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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Report, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Feb 10, 2016

Independent Businesses Report Growing Sales and Hiring, but Policies Tilted in Favor of Large Companies Hold Them Back

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2016-independent-business-survey/

The 2016 Independent Business Survey finds that independent businesses experienced brisk sales and a sharp increase in hiring in 2015, but that biased policies and other obstacles are limiting their success. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Feb 11, 2015

Buoyed by Public Support, Independent Businesses Report Strong Sales Growth, National Survey Finds

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2015-independent-business-survey-independent-businesses-report-strong-sales-growth/

Independent businesses saw strong sales growth in 2014 as more consumers embraced the “buy local” movement and ditched big companies in favor of supporting local retailers and small-scale producers, according to a large national survey released today. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2015

Seattle Grassroots Muni Initiative Kicks Off With Campaign Survey

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/seattle-grassroots-muni-initiative-kicks-off-with-campaign-survey/

Seattleites tired of waiting for incumbents to provide better services, have decided to launch a campaign to establish Internet access as a public utility. In order to get the campaign off to a strong start, the founding group has launched a survey to choose a name. Seattle has significant fiber resources in place, an electric… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2015

Massachusetts Towns Consider WiredWest Opportunity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/massachusetts-towns-consider-wiredwest-opportunity/

Eleven Select boards in Franklin County are ready to take the next step with WiredWest Cooperative. According to the Recorder, the towns of Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell have all approved nonbinding resolutions taking them into the financial planning phase. Last fall, the organization and the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI)… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 28, 2014

Austin, Minnesota Releases Fiber Network Feasibility Study Results

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/austin-minnesota-releases-fiber-network-feasibility-study-results/

Austin has been thinking about getting a gig for a while now. The city of 25,000 near Minnesota’s southern border had campaigned to be picked for the initial Google Fiber deployment, but was disappointed when Google selected Kansas City instead in 2011. As with some other cities around the country, however, the high profile Google… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 11, 2014

Missoula Releases Results of Broadband Feasibility Study

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/missoula-releases-results-of-broadband-feasibility-study/

The culmination of more than a year of discussion, funding searches, vendor selection, and research, Missoula has released the results of its broadband feasibility study. The study’s final report makes a range of recommendations, highlighted by the urging to invest $10.5 million from various sources to construct an open access fiber optic network connecting local… Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 19, 2014

Findings of the 2014 Independent Business Survey

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/findings-2014-independent-business-survey/

This presentation presents the key findings of the 2014 Independent Business Survey. It includes new data on the impact of “buy local” campaigns; a ranking of the biggest challenges facing small businesses, from online competitors to the difficulty of obtaining financing; and information on the public policy changes that small business owners believe would most help their businesses. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2014

Independent Business Owners Report Growing Public Support, Call for Policies to Level the Playing Field

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2014-survey/

A survey of 2,602 independent business owners across the U.S. has found that the Buy Local message is boosting customer traffic and improving the outlook on Main Street. But entrepreneurs also say policymakers need to do more to create a level playing field and ensure that small local businesses have an equal opportunity to compete. Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under General | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2014

New Survey: Independent Businesses Report Growing Public Support, Call for Policies to Level the Playing Field

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-aib-release-national-independent-business-survey/

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 6, 2014) — A survey of 2,602 independent business owners across the U.S. has found that the Buy Local message is boosting customer traffic and improving the outlook on Main Street. But entrepreneurs also say policymakers need to do more to create a level playing field and ensure that small local businesses have an equal opportunity to compete.

The survey was conducted by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) in partnership with the Advocates for Independent Business (AIB) coalition. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2014

Sun Prairie Ponders Fiber Network Investment in Wisconsin

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sun-prairie-ponders-fiber-network-investment-in-wisconsin/

The Sun Prairie City Council met on January 14th to discuss a possible investment in a municipal fiber network. Thank you to local resident Jonathan Kleinow for alerting us to developments in the south central Wisconsin town. The Star published an article about the meeting in which The Motive Group presented information to the Committee… Continue reading