America’s Major Market Power Problem (Episode 13)

Date: 9 Mar 2017 | posted in: Building Local Power, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this episode of the Building Local Power podcast, ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell and Stacy Mitchell talk about entrepreneurship — both how it’s plummeted in recent years, and how to bring it back.… Read More

Wrestling’s Queen Could Take a Chair to Her Federal Agency

Date: 14 Dec 2016 | posted in: Media Coverage, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Newly introduced Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon caused quite the stir in the business media. In this piece for Bloomberg Markets, Patrick Clark reached out to independent business expert and ILSR co-director Stacy Mitchell on the state of small business job creation and vitality in our economy and what McMahon’s installation could mean.… Read More

Statement on Clinton’s Call for Stronger Antitrust to Protect Small Business

Date: 3 Oct 2016 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and author of Monopoly Power and the Decline of Small Business: The Case for Restoring America’s Once Robust Antitrust Policies, issued the following statement today in response to Hillary Clinton’s economic policy speech in Ohio, in which she discussed growing corporate concentration and its impact on small business, and called for stronger antitrust measures.… Read More

Monopoly Power and the Decline of Small Business

Date: 10 Aug 2016 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The U.S. is much less a nation of entrepreneurs than it was a generation ago. In this report, which won an award for antitrust scholarship in 2017, we suggest that the decline of small businesses is owed, at least in part, to anticompetitive behavior by large, dominant corporations. The report presents three reasons to bring a commitment to fair markets for small businesses back into antitrust policy, and concludes by outlining specific steps to do just that. … Read More

Press Release: Skyrocketing Rents Threaten Independent Businesses, New Report Explores Solutions

Date: 20 Apr 2016 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The cost of leasing commercial space is soaring in many cities, threatening the future of independent businesses, finds a report released today from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The report examines what’s causing commercial rents to skyrocket and explores six broad policy strategies that elected officials and community leaders are proposing to address it.… Read More

Independent Businesses Report Growing Sales and Hiring, but Policies Tilted in Favor of Large Companies Hold Them Back

Date: 10 Feb 2016 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The 2016 Independent Business Survey finds that independent businesses experienced brisk sales and a sharp increase in hiring in 2015, but that biased policies and other obstacles are limiting their success.… Read More

‘Tis the Season for Indie Retailers

Date: 25 Nov 2015 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Contact: Rebecca Toews Rebecca@ILSR.org 612-808-0689   Amid the hype of online and big-box shopping this weekend, it’s easy to overlook the growing popularity of independent retailers. I invite you to contact Amazon.com’s greatest nemesis, Stacy Mitchell, for a story about … Read More

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