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Featured Article, Rule filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2016

Montgomery Co. MD Bill Requires Distributed Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/moco-food-waste-bill-hearing/

On June 28, 2016, Montgomery County Council (Maryland) Vice President, Roger Berliner, introduced legislation to require the development of a comprehensive composting and food recovery strategic plan. The bill might be the first in the country to stipulate a diverse and distributed plan that considers food rescue, backyard composting, community scale composting, on-site institutional and commercial… Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on May 20, 2016

Set-Asides for Local Retail — E125 Development in East Harlem, New York

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/set-asides-for-local-retail/set-asides-for-local-retail-e125-development-in-east-harlem-new-york/

In Dec. 2015, New York City released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a major mixed-use development in the East Harlem neighborhood. The RFP included the specification that, of up to 700,000-square-feet of commercial space, a modest portion—50,000-square-feet—would be reserved for local retailers. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on May 20, 2016

Keeping Commercial Space Affordable for Local Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/keeping-commercial-space-affordable-for-local-businesses/

The cost of leasing commercial space is soaring in many U.S. cities, threatening the future of independent businesses. Cities have a range of options available to them to keep space appropriate, accessible, and affordable to locally owned businesses. We’ve identified six broad policy strategies. Continue reading

Rule filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2015

Local Purchasing Preference — Phoenix

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/local-purchasing-preference-phoenix/

Phoenix is an example of a city that opted to start small. Rather than adopting a change in procurment policy, in 2012, the City of Phoenix altered its process for informal procurements—smaller contracts—instead. The city rolled out its Local Small Business Enterprise Program, which created a database to register small and local businesses. Further, the city said that LSBEs would get the first opportunity to submit quotes for all purchases of goods and services under $50,000. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2015

Local Purchasing Preference — San Diego

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/local-purchasing-preference-san-diego/

Under the City of San Diego’s Small Local Business Enterprise Program, public works contracts valued at $1 million and above include a mandatory subcontractor participation requirement for certified SLBEs, contracts valued between $500,000 and $1 million have a 5 percent bid discount for SLBEs, and contracts valued between $250,000 and $500,000 are only open to certified SLBEs. Other forms of contracts, such as those for goods and services, contain similar elements. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2015

Local Purchasing Preference — Montgomery County, Md.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/local-purchasing-preference-montgomery-county-md/

In Montgomery County, Md., the Local Small Business Reserve Program designates certain solicitations only for LSBRP bidders, and aims to direct 20 percent of county contracts under $10 million to those firms. Under the program, “local” is defined as businesses that are either located only in the county, or businesses with locations both inside and outside of the county, but for which the county-based location accounts for over 50 percent of the total number of employees or over 50 percent of gross sales. The county has registered more than 1,220 local small businesses in its vendor system, and in 2012, it spent $83.7 million with LSBRP-certified businesses, or 16.7 percent of its total contract dollars. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2015

Local Purchasing Preference — Cleveland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/local-purchasing-preference-cleveland/

Cleveland has a variety of local procurement programs designed to drive contracting and purchasing to locally owned businesses. As a result of these developed policies, in 2014, the city spent 39 percent of its total $147 million in contracting with businesses that are either local and small, or local and minority- or female-owned. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 10, 2015

Store Size Cap — Easthampton, MA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/store-size-caps/store-size-cap-easthampton-ma/

In June 2015, the City Council of Easthampton, a 16,000-person town in western Massachusetts, unanimously approved a zoning ordinance that caps new retail development at 50,000 square feet. The measure also reduces the acreage requirement for business development from five acres down to three, a move intended to attract smaller businesses. “In the last 10… Continue reading

filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Customer Cooperatives

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/community-ownership-commercial-spaces/customer-cooperative/

One way that residents of a community can jointly capitalize a new local business is by starting a cooperative, a business that is owned by its member-customers, who provide the necessary capital in the form of member dues, govern the business democratically, and receive a share of any surplus or profits. Continue reading

filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Commercial Community Land Trust

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/community-ownership-commercial-spaces/commercial-community-land-trust/

Community land trusts are best known for a pioneering approach to affordable housing, but some neighborhoods are exploring their commercial potential. Continue reading