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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 1 Comment | Updated on Sep 3, 2009

Does the NFIB Really Represent the Interests of Independent Businesses?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/does-nfib-really-represent-interests-independent-businesses/

Today, in the New York Times small business blog, Robb Mandelbaum examines the membership of the National Federation of Independent Businesses has plummeted and takes a look at how the group has lobbied for tax loopholes that boost the profits of big chains, while forcing independent businesses to pay more.   

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 2 Comments | Updated on Aug 19, 2009

Neighborhood Stores: An Overlooked Strategy for Fighting Global Warming

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/neighborhood-stores-overlooked-strategy-fighting-global-warming/

So far, the public debate about cars and climate change has been dominated by fuel economy. But driving has been growing at such a rapid pace that even a big advance in fuel economy is likely to be wiped out by ever more miles on the road. This is where local stores come in.  Dozens of studies have found that people who live near small stores walk more for errands and, when they do drive, their trips are shorter. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Justin Dahlheimer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 14, 2009

A Walgreens without a pharmacy…what gives?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/walgreens-without-pharmacywhat-gives/

A recently opened Walgreens in Fargo, North Dakota, is not filling prescriptions.  Corporate greed, not state law, is preventing the retailer from putting a pharmacy in the store. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 11, 2009

Internet Sales Tax Fairness – North Carolina

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/internet-sales-tax-fairness/2885-2/

In August 2009, North Carolina passed a measure requiring large e-commerce retailers to collect and remit state sales taxes if they generate more than $10,000 in sales a year through in-state sales affiliates. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2009

“Buy Local” Helps Main Street Merchants and Other Independents Survive Recession

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/buy-local-helps-main-street-merchants-and-other-independents-survive-recession/

A growing body of evidence suggests that public enthusiasm for all things local and independent is on the rise, providing locally owned businesses with a measure of insulation from the worst effects of the recession, even as some of their biggest competitors teeter and collapse. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2009

Stacy Mitchell Discusses the Decline of Shopping Malls

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/stacy-mitchell-discusses-decline-shopping-malls/

Michael Krasny’s Forum program on KQED, the NPR affiliate in Northern California, featured ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell as part of a panel discussion on the decline of shopping malls. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 4 Comments | Updated on Jul 22, 2009

Starbucks Goes Stealth with Unbranded, “Local” Cafes

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/starbucks-goes-stealth-unbranded-local-cafes/

In one of the more brazen attempts by a corporation to disguise itself as a locally owned business, Starbucks is un-branding at least three of it Seattle outlets.   Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 21, 2009

Formula Business Restriction – McCall, ID

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/formula-business-restrictions/2863-2/

In 2006, McCall, Idaho, enacted an ordinance that limits formula restaurants to only 10% of the total number of restaurants and limits formula retail businesses to no more than 10% of the total number of "like businesses" in town.  Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 21, 2009

Internet Sales Tax Fairness – Rhode Island

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/internet-sales-tax-fairness/2862-2/

In 2009, Rhode Island began requiring e-commerce retailers to collect and remit state sales taxes if they generate more than $5,000 in sales through in-state sales affiliates. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 8 Comments | Updated on Jul 9, 2009

The Corporate Co-Opt of Local

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

HSBC, one of the biggest banks on the planet, has taken to calling itself "the world’s local bank."  Starbucks is un-branding at least three of its Seattle outlets, the first of which just reopened as "15th Avenue Coffee and Tea." The International Council of Shopping Centers is pouring millions of dollars into television ads urging people to "Shop Local" — at their nearest mall.

Hoping to capitalize on growing public enthusiasm for all things local, some of the world’s biggest corporations are brashly laying claim to the word “local.” Continue reading