Internet Sales Tax Fairness — Economic Nexus — South Dakota

Date: 7 Jul 2016 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In May 2016, a new type of sales tax fairness law took effect in South Dakota. The new law requires merchants to collect the state’s sales taxes if their revenue from sales in South Dakota exceeds $100,000 per year, or if they process 200 or more separate transactions a year in the state. The law is part of an effort by states to challenge the existing sales tax fairness standard, and both put pressure on federal legislators and bring the issue back before the U.S. Supreme Court.… Read More

Set-Asides for Local Retail — E125 Development in East Harlem, New York

Date: 20 May 2016 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In Dec. 2015, New York City released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a major mixed-use development in the East Harlem neighborhood. The RFP included the specification that, of up to 700,000-square-feet of commercial space, a modest portion—50,000-square-feet—would be reserved for local retailers.… Read More

Affordable Commercial Space for Local Businesses

Date: 20 May 2016 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The cost of leasing commercial space is soaring in many U.S. cities, threatening the future of independent businesses. Cities have a range of options available to them to keep space appropriate, accessible, and affordable to locally owned businesses. We’ve identified six broad policy strategies.… Read More

Local Purchasing Preferences

Date: 26 Aug 2015 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When making procurement decisions, many cities and states give preference to local businesses as a means to nurture small businesses and local economies. Some of these jurisdictions give a local preference only in the case of tie bids, but others give preference if a bid from a local business is within a certain percentage of the lowest non-local bid. Washington D.C., for example, by administrative practice gives a five percent preference to local firms.… Read More

Local Purchasing Preference — Phoenix

Date: 26 Aug 2015 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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.… Read More

Local Purchasing Preference — San Diego

Date: 26 Aug 2015 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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.… Read More

Local Purchasing Preference — Montgomery County, Md.

Date: 26 Aug 2015 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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.… Read More

Local Purchasing Preference — Cleveland

Date: 26 Aug 2015 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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.… Read More

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