Why The Main&Me Downtown App is Better Than Directory-Style Websites

These days, every city needs a mobile app, but how does a city decide what kind of app to build or buy? In our minds, the questions comes down to whether you: 1) build a proprietary downtown app and website that requires: requires enormous development costs and long lead times requires extraordinary cooperation amongst board … Continue reading

Why Don’t People Shop Locally Online?

Every independent business owner and executive director of a downtown shopping district knows that a shirt or dress bought online takes money that could have been spent in your community (and could have helped generate jobs and economic recovery in your community) and ships it off to corporate HQ in Los Angeles, CA or Columbus, … Continue reading

How BALLE, AMIBA, National Mainstreets, Local Firsters or Anyone Else Can Use Main and Me To Start Shifting Shopping Today

Main and Me is the free-to-use website that let’s you put your town online in a day, so you can begin to shift a significant portion of online shopping back to local independent business. It’s a year-round marketplace that excludes national chains while allowing online shoppers to discover what’s for sale in the brick and … Continue reading

A New Way For NELBF Members to Support Your “Shift Your Shopping” Campaigns

A New Way For NELBF Members to Support Your “Shift Your Shopping” Campaigns

Welcome, New England Local Business Forum members! This is a post about how Main and Me supports the New England Local Business Forum-branded “Shift Your Shopping” campaigns which many of you have implemented (with a nod of thanks to reader Imuromo for helping to make the title of this post more coherent!) Until recently, the problem … Continue reading

How Downtown Shopping Districts Can Use Main and Me To Fight The Internet And Win

(The following is a true re-enactment of one of several events that led to the creation of the Main and Me app, available here. Enjoy.) Once upon a time there was a town, and in that town there were many independent shopkeepers, and in a little office in that town there was a Downtown Director … Continue reading

Fixing The Future with David Brancaccio, BALLE and Main and Me

Have you seen the new David Brancaccio Film Fixing The Future yet? It’s about Main Street vs Wall Street, and it explores some of the best new models folks are using to reinvent their local economies. Best of all, the film features a virtual roster of BALLE’s own, including David Korten, Michelle Long, EF Schumacher, … Continue reading