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Rule filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2015

Local Purchasing Preference — Phoenix

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/local-purchasing-preference-phoenix/

Phoenix is an example of a city that opted to start small. Rather than adopting a change in procurment policy, in 2012, the City of Phoenix altered its process for informal procurements—smaller contracts—instead. The city rolled out its Local Small Business Enterprise Program, which created a database to register small and local businesses. Further, the city said that LSBEs would get the first opportunity to submit quotes for all purchases of goods and services under $50,000. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2015

Local Purchasing Preference — San Diego

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/local-purchasing-preference-san-diego/

Under the City of San Diego’s Small Local Business Enterprise Program, public works contracts valued at $1 million and above include a mandatory subcontractor participation requirement for certified SLBEs, contracts valued between $500,000 and $1 million have a 5 percent bid discount for SLBEs, and contracts valued between $250,000 and $500,000 are only open to certified SLBEs. Other forms of contracts, such as those for goods and services, contain similar elements. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2015

Local Purchasing Preference — Montgomery County, Md.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/local-purchasing-preference-montgomery-county-md/

In Montgomery County, Md., the Local Small Business Reserve Program designates certain solicitations only for LSBRP bidders, and aims to direct 20 percent of county contracts under $10 million to those firms. Under the program, “local” is defined as businesses that are either located only in the county, or businesses with locations both inside and outside of the county, but for which the county-based location accounts for over 50 percent of the total number of employees or over 50 percent of gross sales. The county has registered more than 1,220 local small businesses in its vendor system, and in 2012, it spent $83.7 million with LSBRP-certified businesses, or 16.7 percent of its total contract dollars. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2015

Local Purchasing Preference — Cleveland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/local-purchasing-preference-cleveland/

Cleveland has a variety of local procurement programs designed to drive contracting and purchasing to locally owned businesses. As a result of these developed policies, in 2014, the city spent 39 percent of its total $147 million in contracting with businesses that are either local and small, or local and minority- or female-owned. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 10, 2015

Store Size Cap — Easthampton, MA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/store-size-caps/store-size-cap-easthampton-ma/

In June 2015, the City Council of Easthampton, a 16,000-person town in western Massachusetts, unanimously approved a zoning ordinance that caps new retail development at 50,000 square feet. The measure also reduces the acreage requirement for business development from five acres down to three, a move intended to attract smaller businesses. “In the last 10… Continue reading

filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Customer Cooperatives

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/community-ownership-commercial-spaces/customer-cooperative/

One way that residents of a community can jointly capitalize a new local business is by starting a cooperative, a business that is owned by its member-customers, who provide the necessary capital in the form of member dues, govern the business democratically, and receive a share of any surplus or profits. Continue reading

filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Commercial Community Land Trust

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/community-ownership-commercial-spaces/commercial-community-land-trust/

Community land trusts are best known for a pioneering approach to affordable housing, but some neighborhoods are exploring their commercial potential. Continue reading

filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Community-Owned Stores

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/community-ownership-commercial-spaces/community-owned-store/

Another approach to community ownership of commercial spaces is to create a community-owned store that is structured as a local stock corporation. There are at least a dozen examples of these around the country. One of the best-known is the Powell Mercantile in Powell, Wyoming. Founded in 2002, this profitable downtown department store is owned by about 800 local families who capitalized the business by buying shares priced at $500 each. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Investment Cooperatives

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/community-ownership-commercial-spaces/investment-cooperatives/

In the vacuum left by traditional economic development and Wall Street’s approach to finance, investment cooperatives allow communities to put their capital to work in their local economy, catalyze the creation of new jobs, re-imagine their neighborhoods, and earn a return on their investment. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2015

Community Ownership of Commercial Spaces

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/community-ownership-commercial-spaces/

Community ownership of commercial spaces offers benefits that include new jobs in the neighborhood, strong incentives for people to shop locally, local sources for key goods, closer ties with neighbors, and in some cases, a return on investment. Continue reading