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About Stacy Mitchell

Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and directs its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a range of allies to design and implement policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen community-rooted enterprise.  She is the author of Big-Box Swindle and also produces a popular monthly newsletter, the Hometown Advantage Bulletin.  Connect with her on twitter and catch her TEDx Talk: Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy. More

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Main Street
Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 26, 2013

Locally owned businesses can help communities thrive — and survive climate change

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/locally-owned-businesses-communities-thrive-survive-climate-change/

Cities where small, locally owned businesses account for a relatively large share of the economy have stronger social networks, more engaged citizens, and better success solving problems, according to several recently published studies. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 27, 2013

Why Walmart’s Death Grip on Our Food System Is Intensifying Poverty

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/walmarts-death-grip-food-system-intensifying-poverty/

When Michelle Obama visited a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri, a few weeks ago to praise the company’s efforts to sell healthier food, she did not say why she chose a store in Springfield of all cities. But, in ways that Obama surely did not intend, it was a fitting choice. This Midwestern city provides a chilling look at where Walmart wants to take our food system. Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2013

ILSR Statement on the Reintroduction of the Marketplace Fairness Act

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/ilsr-statement-reintroduction-marketplace-fairness-act/

In response to the reintroduction of the Marketplace Fairness Act in the U.S. Senate today, Stacy Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance released the following statement.
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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2013

Survey Finds Independent Businesses Benefit from “Buy Local First” Campaigns, But Challenges Loom

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/2013-independent-business-survey/

ILSR’s annual survey has found that independent businesses experienced solid revenue growth in 2012, buoyed in part by “buy local first” initiatives. But the survey also documented challenges facing independent businesses, most notably an increase in “showrooming” and competition from online retailers, tax and subsidy policies that favor their big competitors, difficulty obtaining loans, and a customer base still reeling from the recession. Continue reading

Small Business Owners Photo
Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 3, 2013

ILSR’s Annual Independent Business Survey

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/surveys/

ILSR’s annual Independent Business Survey gathers data from thousands of locally owned, independent businesses across the country. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 17, 2013

Stacy Mitchell on Food Chain Radio

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/stacy-mitchell-food-chain-radio/

On January 12, 2013, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell was a guest on Michael Olson’s syndicated Food Chain radio show, where they discussed the shocking level of corporate consolidation in the economy and debated whether we can shop our way back to a strong local economy. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 20, 2012

Bangladesh Fire Shows Why We Can’t Trust Walmart to Green Its Supply Chain

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/bangladesh-fire-shows-trust-walmart-green-supply-chain/

If Walmart will not pay 3 percent more for basic fire safety, if it readily abandons factories when cheaper production can be had elsewhere, if it declines even to come clean about where its goods are made – then how can we buy Walmart’s claim that it will transform factories across Asia into models of sustainability? Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 14, 2012

Local Revival: Building a Decentralized Economy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/local-revival-building-decentralized-economy/

Local farms, independent retailers, and community banks are all experiencing newfound public support. While these trends are encouraging, local businesses still account for only a small share of the economy. In this 15-minute talk, given in May 2012, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell presents a compelling case for moving local enterprises from the economy’s margins to its mainstream. Continue reading

Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 17 Comments | Updated on Dec 10, 2012

Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/why-support-locally-owned-businesses/

Here are the ten short-and-sweet reasons why supporting independent businesses is critical to the well-bring of our communities and our economy. Continue reading

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filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 6, 2012

Paying It Homeward

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/paying-homeward/

Metroland, December 6, 2012 Are buy-local initiatives having a positive impact on local economies? To many, the answer is a resounding “yes” Sharon Fenno knew that many consumers have been rethinking their shopping strategies in recent years to be more supportive of locally owned businesses, but she was still surprised by something that happened recently… Continue reading