Independents: The Unsung Heroes of the American Economy
Business isn't as robust as it once was, but the "buy local" movement is gaining legs. Show your community that you fuel the local economy, that the profits you generate stay in their town, and that their friends and neighbors work for you.
Act like an entrepreneur, share your vision, be passionate about your business, work hard, be persistent, be willing to change and connect with your community. Sounds like a formula for continued growth and success.