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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 19, 2014

Findings of the 2014 Independent Business Survey

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/findings-2014-independent-business-survey/

This presentation presents the key findings of the 2014 Independent Business Survey. It includes new data on the impact of “buy local” campaigns; a ranking of the biggest challenges facing small businesses, from online competitors to the difficulty of obtaining financing; and information on the public policy changes that small business owners believe would most help their businesses. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2014

Independent Business Owners Report Growing Public Support, Call for Policies to Level the Playing Field

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/2014-survey/

A survey of 2,602 independent business owners across the U.S. has found that the Buy Local message is boosting customer traffic and improving the outlook on Main Street. But entrepreneurs also say policymakers need to do more to create a level playing field and ensure that small local businesses have an equal opportunity to compete. Continue reading

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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

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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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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

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 1 Comment | Updated on Jan 26, 2012

Independent Businesses Report Strong Holiday Sales

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/independent-businesses-report-strong-holiday-sales/

An annual survey has found that independent businesses had strong sales growth over the holidays and appear to be benefitting from growing public interest in supporting locally owned retail stores, banks, restaurants, and other enterprises. Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 2 Comments | Updated on Mar 1, 2011

Localism Index

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

Perhaps we’re not doomed to an economy controlled by a few giant corporations after all. A growing number of signs suggest that local, independent businesses might just be making a comeback.

Inspired by the Harper’s Index, we’ve compiled a list of key indicators of a return to the local. Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 4 Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2011

Survey Finds “Buy Local” Message Benefitting Independent Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/survey-finds-buy-local-message-benefitting-independent-businesses/

For the fourth year in a row, a national survey of independent businesses has found that those in communities with an active "buy local" campaign have experienced markedly stronger revenue growth compared to those located in areas without such a campaign. Continue reading