Faulty Study Ignores Small Business Benefits

Date: 5 Mar 2014 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last month, San Francisco’s Office of Economic Analysis issued a new study concluding that the city’s policy restricting the spread of chain stores is harming the local economy. But the OEA’s sweeping conclusion rests on bad data and a deeply flawed analysis that misses many of the benefits of independent business. In this article for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, we detail exactly how the study gets it wrong.… Read More

Whatcha Workin’ On, Stacy Mitchell? Podcast Episode 1

Date: 17 Dec 2012 | posted in: Podcast, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Our first podcast is with Stacy Mitchell, the heart and soul of our Independent Business and Banking Initiatives. Stacy talked with Lisa about the Initiative and the focus of her current projects. She also offered some strategies for supporting independent … Read More

Study Finds Local Businesses Key to Income Growth

Date: 17 Aug 2011 | posted in: Retail | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The results of a new study suggest that the key to reversing the long-term trend of stagnating incomes in the U.S. lies in nurturing small, locally owned businesses and limiting further expansion and market consolidation by large corporations.… Read More

What New Census Data Show about the State of Independent Retail

Date: 16 Dec 2010 | posted in: Retail | 3 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The good news is that overall sales at independent retailers grew by about 4 percent. The bad news is that chains grew faster and independents still lost market share, falling from 31 to 28 percent of retail spending. That decline in market share, however, was considerably slower in this five-year period than the preceding 20 years. Digging deeper into the new data, we found a number of interesting trends.… Read More

Local Businesses Key to Rebuilding New Orleans’ Economy, Study Finds

Date: 18 Sep 2009 | posted in: Retail | 3 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, many of New Orleans’ locally owned businesses reopened within days of the floodwaters subsiding, while national chains kept their distance for months, even years. Now a new study finds that the city’s independent businesses are not only more resilient, but generate twice the economic impact of big-box retailers like Target, while consuming a fraction of the land. … Read More

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