How Phoenix Became an Unlikely Champion of Local Business (Episode 60)

Date: 29 Nov 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We talk with Kimber Lanning, founder of Local First Arizona, about her organization’s pioneering work to strengthen Arizona’s entrepreneurs and its local economy. … Read More

Why Care about Independent, Locally Owned Businesses?

Date: 23 Jul 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Locally owned businesses play a central role in healthy communities and are among the best engines that cities and towns have for advancing economic opportunity and building resilient places. Here, we outline five important reasons for local officials to support independent businesses, based on a growing body of research.… Read More

New Toolkit Helps Independent Businesses Advocate for Policies that Support the Local Economy

Date: 17 Jul 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

When independent businesses meet with their local officials, they help build the mindset that independent businesses matter. A new Local Policy Action Toolkit created by ILSR with the Advocates for Independent Business coalition offers independent business owners and retailers concrete tips for engaging with their city officials and advocating for policies that strengthen and grow local businesses. By advocating for policy change, independent business owners can help create a stronger local economy.… 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

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