As independent retailers, we know how to ride the roller coaster of running a small business. We know there are ups and downs, we expect them and we handle the dips the best we can. We are scrappy! But with Covid-19, we are facing one of the most challenging times as a small business community. This is more than a recession. A non-essential and small business closing mandate means that we need … [Read more...] about 5 Things Store Owners Can Do During Mandated Closures
Recycling at home has become the norm, but have you ever thought about ways to be more environmentally friendly in your business? What exactly does Eco-friendly mean? It simply means earth-friendly and not harmful to the environment. You might be asking why is it important to do this as a business owner? Because consumers are asking for it. Going green isn’t a fad. Shoppers are embracing this … [Read more...] about 11 Ways to Make Your Shop More Eco-friendly
If you own a brick and mortar store, you might keep hearing that you should provide your customers with “an experience” in your store. I don’t believe brick and mortar retail is “dead” or “dying,” but I do believe in-store experiences make you unique and gives you a competitive edge over online retailers. Creating experiences is a way to draw your ideal customer into your store while providing … [Read more...] about Why and How to Run a Make and Take in Your Shop
If you’re approaching your first holiday season as a brick and mortar store owner or you need a little help preparing for the busy season, consider this your mini small business guide for holiday planning! I know, I know it’s Summer. Why are we talking about the holidays? For seasoned retailers, working way ahead of the seasons is probably the norm. But for new retailers, I often hear … [Read more...] about Small Business Guide For Holiday Planning
We all learn from each other, so why not share the ins and outs of everything it takes to start, run and grow your own business. Whether you’re an established brick and mortar, or someone who’s in the process of creating their own business, our new, monthly small business blog feature will focus on connecting entrepreneurial spirits, like you, with expert insight from small business owner, Kathy … [Read more...] about Meet Small Business Blogger – Kathy Cruz!