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Hit the Road With Renee: Nashville Businesses Focus on Community


After a completing Day 1 of the Great American Red, White and Q Road Trip, the Independent We Stand team and I settled in our hotel in Asheville, North Carolina, for one more night before journeying on to Nashville, Tennessee. We …

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Hit the Road With Renee: Asheville Highlights Artists and Entrepreneurs


“On the road again!” Those lyrics have never been more accurate as I embark upon another road trip visiting independent hardware stores and other local businesses diversifying communities across the U.S. My name is Renee Changnon and I’m the retail …

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Hit the Road With Renee: Heading Out on Another Journey

road trip

My name is Renee Changnon and I’m the retail outreach coordinator with the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA). On March 4-8, I’ll be heading out on my fourth journey with Independent We Stand for its annual road trip as a …

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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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Retailer Honored With Spirit of Independents Award

Spirit of Independents Award

When Samantha Post of T&M Hardware took the stage to accept an award Dec. 6, she wasn’t just representing her family’s business. She was asking a crowd of retailers to look beyond their own operations to support small business in …

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Independent We Stand’s 2018 Indie Award Quarterfinalists Announced

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Americans cast thousands of votes for 171 nominees during the nominations phase of the eighth annual Independent We Stand Independent Small Business of the Year Award, also known as the Indie Award. Each year, Independent We Stand, a national small …

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Rust Belt Town on Lake Erie Wins National Main Street Title

america's main streets

Independent We Stand is pleased to recognize Bridge Street Ashtabula in Ashtabula, Ohio, as the $25,000 winner of America’s Main Streets contest. As a top ten finalist two years in a row, voters rallied this year to push Ashtabula—population 18,311—to the top …

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Spread the Word: Shopping Local vs. Amazon Makes a Difference

local vs. amazon

Do the people in your area realize that where they spend their home improvement dollars makes a significant impact on their communities? When homeowners, other DIYers and professionals shop at your store or other independent home improvement businesses, seven times …

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