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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 25, 2017

The cutthroat jobs strategy Amazon uses to conquer retail

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The New York Post – April 25, 2017 By Lisa Fickenscher Jonathan and Michele Rhudy recently moved their Richmond, Va., consulting business into new digs and bought all new stuff — office supplies, furniture and even a coffee maker. There was no question in their minds where all of those items, plus paper clips, reams… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2017

In South Carolina, Liquor Giant Targets Independent Stores​

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Food & Power Blog – April 20, 2017 By Leah Douglas A recent decision by the South Carolina Supreme Court will overturn a 72-year-old restriction on how many licenses a liquor retailer in the state can hold. The case was brought by Total Wine & More, a Maryland-based liquor retailer with over 150 “big box”… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Banking | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 13, 2017

Small Banks, Big Benefits – Episode 16 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/small-banks-big-benefits-episode-16-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative and Stacy Mitchell, the co-director of ILSR and director of ILSR’s Community-Scaled Economies initiative interview Building Local Power’s first guest outside of ILSR. Our guest this week is Justin Dahlheimer, the President of the First National Bank of Osakis in west-central Minnesota. The trio discuss the benefits of community banking and how banks that have a vested stake in their community lend in ways that increase the vitality of communities like Osakis. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 2, 2017

Ten Thousand Villages Cleveland Heights store closing; 30% off starts April 4

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Cleveland Plain Dealer – April 2, 2017 By Janet H. Cho CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Starting Tuesday, Ten Thousand Villages fair-trade store in Cleveland Heights will say farewell after 14 years in business. Everything in the store will be marked 30 percent off, while supplies last, including the furniture, fixtures and display cases. Laura Potter-Sadowski, executive director… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 28, 2017

The Hidden Monopolies That Raise Drug Prices

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The American Prospect – March 28, 2017 By David Dayen Rob Frankil of Sellersville, Pennsylvania, followed his father into the family business after college. “My entire life,” he said, “I’ve been involved with managing and owning independent pharmacies.” He now owns two stores, a traditional community pharmacy and another that caters to long-term care facilities…. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 23, 2017

Breaking Through Partisanship: Left-Right-Local – Episode 14 of the Building Local Power Podcast

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In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews John Farrell, Stacy Mitchell, and David Morris, directors of our Energy Democracy, Community-Scaled Economies, and Public Good initiatives, respectively. The group discusses the nature of local policies and politics versus the national-level fights and hyper-partisanship. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 20, 2017

Amazon Close to Breaking Wal-Mart Record for Subsidies

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Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs – March 20, 2017 By Michael J. Bologna Online retail giant Amazon.com Inc. is about to set a record that few in the tax policy arena thought would ever be achieved. Amazon, the national leader in e-commerce sales, is expected to vault past a record for state and local tax… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 16, 2017

As Arizonans Move Their Money to Local Banks, Local Market Share of Deposits Rises by Nearly 25%

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Greater Phoenix Business Magazine – March 16, 2017 By Local First Arizona There is a new mantra in money management, and it’s “Move Your Money.” Arizona businesses and individuals are joining the trend in transferring their savings and financing to locally headquartered banks and institutions that are rooted in the local community. According to the… Continue reading

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

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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 Mar 1, 2017

Does Amazon Control the Internet, or Does it Just Feel That Way?

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USA Today – March 1, 2017 By Elizabeth Weise SAN FRANCISCO — It’s really not true that Amazon controls the Internet, though it can sometimes feel like it — especially after Tuesday’s four-hour Internet backend outage that slowed or stopped bits and pieces of tens of thousands of websites from loading. To paraphrase the German statesman Klemens… Continue reading