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Main Street Contest Announces Quarterfinalists

Main Street Contest

After more than 494,000 total votes cast for 216 entrants, Independent We Stand (IWS) has announced the quarterfinalists for their sixth annual America’s Main Street contest, “Road to Recovery.”  The next phase of voting will take place Nov. 15 through …

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America’s Main Street Contest Celebrates Small Businesses

As part of its pursuit to promote and build up small businesses across the county, Independent We Stand (IWS) today launched the sixth annual America’s Main Street contest, “Road to Recovery.” During the three-month long contest, consumers and businesses can …

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Setting Up for a Successful Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

Your niche category is well stocked, well merchandised and ready for customers to shop. Rather than just wait for customers to discover the department on their own, one of the best ways to get customers into the store is by …

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Home Hardware Hosting Trade Shows

Home Hardware Stores Limited is hosting a trade show series for contractors, builders, renovators and other tradespeople starting Thursday. The events are invitation-only and, starting in Ottawa, Ontario, will stop in seven cities across Canada. The HH PRO Contractor Tradeshows were previously …

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Retail Sales, House-Hasson Market Attendance Up

House-Hasson Hardware leaders say its summer 2014 market was the best-attended market in the company’s 105-year history, with a corresponding increase in sales. A House-Hasson market typically attracts up to 2,000 people. Don Hasson, president of House-Hasson Hardware, says a …

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Ceva Courtemanche: 2013 Young Retailer of the Year

Ceva Courtemanche - Feature

To watch the full video, click here. In addition to managing all aspects of the business including financial and operational execution, Courtemanche oversaw Hensel’s niche expansion projects in departments like kitchen, furniture, appliances, barbecue and old-fashioned candy. Her vision for …

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Jeremy Stine: 2013 Young Retailer of the Year

Jeremy Stine Video

To watch the full video, click here. After working for the National Lumber Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA), Stine returned to his family’s 12-store operation to help develop a stronger online presence. Since then, Stine integrated e-commerce functionality into the …

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Justin Ellis: 2013 Young Retailer of the Year

Justin-Ellis-Winner-Video

To watch the full video, click here. Identifying a lack of brand messaging and consistency in the variety of current marketing, Ellis spearheaded a rebranding effort and a store name change. The rebrand offered Ellis the opportunity to remodel both …

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