Ontario Enacts Franchise Disclosure Law

Date: 1 Aug 2000 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Companies offering franchise business opportunities in Ontario will soon have to provide prospective franchisees with key information about their operations. A new franchise disclosure measure, Bill 33, was passed by the provincial legislature in late May. It will become law once the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations drafts rules and regulations for its implementation.… Read More

Mamaroneck, Ny Enacts Law Governing Development Beyond Its Borders

Date: 1 Aug 2000 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The town of Mamaroneck, New York recently took steps to protect its character and environment from large-scale developments that abut, adjoin, or are adjacent to its borders. Under a zoning ordinance enacted in April, the town now requires these developments to undergo a comprehensive review and obtain a permit from the Mamaroneck Town Board. … Read More

Think Locally, Tax Globally

Date: 4 Jul 2000 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Web retailers in the U.S. are largely exempt from collecting state and local sales taxes. In allowing this exemption, Congress agrees to give out-of-state businesses a 5 to 7 percent price advantage over local stores. Proponents of the exemption argue internet-based suppliers would stagger under the administrative burden of collecting thousands of different state and local sales taxes; opponents of the exemption argue that the electronic commerce companies don’t need help siphoning business away from already-struggling downtowns. … Read More

The Impact of Chain Stores on Community

Date: 18 Apr 2000 | posted in: Retail | 5 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this classic talk, delivered at the annual conference of the American Planning Association, Stacy Mitchell describes how, contrary to conventional wisdom, the decline of independent businesses isn’t inevitable or the result of free market forces. Rather, public policy decisions have played a major role — and a growing number of communities are deciding to take a different approach. … Read More

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