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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Feb 11, 2015

Buoyed by Public Support, Independent Businesses Report Strong Sales Growth, National Survey Finds

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/2015-independent-business-survey-independent-businesses-report-strong-sales-growth/

Independent businesses saw strong sales growth in 2014 as more consumers embraced the “buy local” movement and ditched big companies in favor of supporting local retailers and small-scale producers, according to a large national survey released today. Continue reading

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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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ILSR Press Room filed under General | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2014

New Survey: Independent Businesses 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/ilsr-aib-release-national-independent-business-survey/

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 6, 2014) — 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.

The survey was conducted by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) in partnership with the Advocates for Independent Business (AIB) coalition. 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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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, 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

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 14, 2010

Holiday Sales Increase at Independent Businesses, National Survey Finds

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

More holiday shoppers deliberately sought out locally owned businesses this year, according to a national survey of more than 1,800 independent businesses. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2009

Independent Retailers Outperform Chains Over Holidays, National Survey Finds

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/independent-retailers-outperform-chains-over-holidays-national-survey-finds/

In an extremely challenging economic climate, independent retailers are outperforming many chains, a national survey has found. Continue reading