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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 28, 2017

8 Policy Strategies Cities Can Use to Support Local Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/8-policy-strategies-cities-can-use-to-support-local-businesses/

Although they play a central role in healthy communities, and are among the best engines that cities have for advancing economic opportunity, independent small businesses are disappearing in many places. This decline isn’t because local businesses aren’t competitive. It’s because misguided public policies and concentrated market power are working against them. Here are 8 ways that cities can level the playing field and ensure that local businesses can thrive. Continue reading

Featured Article, Testimony filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Oct 10, 2016

ILSR’s Testimony at New York City Hearing on Retail Diversity and Neighborhood Character

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-testimony-new-york-city-hearing-on-retail-diversity-and-neighborhood-character/

At a recent New York City Council hearing, ILSR submitted testimony examining the importance of locally owned businesses to the City, the crisis affecting them, and examples of effective and proven policy strategies to level the playing field for these businesses. 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

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Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2016

How Rising Commercial Rents Are Threatening Independent Businesses, and What Cities Are Doing About It

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

As the cost of leasing commercial space soars in many U.S. cities, a new report from ILSR examines what’s behind the skyrocketing rents and explores six broad policy strategies that elected officials and community leaders are proposing to keep commercial space appropriate, accessible, and affordable for independent businesses. Continue reading