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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, Independent Business, The Public Good, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Dec 29, 2016

The Year in Building Local Power – Episode 8 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-year-in-building-local-power-episode-8-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews a roundtable of ILSR staff members. Participants are: Olivia LaVecchia of the Community-Scaled Economies initiative, Karlee Weinmann of the Energy Democracy initiative, and Nick Stumo-Langer, ILSR’s Communication Manager. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 10, 2016

Monopoly Power and the Decline of Small Business: The Case for Restoring America’s Once Robust Antitrust Policies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/monopoly-power-and-the-decline-of-small-business/

The United States is much less a nation of entrepreneurs than it was a generation ago. This report suggests that the decline of small businesses is owed, at least in part, to anticompetitive behavior by large, dominant corporations. Drawing on examples in pharmacy, banking, telecommunications, and retail, it finds that big companies routinely use their size and their economic and political power to undermine their smaller rivals and exclude them from markets. This report presents three compelling reasons to bring a commitment to fair and open markets for small businesses back into antitrust enforcement and public policy, and concludes by outlining several specific steps to revive competition and small business. Continue reading

Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 2, 2015

Stacy Mitchell Speaks at American Antitrust Institute’s “Symposium on Entrepreneurship and Antitrust” [Audio]

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/stacy-mitchell-speaks-at-american-antitrust-institutes-symposium-on-entrepreneurship-and-antitrust/

This June, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell spoke on the opening panel at the American Antitrust Institute’s invitational “Symposium on Entrepreneurship and Antitrust” in Washington, D.C. In her remarks, Stacy made the case that the national thinking on antitrust has gone awry since the 1970s, when antitrust shifted away from its longstanding goal of maintaining robust competition to focus instead on efficiency and low prices. Listen to her comments. Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 8, 2015

How Washington Punishes Small Business

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/how-washington-punishes-small-business/

Small business looms large in American political rhetoric. From the campaign trail to the floor of the U.S. House and Senate, members of Congress love to evoke the diner and dry cleaner, the neighborhood grocer and local hardware store. Ensuring the well-being of Main Street, we might easily assume, is one of their central policy aims. The legislative track record tells another story. It is one in which the interests of big corporations are dominant, and many laws and regulations seem designed to bend the marketplace in their favor and put small, independent businesses at a competitive disadvantage. Continue reading

Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2013

Stacy Mitchell Talks Walmart & Challenging Corporate Power on WNUR’s This Is Hell!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/stacy-mitchell-talks-walmart-challenging-corporate-power-wnurs-hell/

In this 30-minute interview on “This Is Hell!”, recently voted Chicago’s best talk radio show, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell talks about how Walmart is undermining the American economy and why being more engaged citizens, rather than better consumers, is the best way to counter corporate power. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2003

Puerto Rico Okays Wal-Mart Acquisition

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

Small business owners are crying foul over an agreement reached between the Puerto Rican government and Wal-Mart. The deal allows Wal-Mart to proceed with its purchase of an island supermarket chain, which will give it control of 40 percent of Puerto Rico’s grocery sales. Last year Wal-Mart won approval from the Federal Trade Commission to purchase the Amigo supermarket chain. Puerto Rican officials said the deal violated local antitrust laws and sued to block the merger. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2003

Supermarket Concentration Harms Farmers and Consumers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/supermarket-concentration-harms-farmers-and-consumers/

Supermarket chains in the northeast are using their market power to reap record profits on milk at the expense of both dairy farmers and consumers, according to a new report. The findings are fueling legislative efforts in several New England states to rein in the power of grocery chains. One proposal in Maine would tax big box retailers to support dairy farms. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 1 Comment | Updated on Nov 1, 2002

Wal-Mart’s Bid to Buy Bank Blocked

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/walmarts-bid-buy-bank-blocked/

A coalition of consumer groups, unions, independent banks, credit unions, and realtors managed a legislative feat in California last month when they pushed through an 11th hour bill to block Wal-Mart’s attempt to acquire a small bank. Wal-Mart filed an application with state regulators in April to buy Franklin Bank of California, an industrial bank with $2.5 million in assets and three employees in Orange County. The new law prohibits non-financial firms from buying state-chartered banks. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2002

At Borders, Mega Publishers Get the Keys to the Kingdom

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/borders-megapublishers-get-keys-kingdom/

Leading publishers will be involved in determining which books are carried at Borders Books stores under a new "category management" plan being phased in this year. Under the plan, Borders is assigning each of 250 book categories—ranging from thrillers to romance novels—to one of the top publishers in that category. Borders will provide this "category captain" with detailed sales data for all titles in the category, including those of competitors. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2002

Video Store Lawsuit Dismissed

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-store-lawsuit-dismissed/

A federal judge has dismissed all charges in the antitrust case brought by three independent video rental businesses against Blockbuster Video and several major Hollywood studios. The defendants were charged with price discrimination and conspiracy to prevent independent stores from gaining access to the same revenue-sharing deals available to Blockbuster. Continue reading