Communities Celebrate Independents Week

Date: 21 Jul 2008 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

During the first week of July, over 40 local business alliances across the country celebrated Independents Week, an annual event that draws public attention to the importance of supporting locally owned, independent businesses.… Read More

Seacoast Local Urges Residents to “Think Local First”

Date: 11 Jun 2008 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Seacoast Local has grown into a broad movement of independent businesses, nonprofit organizations, and citizens working together to protect and strengthen New Hampshire’s local economy, civic fabric, and distinctive character.… Read More

Gift Cards that Keep on Giving

Date: 21 Feb 2008 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Sales of gift card are soaring, but most of the spending on gift cards is flowing to chain retailers. A growing number of independent retailers are offering their own giftcards now too, but the key to shifting a substantial share of this activity to the local economy may lie in developing gift cards that work at many local businesses, rather than just one. … Read More

“Local First” Spurring Shopping and Policy Changes in Utah

Date: 12 Sep 2007 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A two-year-old campaign dedicated to building greater support for locally owned businesses in Salt Lake City and across Utah is having a considerable impact. Sales are up, according to participating businesses, and a recent poll by The Salt Lake Tribune found that 3 out 4 residents want the city to adopt policies that favor local businesses and limit where and how many chains are allowed. … Read More

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