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Small Business Saturday: Where to Shop Small in Denver

Heather Garbo | Posted 11.25.2016 | Denver
Heather Garbo

I've never been a fan of Black Friday. My preferred post-Thanksgiving activity is lounging on a couch with a movie and leftovers. I definitely don't w...

Why I Shop Local... And Why It's Easier Than You Think

Heather Garbo | Posted 06.13.2016 | Denver
Heather Garbo

I admit it -- I have an Amazon account. I may love to shop local, but nothing is ever all black or all white, is it? I recognize that sometimes I'm just not going to find what I'm looking for at the local independent shops. And sometimes it's just easier to have it delivered. And, that's okay. I still consider myself a "localist" because I believe in the value of shopping locally, and do so as often as I can.

The New Rule of Thumb: Adjust Your Marketing for a Mobile World

Julie Niehoff | Posted 06.02.2016 | Business
Julie Niehoff

Our thumbs separate us from the rest of the animal kingdom. And never has that been more evident than today, with mobile technology in almost every ha...

Is My Kindle Reading Harming My Beloved Community Bookstore?

Heather Garbo | Posted 04.25.2016 | Denver
Heather Garbo

I took a long time to get on board with the whole Kindle thing but once I did, I was all in. Yet I love my neighborhood bookstore (they serve wine!) and I try to patronize them as much as possible.

How to Shop Small and Give Local in May

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.19.2016 | Business
Craig Newmark

Hey, giving back to local businesses is a really good way to support local economies, and help out to causes that're important. Give Local America is...

5 Tips for Expanding Your Local Business Online

Michelle McGlade | Posted 03.07.2016 | Business
Michelle McGlade

Are you looking for ways to take part or all of your local business to the global stage? While technology continues to increase accessibility to globa...

5 Effective Local Marketing Ideas for Small Businesses

Yatin Khulbe | Posted 01.21.2016 | Business
Yatin Khulbe

It's easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest marketing techniques as more and more come our way, but it's always important to take a step back and make sure that you have a good foundation in place and none of your previous tactics are slipping.

Before You Click: Amazon vs. Local Business (Infographic)

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 12.15.2015 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

Amazon is rapidly expanding its online empire, but behind the conveniences that the company offers are a lot of hidden costs. We put together an info...

Where a Michigan Street and Change Meet

Maja Tosic | Posted 07.29.2016 | Impact
Maja Tosic

Time travel exists. Just travel down Division Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From Medical Mile to 28th Street, the city shifts from the recently ne...

A Path to Liberation: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.12.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

All over the world, people are rising up to support their communities towards sustainability and collective liberation. This week we share about two grantees in Oakland California who have launched local businesses that support and empower marginalized communities.

8 Cities With Businesses That Are Bursting With Hometown Pride

Posted 04.20.2015 | Business

While the old adage goes “home is where the heart is,” lately it seems to be where the business is, as well. As the world becomes increasingly int...

Where Does Your Money Spend the Night? Rethinking Capitalism

Tyler Jackson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Tyler Jackson

If we want to effect social change at scale, investors need to enlist the capital markets by injecting intention and purpose into every financial decision.

5 Ways Mobile Search Has Changed the Game for Local Businesses

Ian Mills | Posted 03.09.2015 | Small Business
Ian Mills

Business owners who want to stay competitive need to shift their strategies to focus on local SEO, no matter what. Even if your business doesn't have an online store and you have only one physical location, it's important that the growing group of mobile users can easily find you.

Five Ways to Make Holiday Marketing a Year Round Activity

Court Cunningham | Posted 02.12.2015 | Small Business
Court Cunningham

Here are five ways that you can focus on improving business during the holiday season, and tips on how to continue these activities even after every gift has been opened and the leftovers are gone.

My Request to Local Businesses: Keep Complaining

Sharon Rowlands | Posted 01.24.2015 | Small Business
Sharon Rowlands

As CEO of a digital marketing company, I know all too well that local businesses are NOT happy with the online marketing industry as a whole.

No Online Marketing Budget? Use These 7 Tips to Grow Your Business In-House.

Jonathan Long | Posted 01.14.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Every small business would love to dive head first into online marketing, but many hit a roadblock when exploring the many options available: their budget.

Local SEO: Focus on Traffic, Not Rankings.

Jonathan Long | Posted 12.08.2014 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Useless reports full of graphs and rankings are not the metrics that matter when determining how effective a local SEO campaign is.

Real Prosperity Starts Here

Michelle Long | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Michelle Long

After decades of single bottom-line decisions made in board rooms thousands of miles away from the people who are impacted by them, a grassroots upwelling of local businesses has taken matters into their own hands.

Chelsea's Legendary Alan's Alley Video Reopens... Here's Why It Matters

Christopher Lee Nutter | Posted 10.12.2014 | New York
Christopher Lee Nutter

Alan's Alley is more than a store -- it's a real New York experience, and a precious Chelsea treasure. If you are a New Yorker -- and especially if you live downtown -- here's why you should drop by the new location.

The Welcoming Project: Promoting Businesses That Welcome Everyone

Ty McCarthy | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ty McCarthy

An Oklahoma non-profit is pouring water on the 'right to refuse' prairie fire that is spreading across the United States. Dr. Meredith Worthen, Assist...

7 Ways to Give Back While You Travel

Adam Pervez | Posted 05.10.2014 | Travel
Adam Pervez

Traveling is one of life's biggest privileges. Adventures and experiences of a lifetime are ripe for the picking on all seven continents and people often ask me how they can give back while they travel. Here are some suggestions.

Taking Photos in Front of Your Business Earns Them Bragging Rights

Kare Anderson | Posted 04.02.2014 | Business
Kare Anderson

Spurring passersby to take photos or videos in front of your business can pull them through the door and pull columnists to cover "our" story. "The ci...

Remember Your Favorite Small Business This Holiday Season

Gary Shapiro | Posted 01.29.2014 | Small Business
Gary Shapiro

The men and women who launch these businesses are examples of entrepreneurship and models of the American dream. Their innovations make our neighborhoods better places to live and strengthen our economy. Remember them and shop local on November 30 -- and throughout the year.

7 Strategies Local Businesses Can Use to Engage College Students

Libby Oellerich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Libby Oellerich

If students can "physically" interact with your brand and understand your link to campus life, you've got their attention. Provide your social media contact first.

Notes From a Coffee Shop

Scott Carey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Scott Carey

We dreamed of a shop focused on seasonal quality coffees, but like our parents once set strict rules around chores and eating our vegetables, the federal, state and city government set strict regulations around business building. Realizing the dream of our perfect coffee shop felt blocked by complicated and cumbersome rules and process.