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About Stacy Mitchell

Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and directs its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a range of allies to design and implement policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen community-rooted enterprise.  She is the author of Big-Box Swindle and also produces a popular monthly newsletter, the Hometown Advantage Bulletin.  Connect with her on twitter and catch her TEDx Talk: Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy. More

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Target Store Carts
Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 7, 2013

New Data Show How Big Chains Free Ride on Taxpayers at the Expense of Responsible Small Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/chains-walmart-foods-free-ride-taxpayers-expense-responsible-small-businesses/

State data reveal that Walmart, Target, Whole Foods, and others offer such low pay and benefits that many of their employees rely on public assistance, at a cost of billions of dollars a year. Continue reading

Amazon Shopping Cart
Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 13, 2013

After 20 Years, Congress May Finally Pass Internet Sales Tax. Is it Too Late?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/20-years-congress-finally-pass-internet-sales-tax-late/

Not having to charge sales tax fueled Amazon’s growth for nearly 20 years. While it’s impossible not to see the company as a horse that’s already out the barn door, there’s still good reason to believe that the Marketplace Fairness Act will slow Amazon’s consolidation of retailing and provide benefit to independent businesses. Continue reading

Sustainability Milestone Meeting March 17th 2011
Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2013

On Climate, What Walmart Says vs. What It Does

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/climate-walmart-vs/

Walmart has been generating some impressive-sounding headlines on the environment lately. But a closer examination of what Walmart is and isn’t doing reveals a company that in fact lags its peers on renewable energy and is contributing a large and growing volume of climate change pollution to the atmosphere. Continue reading

Main Street
Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 26, 2013

Locally owned businesses can help communities thrive — and survive climate change

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/locally-owned-businesses-communities-thrive-survive-climate-change/

Cities where small, locally owned businesses account for a relatively large share of the economy have stronger social networks, more engaged citizens, and better success solving problems, according to several recently published studies. Continue reading

walmart-grocery
Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 27, 2013

Why Walmart’s Death Grip on Our Food System Is Intensifying Poverty

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/walmarts-death-grip-food-system-intensifying-poverty/

When Michelle Obama visited a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri, a few weeks ago to praise the company’s efforts to sell healthier food, she did not say why she chose a store in Springfield of all cities. But, in ways that Obama surely did not intend, it was a fitting choice. This Midwestern city provides a chilling look at where Walmart wants to take our food system. Continue reading

US Capitol
ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2013

ILSR Statement on the Reintroduction of the Marketplace Fairness Act

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-statement-reintroduction-marketplace-fairness-act/

In response to the reintroduction of the Marketplace Fairness Act in the U.S. Senate today, Stacy Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance released the following statement.
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Business Open Sign
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 https://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

Small Business Owners Photo
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 https://ilsr.org/surveys/

ILSR’s annual Independent Business Survey gathers data from thousands of locally owned, independent businesses across the country. Continue reading

Radio Microphone
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 https://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

Faded Glory2
Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 20, 2012

Bangladesh Fire Shows Why We Can’t Trust Walmart to Green Its Supply Chain

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/bangladesh-fire-shows-trust-walmart-green-supply-chain/

If Walmart will not pay 3 percent more for basic fire safety, if it readily abandons factories when cheaper production can be had elsewhere, if it declines even to come clean about where its goods are made – then how can we buy Walmart’s claim that it will transform factories across Asia into models of sustainability? Continue reading