Over the span of a week, we visited independent businesses in well-known barbecue communities to see how small businesses and Main Street organizations across our country continue to provide new opportunities for their communities.
During the road trip, we traveled more than 1,000 miles and made stops in some of the best-known cities for barbecue, starting in Asheville, North Carolina, and finishing our trip in Kansas City, Missouri. Throughout the journey, we stayed in independent hotels, ate barbecue at local restaurants and spoke with independent business owners from a variety of industries, including hardware and home improvement.
As my fourth road trip with the Independent We Stand team, this trip helped confirm my belief and appreciation that small businesses reflect their communities and bring new potential to their neighbors.
The business owners I met were all passionate about the operations they run, the employees they work with, the customers they serve and the communities where they live. Unlike a chain store, which provides a sense of sameness no matter where they are located in the country, independent businesses have something that help them stand out and shine.
If you would like to read about all the businesses and restaurants I visited during this trip, be sure to read the daily summaries.