Tech Startup Allows Communities to Support Local Businesses (Episode 20)

Date: 18 May 2017 | posted in: Building Local Power, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in Building Local Power, we’re discussing independent businesses and the communities that support them. Host Christopher Mitchell and ILSR co-director and Community-Scaled Economies initiative director Stacy Mitchell interview Katrina Scotto di Carlo from Portland, Oregon. di Carlo is the … Read More

ILSR Joins Independent Business Groups in Pushing for Disclosure of Corporate Subsidies

Date: 4 Feb 2015 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR joined other members of the Advocates for Independent Business coalition in submitting a joint public comment letter in support of a landmark proposal to require local and state governments, as part of their financial reporting, to annually disclose the tax breaks and incentives they have provided to corporations in the name of economic development. … Read More

Indie Trade Associations Form New Coalition

Date: 1 Nov 2013 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In an exciting new development for the local economy movement, seven independent business organizations have come together to launch the Advocates for Independent Business (AIB), a new coalition dedicated to ensuring that locally owned, independent businesses succeed and thrive. ILSR helped the coalition get off the ground and is coordinating its work. We think building a national coalition will give independent businesses a stronger voice on critical public policy issues.… Read More

Locally owned businesses can help communities thrive — and survive climate change

Date: 26 Apr 2013 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Cities where small, locally owned businesses account for a relatively large share of the economy have stronger social networks, more engaged citizens, and better success solving problems, according to several recently published studies.… Read More

Local Revival: Building a Decentralized Economy

Date: 14 Dec 2012 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Local farms, independent retailers, and community banks are all experiencing newfound public support. While these trends are encouraging, local businesses still account for only a small share of the economy. In this 15-minute talk, given in May 2012, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell presents a compelling case for moving local enterprises from the economy’s margins to its mainstream.… Read More

Legislative Platform to Strengthen America’s Independent Businesses

Date: 5 Nov 2008 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the demise of independent businesses is not the inevitable result of market forces and consumer choices. Public policy at all levels of government has played a major role in fueling the growth of large corporations at the expense of America’s independent small businesses. To level the playing field and allow small businesses to originate and flourish, we advocate the following policies.… Read More

How Boulder Businesses are Staying Ahead of the Chains

Date: 23 Oct 2001 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you visit Boulder, Colorado, you can’t miss it. It’s displayed on the door or window of nearly every locally owned business in town: the Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery on Pearl Street, Heritage Bank on 9th, Albums on the Hill. Stop for coffee at Sidney’s Cafe and it’ll be on the side of your cup. At the Boulder Book Store and you’ll find it on the complimentary bookmarks. Open up the Boulder Weekly and you’ll see it in an advertisement for local video and music stores. … Read More

Bucking the Chain Store Trend

Date: 17 Mar 2000 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Chain stores are sprouting up on the American landscape as fast as vicious weeds. Their proliferation has made traveling an unsettling experience – a constant deja vu of arriving in places virtually identical to the ones left behind. So it was with my first trip to Colorado. I drove from the Denver airport to Boulder, through an area with the same placeless landmarks found everywhere: Wal-Mart, Blockbuster, Petsmart, Office Max and Starbucks.… Read More