Independent We Stand: Standing Up For Small Businesses Across America

Don't Be A Loser, Buy LocalThis Guest Post is written by Bill Brunelle, Project Manager on Independent We Stand – A campaign to promote the importance and benefits of buying local.

Whether you live in San Francisco, Calif. or California, Md., you can make an incredible impact on your local community by spending at locally owned businesses
rather than mass merchants. Independent We Stand is all about driving that point home – we are a movement of independent business owners and consumers
across the country dedicated to informing their communities about the importance of “Buying Local” and how these efforts bolster their local economy.

Locally owned businesses like Ralph Helm Inc. reinvest in the local economy at a 60% higher rate than chains. That means better schools, better roads, more support for police, fire and rescue departments and stronger local economies. These locally owned businesses also make every town unique. These are family-owned businesses serving the people of their community – their neighbors, family and friends.

Independent We Stand is sponsored by STIHL, who is proud to be one of a
few power equipment manufacturers to sell its products exclusively through
independent servicing dealers rather than mass merchants. They didn’t become the
number one selling brand of chain saws in the world by allowing mass merchants
to treat STIHL customers like numbers, which is why they are standing up for the
independents that got them where they are today.

Ralph Helm Inc is an authorized local STIHL dealer. To view their selection of STIHL outdoor power equipment or get more information and money saving coupons, visit them online at, call or visit them at any of their two convenient locations: Elgin, IL (815) 788-1616 and Crystal Lake, IL (847) 695-1616.

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