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Findings of the 2014 Independent Business Survey

| Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 19, 2014 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

placeholderIn January 2014, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the Advocates for Independent Business coalition surveyed 2,602 independent business owners across the country.

This presentation presents the survey’s key findings. 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.

For a narration of these slides, please go here to listen and watch a webinar hosted by BALLE.

You can also download a report detailing the full findings of this year’s survey here.

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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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