Large grocery chains such as Whole Foods have jumped on the local food bandwagon by finding niche local food suppliers. But it’s not always easy for these small stores to expand at the rate needed to meet Whole Foods’ unforeseen order sizes. Some local businesses even choose to reject Whole Foods’ requests in fear that their product quality will suffer. But when local businesses do accept the call to the big leagues, Whole Foods is patient with companies trying to meet these large order requests.
talk small, hear small, eat, sleep and breathe small. Because when you’re trying to connect with a small business, you must understand everything about those who run them.
One of the largest craft brewers in the US wants to keep the passion going. Stone Brewing CEO and co-founder, Greg Koch, remembers all too well how he felt when he started up in 1996. That’s why he formed True Craft – a $100 million company charged with investing in small craft brewers. Their goal is to help keep these small brewers independent and in charge of their operations – rather than ultimately selling out to the big guys.
Motivated to earn money to buy a $400 Lego Star Wars Death Star set, 8-year-old Jack Bonneau approached his father with an idea for starting his own lemonade stand.
Shops on Etsy.com now have an option to make their products stand out more through a new website builder called Pattern—the first paid seller service recently launched by Etsy.
The Small Business Utilization Team at Sandia Labs has one mission: find local small businesses that can create the precision prototypes they need. The finished work could end up on the space shuttle or even something called the “Z Machine”. And the Utilization Team put over $500,000 on the balance sheets of small businesses last year alone.
According the Etsy’s second annual consumer report, 86% of their sellers are female. And if you don’t think a shop on their site is a small business, think again.
Aaron Draplin, inventor of Field Notes, shows us how the maker class is able to turn their smaller interests into major livelihoods. One note: Aaron’s passion for his craft sometimes leads to salty language. While the bleep button was considered, we respect how the “Living Off the Wall” series for Vans understands its audience and uses a lighter editing touch for more authentic storytelling.