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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Sep 23, 2016

The Dark Store Tax Dodge of Big-Box Retailers – Episode 1 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/dark-store-tax-dodge-episode-1-of-building-local-power-podcast/

In the first episode of our new podcast series, “Building Local Power,” Chris Mitchell, the director of our Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Olivia LaVecchia, a research associate with our Community-Scaled Economy initiative, about her work on the “dark store” strategy that big-box retailers have been using to slash their property tax assessments. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 23, 2013

Stacy Mitchell Talks Living Wage & Walmart on Al Jazeera English

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/stacy-mitchell-talks-living-wage-walmart-al-jazeera-english/

ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell joined 4 other guests on The Stream, broadcast on Al Jazeera English’s global television news network, for a lively half-hour discussion of Washington D.C.’s big-box living wage bill. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 1, 2013

Here’s One Smart Way to Handle Big-Box Stores

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/heres-smart-handle-big-box-stores/

Cape Cod is the rare community that considers regional economic impacts when weighing big-box retail development, and that makes all the difference. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 1 Comment | Updated on Aug 22, 2012

Presentation: What Happens to Local Businesses When Walmart Moves In?

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

This brief presentation looks at how Walmart could impact local businesses if it’s allowed to expand into urban areas.

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 3 Comments | Updated on Jul 5, 2012

Walmart: 50 Years of Gutting America’s Middle Class

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/walmart-50-years-gutting-americas-middle-class/

Walmart’s history is the story of what has gone wrong in the American economy. Wages have stagnated. The middle class has shrunk. The ranks of the working poor have swelled. Whatever we may have saved shopping at Walmart, we’ve more than paid for it in diminished opportunities and declining income. Continue reading

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Featured Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 50 Comments | Updated on Dec 22, 2011

Key Studies: Why Local Matters

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/key-studies-why-local-matters/

We have compiled the best research on how big-box retailers and independent businesses affect communities and local economies. You will find summaries of the findings of dozens of studies that examine the impact of Walmart and other big retailers on jobs, small businesses, tax revenue, poverty rates, and more, as well as research on the social and economic contributions of independent businesses. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 4 Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2011

Wal-Mart Wants to Colonize New York City: Our Response

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/walmart-wants-colonize-new-york-city-our-response/

An overflow crowd of hundreds turned out yesterday at a New York City Council hearing on the impact Wal-Mart would have if allowed to expand into the city. ILSR’s New Rules Project was invited by the Council to testify as part of the first panel of speakers.  Here’s what we said about the impact Wal-Mart would have on New York. Continue reading

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Featured Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2009

Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/bigbox-swindle-true-cost-megaretailers-and-fight-americas-independent-businesses/

Big-Box Swindle was named one of the top ten business books of the year by Booklist and described by Bill McKibben as “the ultimate account of the single most important economic trend in our country.” Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 3 Comments | Updated on Jun 12, 2009

Wal-Mart to Create 22,000 Jobs — and Destroy Many Thousands More

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/walmart-create-22000-jobs-and-destroy-many-thousands-more/

Wal-Mart announced that it would create 22,000 new jobs in the U.S. to staff new and expanded stores.  But, in all likelihood, Wal-Mart’s expansion will make the U.S. employment picture worse, not better.  Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 1 Comment | Updated on Dec 1, 2008

Major Flaws Uncovered in Study Claiming Wal-Mart Has Not Harmed Small Business

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/major-flaws-uncovered-study/

A widely publicized study claims that there is no evidence that Wal-Mart has had a negative impact on the small business sector. In reviewing the study, ILSR found fatal flaws. For example, the study relies on the wrong US Census dataset. Using the correct data, our analysis shows that the number of independent retailers fell as Walmart grew between 1982 and 2002. Continue reading