Links & Resources

SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY'S BUSINESSES:
POST A LINK TO YOUR DOWNTOWN FIRST BUSINESS DIRECTORY!

It's easy to link to your town's Downtown First Webpage and Business Directory from your own web page. We can provide you with a logo (button) unique to your town. There are two logos to choose from: a colored version and a blue version.

Click here to learn how to post a link to your downtown's business directory on your website, and to see the custom buttons for each town. You will just have to copy the code under the logo (button) of your choice and paste it into the code of your website.  Here are some examples of the web buttons:

DF button  DF button

Bridgeville First Button  Bridgeville First Button



HEALTHY DOWNTOWN BUSINESS PROGRAM:

Below are the handouts for the Allegheny Together businesses participating in the employee walking program. If you provide TCA with completed forms when we come to pick them up in September, you'll get a prize!

Program Overview
• Walking Log: Log Your Miles! (coming soon)
Pre-Evaluation
Post-Evauation

 

 

Celebrate Your Independents Week Flier!

July 1st - 7th is a national celebration to honor our fabulous local businesses

Click here to download a free Independents Week Flier for Your Business or Community!

National Organizations for Supporting Local Economies

American Independent Business Alliance
www.amiba.net

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
www.livingeconomies.org

Institute for Local Self-Reliance
www.ilsr.org

New Rules - The Hometown Advantage, Reviving Locally-Owned Businesses
www.newrules.org/retail/index.php

Related Books & Articles

Survey Finds Support for Local First Boosted Holiday Spending at Independent Stores
Survey Results

How Big is Too Big?
Understanding the Size of Big Box Stores Relative to Typical Downtown Retailers
www.newrules.org/retail/howbigisbig.html

Key Studies on Big Box Retailers
Wages, Employment, Impact on Existing Businesses, City Costs, and More
www.bigboxtoolkit.com/images/pdf/keystudies.pdf

Economic Studies of Locally Owned Businesses
Links to a Variety of Studies Illustrating the Positive Impact of Locally Owned Businesses
www.bookweb.org/advocacy/studies.html

Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age (book)
by Mark Shuman, Institute for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship

Home Town Advantage: How to Protect Your Main Street from Chain Stores and Why It Matters (book)
by Stacy Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

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