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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2002

Hood River Residents Link “Arms Around Our Town”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/hood-river-residents-link-arms-around-our-town/

More than 200 residents of Hood River, Oregon, linked arms to form a giant circle around their downtown one Friday afternoon in late May. Organized by the Hood River Citizens for Responsible Growth (CRG), the "Arms Around Our Town" event was designed to demonstrate community support for locally owned businesses, and to illustrate just how large a proposed Wal-Mart supercenter would be and how many local stores would be threatened. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2002

Denver’s Asian Businesses Force Wal-Mart Retreat

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/denvers-asian-businesses-force-walmart-retreat/

Strong protest from dozens of Asian small business owners has led Wal-Mart to drop plans for a giant supercenter in west Denver. Wal-Mart had been working with the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) to condemn and bulldoze Alameda Square, a shopping center housing some 25 Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian and Chinese businesses, including the city’s largest Asian grocery store. This spring, DURA declared the center "blighted," the first step in evicting the businesses and clearing the way for Wal-Mart. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2002

Small Businesses Fight Abuse of Eminent Domain

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/small-businesses-fight-abuse-eminent-domain/

Denver’s Asian stores are not alone in facing condemnation for a national chain. In a growing number of court cases around the country, small business owners are challenging attempts by local and state governments to seize their property for chain store development. Traditionally, eminent domain—the power of government to take private property for public use, provided that the owner receive market value—has been used for schools, roads, and other public infrastructure. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2002

Wal-Mart Decision Challenged in New Orleans

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/walmart-decision-challenged-new-orleans/

Opponents of a massive Wal-Mart supercenter approved by the New Orleans City Council in April are fighting the so-called "done deal" on several fronts. A coalition of organizations has filed two lawsuits challenging the decision. The plaintiffs include Smart Growth for Louisiana, the Coliseum Square Association, the Louisiana Landmarks Society, the Historic Magazine Row Association, and the Urban Conservancy. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2002

“Independents Week” Celebrated in Tampa

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/independents-week-celebrated-tampa/

Posters declaring "Celebrate Independents Week!" greeted customers of local stores in Tampa, Florida, during the week of July 4th. "As we celebrate our nation’s independence, we invite you to join us in celebrating our great local independents," the posters read.

Independents Week was conceived by Carla Jimenez, co-owner of Inkwood Books. For several years, Inkwood has used Independence Day as an opportunity to remind customers of the importance of locally owned businesses to the community. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2002

Community Hero Card Promotes Local Businesses and Volunteering

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/community-hero-card-promotes-local-businesses-and-volunteering/

A new program in Minneapolis rewards residents for supporting locally owned businesses and volunteering at local nonprofits. Developed by CHC Data Inc., the new Community HeroCard enables residents to earn rebates by shopping at more than 40 local stores. The rebate doubles if the cardholder volunteers at a nonprofit organization. The card looks like a credit card with a magnetic data strip that works in a standard debit card machine. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 1 Comment | Updated on Jul 1, 2002

Homegrown Economics: In Boulder, Local Businesses Stay Ahead of the Chains

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/homegrown-economics-boulder-local-businesses-stay-ahead-chains/

A profile of the first Independent Business Alliance. Plotting the overthrow of the franchised world, bookstore owner David Bolduc and political organizer Jeff Milchen strategize on how to preserve hometown businesses in Boulder, Colorado, and around the country. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2002

Arcata Prohibits Forumula Restaurants

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/arcata-prohibits-formula-restaurants/

In mid-May, the city council of Arcata, California voted 4-to-1 to enact a citywide cap on the number formula restaurants. The measure must pass a second reading on June 5. It will become law 30 days later. The ordinance defines a formula restaurant as one that shares the same design, menu, trademark, and other characteristics with twelve or more other establishments. The ordinance bars a formula restaurant from locating within the city unless it is replacing an existing formula restaurant at the same location. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2002

Austin Independent Business Alliance Takes Off

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

Steve Bercu, owner of Book People, a large independent bookstore in Austin, Texas, has been increasingly concerned about the decline of the city’s homegrown businesses. Like the rest of the country, Austin has seen as steady influx of national chains. Meanwhile, the local businesses so central to the city’s sense of place and character are disappearing. About a year-and-a-half ago, Bercu learned about the Boulder Independent Business Alliance (BIBA) in Boulder, Colorado and decided to replicate the approach in Austin. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2002

Independent Funeral Homes Rebound

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/independent-funeral-homes-rebound/

Just a few years ago, industry observers were predicting the demise of independent funeral homes. Four giant companies were buying up thousands of independent mortuaries and rapidly consolidating the industry. By processing bodies at large regional embalming plants, buying in bulk, and sharing employees across multiple homes, the chains were expected to gain a significant financial edge over their independent competitors. Continue reading