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Bill Brunelle

Bill Brunelle
Co-founder, Independent We Stand --- Independent We Stand (IWS) educates communities about the benefits of supporting locally owned businesses. IWS inspires small business owners to celebrate their locally owned status and helps consumers understand their value. IWS is sponsored by STIHL, Do it Best Corp. and PPG Paints.

10 Wins on Small Business Saturday

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The holiday shopping season will be here before you know it. On Nov. 30, Small Business Saturday will draw millions of shoppers to independent retailers in their communities—and you won’t want to miss out. Here are 10 ways to capitalize …

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America’s Favorite Main Street Celebrates Award

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After months of nominations, voting and campaigning, it’s finally official: The winner of this year’s America’s Main Streets Contest is Main Street Wellington in Wellington, Ohio. This historic neighborhood earned its place as America’s favorite Main Street with a compelling …

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Why You Need to Buy Into Buying Local

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As the buy-local movement sweeps the country, communities across the U.S. have seen a resurgence in record stores, independent bookstores and unique coffee shops. In the home improvement industry, this resurgence affects communities on an even more intimate level. Retailers …

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5 Reasons to Join a Main Street Organization in Your Community

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Bill Brunelle, Independent We Stand Building a Better Future Just like any good foundation, the community is strongest when all its pieces work together. Around town, small businesses often come together …

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