Celebrating Gratitude


Thank you! As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who’s been supportive of ShopLocal.us and the South Bay Business Mavericks in ways small and large over the past three years. … Continue reading

Before you shop, think about this…


It’s scary how one click at Amazon can get you almost anything you need and even delivered to you within the hour. It’s also scary how huge Amazon has become, now dominating delivery of just about every consumable.  This level of hyper-convenience … Continue reading

Small Business Saturday is November 28


For many small businesses, this weekend is the most important time of the year. The shopping season is a perfect time to support small businesses by shopping local. ShopLocal.us supports the Shop Small movement — although we believe shopping local should be … Continue reading

Good Luck to our 2015 Grant Applicants!


Here they are… The 2015 Small Indie Business Grant Applicants!  Click on the links below if you’d like to cast your vote. September 30th is the last day to vote! Winners will be revealed at the South Bay Business Mavericks Gala … Continue reading

You just don’t know the feeling until you win!


ShopLocal.us is presenting it’s 3rd Annual Small Indie Business Grant Awards. Businesses that are based locally in the South Bay of Los Angeles are eligible to apply. Why apply for the grant? Here’s what last year’s winners have to say … Continue reading

ShopLocal.us Grant Money Helps Small Business Veteran after Economic Downturn, Restores His Faith in Humanity


40 years ago, John Post started his business selling his now iconic art photography on the front porch of a local beach market in downtown Manhattan Beach. When the property was sold, he moved his business to another location in … Continue reading

Greater Confidence, a New Website, and Increased Sales! It’s a Win-Win-Win For Last Year’s ShopLocal.us Grant Winner CMS Waterworks


“We are grateful to Heidi and her team for this past opportunity and encourage other aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners to apply for this grant and learn from the best.” — Kris Lauritson   They didn’t want to continue … Continue reading

Get your capes ready! (Be a super marketeer)


Are you serious about taking your marketing to the next level? Then, you’ll definitely want to join us for this exclusive Shop Local Connect Event. It’s all about… CONTENT MARKETING Many business owners aren’t sure exactly what content marketing is, … Continue reading

Small business marketing reminders (we love these!)


We love these reminders about what small business marketing is and is not all about. Many start-ups need to gain awareness in the marketplace, but often think that everyone is their customer.  This is not the case. It’s important to … Continue reading

Workshop: What the heck is content marketing?


WHAT THE HECK IS CONTENT MARKETING? “Content Marketing means creating and sharing valuable free content to attract and convert prospects into customers, and customers into repeat buyers.” — copyblogger[dot]com Content marketing also helps to position YOU AS AN AUTHORITY in … Continue reading