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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

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Justin Dahlheimer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2009

Virginia State Supreme Court Ruling Halts a Wal-Mart Supercenter

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/virginia-state-supreme-court-ruling-halts-walmart-supercenter/

The grassroots group, Blacksburg United for Responsible Growth (BURG), is celebrating a Virginia Supreme Court decision that impedes Wal-Mart’s entry into its community. Continue reading

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

Years of Subsidizing Retail and Nothing to Show for It

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/years-subsidizing-retail-and-nothing-show-it/

Despite an enormous commitment of public funding to support retail development, neither taxable sales nor retail employment has grown significantly in the St. Louis, a new report finds. The report concludes that development incentives have done nothing to boost tax revenue in the metro and "the overall fiscal health of local governments in the region is increasingly tenuous. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Justin Dahlheimer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 2, 2009

Group Pressures Home Depot into Dropping Plans for Store

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/group-pressures-home-depot-dropping-plans-store/

The grassroots group, the Sunland-Tujunga Alliance has pressured Home Depot into dropping plans for locating in its community after a messy, five-year fight. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2009

Stacy Mitchell speaking about the growth of the local business movement (Video)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/stacy-mitchell-speaking-about-growth-local-business-movement/

Stacy Mitchell speaking about the growth of the local business movement at the American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute conference in Salt Lake City on Jan. 29, 2009. Continue reading