Are you a ‘buy local’ person? Did you ditch the big box stores and shop small for this holiday season? If so, then you get a gold star! Buying local is investing in your community. It’s taking your hard-earned cash and giving it to your neighbor. That transfer of money doesn’t go out of town; it stays right here in Pittsburgh.
But, shopping small is not be the only way to support your favorite local business. There is now a way to ‘invest local!’
We spoke with Ken Martin, Co-founder of Honeycomb Credit, to learn about the struggles small businesses… Read the rest
Since election day, I have been thinking about best ways to support a sense of community, especially locally community right here in Pittsburgh. I wrote a blog post the week after election day with ways to support local community, number 1 on the list was shop local. I would like to update that list to include lend local and I think that Kiva loans are one of the best ways to support small businesses by investing and reinvesting funds in local communities. Kiva.org started as a platform to make loans to business owners in developing countries. A few years ago… Read the rest
Check out these special Cyber Monday promotions from some of these great local Pittsburgh businesses. We have picked out a gift or two from each of these shops – but make sure to click through to see more great items available. Some of the promotions end today and some run longer.
View the story “Cyber Monday Specials from Pittsburgh Businesses” on Storify]… Read the rest
Image by lazytcrochet via Flickr
One of the things that makes Pittsburgh great – is the affordable cost of living here. In recent years, a number of groups have started to promote and support local crafters and artists. Now there are lots of festivals, some shops and websites where you can purchase interesting, one of a kind, handmade items from local artists and crafters. Over the past few years the craft seen in Pittsburgh has flourished with a couple of different groups working to promote handmade businesses. A few years ago, I had a ton of fun spending an afternoon… Read the rest
Image by mbfulk via FlickrPittsburgh has some resources for people that want to start businesses, especially technology businesses. I have attended some of the work shops at the Tech Council, definitely worth a few hours of your time.
I just wanted to highlight AlphaLab (they have a blog here). I mentioned AlphaLab recently because they have a really great office on Carson St. and were kind enough to host the reception for this years PodCamp Pittsburgh.
AlphaLab is a project of Innovation Works that provides support to starting companies, if your project is selected AlphaLab helps with funding, office space,… Read the rest