Poplin: So you’re saying there’s a chance

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It’s almost time for the second Indie Awards, brought to you by The Ann and Think Local First of Washtenaw County.

We’re incredibly proud to be a part of this celebration, because we know how hard it is to operate a successful local business.

The statistics are so depressing, it’s a wonder anyone tries their hand at entrepreneurship. Eight out of 10 new businesses fail in the first 18 months, Bloomberg says. Even the weather conspired against them this winter, when the snow and ice kept local shoppers below normal levels.

But entrepreneurs don’t trade in negativity. In a poll of 1,000 small business owners conducted by Deluxe Corp., 86 percent said they believe they can do anything they set their minds to, and 77 percent said they’d rather learn from failure than never try.

The Indie Awards celebrate that positivity, plus the fact that so many locally owned businesses have bucked the odds, helping the community in the process. (Spend $100 at a local business, $68 recirculates here; spend it with a non-local business, only $43 stays here.)

Check out thinklocalfirst.net to learn how to recognize your favorite local businesses. More info on the awards here, too: 2014.05.04 (pdf)

We’re so geeked about the Indie Awards, we’re doing something we’ve never done before. Instead of publishing a regular issue in July, we’ll help Think Local First of Washtenaw County publish its annual resource guide.

Just like a regular issue of The Ann, it will be included in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and various editions of The Ann Arbor News. But we’ll print thousands more copies than normal and distribute them all around the county. Stay tuned for more about the resource guide and the celebration (spoiler alert: a street party is involved) in upcoming issues of The Ann.

Kyle Poplin, wants to clear the ethical air: He’s on the board of Think Local First of Washtenaw County. Give him your theories on why so many people ignore the odds and become entrepreneurs; email theannmag@gmail.com, call 369-4239, or visit facebook.com/theannmag or theannmag.com.


Kyle Poplin

Kyle Poplin is co-founder and editor of The Ann magazine.