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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

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 2 Comments | Updated on Jun 23, 2009

Death of the Category Killers

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

Borders Books is on "death watch," according to one industry observer. Virgin shut down its last U.S. record store this month. Office Depot and Staples are struggling.  Circuit City is gone.  Best Buy has launched a desperate ad campaign.

While the decline of independent businesses has leveled off, the rest of the retail sector is undergoing dramatic consolidation as a small number of massive companies become ever more dominant. This is an ominous trend for manufacturers and consumers, and it exposes serious flaws in U.S. antitrust policy.  Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 3 Comments | Updated on Jun 12, 2009

Wal-Mart to Create 22,000 Jobs — and Destroy Many Thousands More

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/walmart-create-22000-jobs-and-destroy-many-thousands-more/

Wal-Mart announced that it would create 22,000 new jobs in the U.S. to staff new and expanded stores.  But, in all likelihood, Wal-Mart’s expansion will make the U.S. employment picture worse, not better.  Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Justin Dahlheimer | No Comments | Updated on May 22, 2009

Wal-Mart’s Faulty Impact Report Leads California Judge to Block Project

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/walmarts-faulty-impact-report-leads-california-judge-block-project/

A coalition of environmental and community groups are celebrating a recent San Bernardino County Superior Court judge’s decision that invalidates Wal-Mart’s environmental impact report (EIR), preventing a supercenter from locating in their community. Continue reading