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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 22, 2016

Podcast: Stacy Mitchell on How Big-Box Retailers Undercut the American Middle Class

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/podcast-stacy-mitchell-on-how-big-box-retailers-undercut-the-american-middle-class/

Listen to ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell in a recent episode of the Strong Towns podcast, where she speaks about the origins of the big-box store, how the stores win public subsidies at the expense of communities, and the way they continue to undercut the American middle class. Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2016

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/affordable-space-press-release/

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. Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Report, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Feb 10, 2016

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2016-independent-business-survey/

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. Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Feb 11, 2015

Buoyed by Public Support, Independent Businesses Report Strong Sales Growth, National Survey Finds

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2015-independent-business-survey-independent-businesses-report-strong-sales-growth/

Independent businesses saw strong sales growth in 2014 as more consumers embraced the “buy local” movement and ditched big companies in favor of supporting local retailers and small-scale producers, according to a large national survey released today. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2014

Independent Business Owners Report Growing Public Support, Call for Policies to Level the Playing Field

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2014-survey/

A survey of 2,602 independent business owners across the U.S. has found that the Buy Local message is boosting customer traffic and improving the outlook on Main Street. But entrepreneurs also say policymakers need to do more to create a level playing field and ensure that small local businesses have an equal opportunity to compete. Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under General | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2014

New Survey: Independent Businesses Report Growing Public Support, Call for Policies to Level the Playing Field

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-aib-release-national-independent-business-survey/

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 6, 2014) — A survey of 2,602 independent business owners across the U.S. has found that the Buy Local message is boosting customer traffic and improving the outlook on Main Street. But entrepreneurs also say policymakers need to do more to create a level playing field and ensure that small local businesses have an equal opportunity to compete.

The survey was conducted by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) in partnership with the Advocates for Independent Business (AIB) coalition. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 13, 2013

After 20 Years, Congress May Finally Pass Internet Sales Tax. Is it Too Late?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/20-years-congress-finally-pass-internet-sales-tax-late/

Not having to charge sales tax fueled Amazon’s growth for nearly 20 years. While it’s impossible not to see the company as a horse that’s already out the barn door, there’s still good reason to believe that the Marketplace Fairness Act will slow Amazon’s consolidation of retailing and provide benefit to independent businesses. Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2013

Survey Finds Independent Businesses Benefit from “Buy Local First” Campaigns, But Challenges Loom

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2013-independent-business-survey/

ILSR’s annual survey has found that independent businesses experienced solid revenue growth in 2012, buoyed in part by “buy local first” initiatives. But the survey also documented challenges facing independent businesses, most notably an increase in “showrooming” and competition from online retailers, tax and subsidy policies that favor their big competitors, difficulty obtaining loans, and a customer base still reeling from the recession. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 3, 2013

ILSR’s Annual Independent Business Survey

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

ILSR’s annual Independent Business Survey gathers data from thousands of locally owned, independent businesses across the country. Continue reading