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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Into Shopping Local

By: Sarah McIntosh, Project Coordinator, Independent We Stand

 Spring is in the air, and in the hardware and home improvement industry, that means busy season is upon us. Thanks to continued support from STIHL and its independent dealers, Independent We Stand is introducing a new Locals Only search engine and mobile apps – just in time for the spring fix-it season. Throughout this season and beyond, small business owners and customers can take advantage of these powerful new tools to connect with one another and help support their local community.

A growing number of consumers want to shop local, and an overwhelming majority of these potential customers go online to find places to do so. The Locals Only search engine is the only tool of its kind for millions of independent businesses. If you are a small business owner, you can make the most of this opportunity by registering your business for free in this ever-growing database of small businesses. This will get you in front of thousands of consumers hungry to ‘buy local’.  To help your business stand out in the crowded marketplace, consider upgrading to a more robust premium membership listing to reach even more consumers during the spring-cleaning season and all year long.

When local-conscious customers aren’t searching on their desktop or laptop computers for small businesses, they’re looking on the go. While these customers navigate the sea of chain stores on a busy day of errands, the Independent We Stand mobile apps point them in the direction of the nearest local business that has what they’re looking for. As a member of Independent We Stand, your business will automatically be listed in the apps. Download the iPhone or Android app for free to find locally owned businesses in your community for all your personal and professional needs.

Whether you’re a consumer or a small business owner, make the most of the busy spring season. Start taking advantage of Independent We Stand’s Locals Only search and mobile apps to get the best lawn in the neighborhood, the perfect paint color for your renovation, and most importantly, find love in all the local places.