Posts Tagged "institute for local self-reliance"

Why Care about Independent, Locally Owned Businesses?

Why Care about Independent, Locally Owned Businesses?

By Marie Donahue The following blog post appears courtesy of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. For additional information on the importance of supporting local independent businesses, please sign up for their Hometown Advantage Newsletter. Locally owned businesses play a central role in healthy communities and are among the best engines that cities and towns have for advancing economic opportunity and building resilient places. Small business ownership has been a pathway…read more →

6 Must-Use Resources For Small Business Owners

6 Must-Use Resources For Small Business Owners

As a small business owner, there’s no doubt that you are an expert in your field. Whether you can recommend the perfect record for a customer’s vinyl collection or whip up the tastiest pastry your community has ever known, your small business’ success is a testament to your expertise.

Building Local Power Podcast Turns Small Business Issues into Advocacy

Building Local Power Podcast Turns Small Business Issues into Advocacy

Did you know that half of all U.S. households are members of Amazon Prime? Did you know that four companies control nearly 85 percent of the U.S. beef market? More importantly, do you know how those statistics impact you and your local community? If you subscribe to Building Local Power, a new podcast from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), then you know that those staggering statistics can spell doom…read more →

ILSR Report Shows the Real Cost of Amazon’s Success

ILSR Report Shows the Real Cost of Amazon’s Success

Long gone are the days when “Amazon” made you think of a river or a rainforest. While the geographic landscape that inspired its name may actually be shrinking, the more familiar Amazon is growing at a staggering pace. A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) demonstrates Amazon’s growth and the worrisome impacts it has on independent businesses. According to the report, Amazon sells more books, toys, and…read more →

Institute for Local Self-Reliance Is A Post-Election Asset

Institute for Local Self-Reliance Is A Post-Election Asset

The November elections decided much more than the presidency. From local telecommunications control in Colorado to the minimum wage in various states, policies in several states and cities are changing after Election Day. For better or worse, that change can create confusing times for local residents and business owners, which makes the work of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) all the more important. Founded in 1974, ILSR is a…read more →

5 Takeaways from the 2016 Independent Business Survey

5 Takeaways from the 2016 Independent Business Survey

For the ninth year in a row, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) and the Advocates for Independent Business (AIB) have released their annual Independent Business Survey, which includes data gathered from more than three thousand small and independently owned businesses across the country. Together, these businesses reported steady revenue growth, an increase in employment and confidence in the buy local movement.

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