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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 9, 2017

America’s Major Market Power Problem – Episode 13 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/market-power-problem-episode-13-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

Welcome to episode thirteen of the Building Local Power podcast. For full transcript of the podcast, click here. In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the ILSR and director of the Community-Scaled Economies initiative. The two discuss the environment for small businesses in the… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 20, 2016

How Can Cities Save their Small Businesses?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/how-can-cities-save-their-small-businesses/

Curbed – October 17, 2016 by Patrick Sisson “According to Affordable Space: How Rising Commercial Rents Are Threatening Independent Businesses, and What Cities Are Doing About It, a report released by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) earlier this year, commercial rent for small businesses isn’t an issue, it’s a crisis, skyrocketing by double-digit rates… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 18, 2015

Grover Beach Chooses Local Partner to Improve Local Connectivity for Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/grover-beach-chooses-local-partner-to-improve-local-connectivity-for-businesses/

After several years of considering options for a municipal network, the community of Grover Beach, California, is improving local connectivity options through a collaboration with private partner Digital West.  According to the San Luis Obispo Tribune, the City struck a deal last fall with the local firm that will provide gigabit connectivity to local business… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2015

SandyNet Now Offering Gigabit FTTH in Oregon

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sandynet-now-offering-gigabit-ftth-in-oregon/

Back in September, SandyNet announced that its FTTH gigabit network was officially up and running. The utility will continue to expand and eventually bring the network to all 4,000 households. Light Reading recently spoke with Joe Knapp, Sandy’s IT Director and general manager of the broadband utility about the new offering. With a population of… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2014

Chris Mitchell to Speak at American Independent Business Alliance Conference, May 8 – 11

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/chris-mitchell-to-speak-at-american-independent-business-alliance-conference-may-8-11/

The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) brings the 2014 Go Local, Grow Local Conference to downtown Minneapolis May 8 – 11. Christopher Mitchell will speak at the conference on Friday, May 9, at 3:45 central. Chris will speak on creating local environments that help entrepreneurs thrive, including community networks.  AMIBA began in 1997 in Boulder,… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 13, 2014

EPB Offering Services Local Businesses Need

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/epb-offering-services-local-businesses-need/

EPB in Chattanooga offers a service to business clients that offers a good reminder that local service providers have to be able to offer a variety of business services because different businesses have vastly different wants and needs. In 2012, the publicly owned utility began offering telephone service with cloud characteristics. The service saves money… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 7, 2014

Being a Gig City: Incubating Small Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/being-a-gig-city-incubating-small-businesses/

This is the first in a series of posts examining a premier Gigabit Community – Wilson, North Carolina. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 85% of all jobs originate from companies with fewer than 30 employees, and 87% of businesses which started through business incubators have succeeded after five years. So Wilson, North Carolina,… Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2001

Domini Fund Ditches Wal-Mart Stock

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/domini-fund-ditches-walmart-stock/

In February, the Domini Social Equity Fund removed Wal-Mart from its portfolio. The decision to dump the Fund’s 1.2 million shares of Wal-Mart stock was prompted primarily by concerns about the company’s labor and human rights policies abroad. Domini had initially sought to alter Wal-Mart’s practices through shareholder activism. Continue reading