Articles, Studies & Links

Here you will find a collection of articles, studies and website links that can help you understand and promote the benefits of “buying independent”.  If you have any suggestions to add to this collection, please don’t hesitate to email us at info@independentwestand.org

ARTICLES

 “STIHL Chain Saws Thrive Outside the Big Box.” Kyle Stock, Business Week – April 24, 2014

“Buy Local’ campaigns can actually supercharge sales.” Julia Lyon, CNN Money – March 28, 2014

“Small Businesses Keep Fueling the Economy. Gary Bull, AP/Washington Post – January 8,2013

“Towards a Localist Policy Agenda.” Stacy Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance – July 5, 2013

“Small and Growing Businesses Are Key to Our Job Problems.” Samantha Smith, Forbes June 13, 2013

“Locally Owned Businesses Can Help Communities Thrive and Survive Climate Change” Stacy Mitchell - Grist – April 26, 2013

“Why Florist Now Dread Valentine’s Day” Jose Pagliery, CNN Money – February 14, 2013

“Independent Businesses Deliver Bigger Economic Impact, Study Says.” Stacy Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, August 16, 2012

“Buying Local Yields More Jobs and a Stronger Community.” Jeff Milchen and Michael H. Schuman, Huffington Post,  December 16, 2011

“How Consumers and Communities Can Benefit from ‘Buying Local’” Rachel Koning Beals, U.S. News and World Report, October 28, 2011

“Thriving Small Businesses Boost Real Estate Values, Research Shows.” Chad Books, Business NewsDaily, October 20, 2011.

“Locavesting”: Investing In Main Street Instead Of Wall StreetDanielle Sacks, Fast Company August 3, 2011

What New Census Data Show About the State of Independent Retail – Stacy Mitchell, New Rules Project, December 16, 2010

Independent Retailers Face Challenges that Chains Don’t – Jillian Berman, USA Today, August 11, 2010

Bank Local: Indie Business Embrace Your Money – Stacy Mitchell, New Rules Project, April 19, 2010

Consumers Buy In to Buy Local – Kimberly Weisul, Bloomberg Business Week, February 18, 2010

Local Efforts to Save Main Street Bring In Traffic – Raymond Flandez, Wall Street Journal, June 30, 2009

Buying Local: How it Boosts the Economy – Judith D. Schwartz , Time Magazine, June 11, 2009

10 Percent – The Local Stimulus - John Tozzi, Bloomberg Businessweek, February 19, 2009

STUDIES

Indie Impact Study Series Salt Lake City- American Booksellers Association/ Civic Economics  2012

Locally Owned Businesses Contribute to the Health of their Communities - Business Alliance for Local Living Economies/Science Daily 2012

Buying Locally Pays Big Dividends for Maine’s EconomyMaine Center for Economic Policy 2012

The Indie City Index - American Booksellers Association/Civic Economics 2011

Thinking Outside the Box – Urban Conservancy/Civic Economics 2009

Grand Rapids Local Works – Civic Economics 2008

Procurement Matters: The Economic Impact of Local Suppliers – Civic Economics 2007

San Francisco Retail Diversity Study – Civic Economics 2007

Measuring the Impact of Buy Local Campaigns in Iowa – Dave Swenson, Economics – Iowa State University 2006

Andersonville Study of Retail Economics – Civic Economics 2004

The Economic Impact of Locally Owned Businesses vs. Chains Institute for Local Self-Reliance 2003

Time to Switch Drug Stores – Consumer Reports 2003

BOOKS

Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local, and Helped Save an American Town. by Beth Macy

Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local-Economy Pioneer by Judy Wicks

The Distribution Trap: Keeping Your Innovations from Becoming Commodities – by Andrew R. Thomas and Timothy J. Wilkinson

The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From It – by Amy Cortese

Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street – by Michael Schuman

The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition – by Michael H. Shuman

HELPFUL LINKS

 

If you are interested in finding an organization that supports buy local initiatives in your area or if you’d like some help starting one, please visit the American Independent Business Alliance or the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

You can also find helpful information and resources at the following websites:

IndieBound| www.indiebound.org

Institute for Local Self Reliance | www.ilsr.org