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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 28, 2009

New Tool Helps Low-Income Communities Evaluate Food Retailers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/new-tool-helps-lowincome-communities-evaluate-food-retailers/

The newly published Sustainable Food Retail Framework aims to help cities struggling with a lack of grocery stores in low-income neighborhoods better balance the need to quickly fill the gaps (a mandate that often favors large supermarket chains) with the advantages of fostering development that delivers more long-term stability and greater economic, community, and environmental benefits (a framework that favors local business). Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Justin Dahlheimer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 24, 2009

Canadian City Council Rejects Wal-Mart’s Bid to Expand

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/canadian-city-council-rejects-walmarts-bid-expand/

Sticking up for its downtown businesses, the Owen Sound City Council derailed Wal-Mart’s plans to expand a current store into a supercenter. Continue reading

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

Local Purchasing Preference – San Jose, CA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/2729-2/

San Jose grants local small businesses (those with 35 or fewer employees) a 5% price preference in the awarding of city contracts. For services provided through a request-for-proposal process, local small businesses receive a 10% point advantage. Continue reading

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

Local Purchasing Preference – Madison, WI

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/2727-2/

On purchases over $5,000, the city of Madison, Wisconsin, grants local businesses a 1% price preference on bids and a 5% point preference on RFPs (request for proposal).  Continue reading

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

Local Purchasing Preference – Los Angeles

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/2726-2/

On contracts of $100,000 or less, the city of Los Angeles grants a 10% preference to small, local businesses.  A small, local business is defined as one that is independently owned and operated, located in the county of Los Angeles, and not "dominant in its field of operations."  Los Angeles County also grants small, local businesses a 5% preference on county contracts. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2009

Local Purchasing Preference – Indiana

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/2724-2/

Indiana grants a 15% preference to small, independent businesses, as defined below, and gives all other local businesses a preference of 1-5%, depending on the size of the contract.  Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 19, 2009

Preventing Dark Malls & Vacant Big Boxes

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

A growing number of towns are inundated with chronically vacant big-box stores and shopping centers. Here’s how to prevent big-box blight in your community. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Justin Dahlheimer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 18, 2009

Residents Vote Down Wal-Mart

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

Thanks to a well-organized grassroots campaign, Plaistow, NH, residents voted down (80% opposed) a request by Wal-Mart to rezone residential property to make way for a supercenter. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Justin Dahlheimer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 13, 2009

Leslieville Group Stops Big-Box Shopping Center

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/leslieville-group-stops-bigbox-shopping-center/

The grassroots group, East Toronto Community Coalition, was awarded for its efforts when the Ontario Municipal Board rejected a developer’s plan to bring a big-box plaza to the Toronto neighborhood of Leslieville. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 2 Comments | Updated on Mar 12, 2009

Four Corporate Tax Loopholes States Should Close

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/four-corporate-tax-loopholes-states-should-close/

Doing so would ease budget shortfalls and restore a measure of fairnessfor small businesses, which lack access to these loopholes and end upshouldering a heavier tax burden than their big competitors. Some evidence even suggests that leveling the playing field may help spur entrepreneurialism and job growth. Continue reading