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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2010

Misrepresenting Small Business

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/misrepresenting-small-business/

The two groups that have traditionally spoken for small business in Washington often push an agenda that only big business could love, writes ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell in this commentary for Business Week.

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Article filed under Banking | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 25, 2010

Federal Policy Threatens Local Banks, a Top Fed Official Says

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/federal-policy-threatens-local-banks-top-fed-official-says/

A top Federal Reserve official says that locally owned banks do a better job of serving communities and small businesses, but they are threatened by federal policies that favor their big competitors. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 24, 2010

Grassroots Financing is Underwriting a New Crop of Neighborhood Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/grassroots-financing-underwriting-new-crop-neighborhood-businesses/

Just as CSAs have played a key role in the rebirth of small-scale farms, so too are new community-supported enterprise models helping to launch a new generation of independent grocers, bookstores, and other neighborhood businesses. Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 3, 2010

Federal Stimulus Cash Grant Gives Boost to Locally Owned Wind Power

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/federal-stimulus-cash-grant-gives-boost-locally-owned-wind-power/

The credit crisis may have crimped commercial wind turbine installations, but the economic stimulus cash grants in lieu of tax credits have given new life to community wind projects.  Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2010

Repair and Reuse Enterprises in Bridgeport, Connecticut

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/repair-and-reuse-enterprises-in-bridgeport-connecticut-2/

ILSR worked with the Deputy Mayor and U.S. EPA Region 1 to introduce successful social entrepreneurs in the recycling sector to city agencies, community organizations and private businesspeople through a workshop in June titled “Recycling and Economic Development.” One result was the collaboration of two nonprofits, the Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, a green technology and… Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 28, 2010

Why Does Target have a Subsidiary in Bermuda?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/why-does-target-have-subsidiary-bermuda/

A growing number of big corporations are using offshore tax havens to escape paying U.S. taxes. A recent estimate suggests big companies are dodging at least $37 billion a year — and, in so doing, gaining a significant competitive advantage over small businesses. Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jul 27, 2010

ACORN deserves an apology, too

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/acorn-deserves-apology-too/

Shirley Sherrod has her job back and a presidential apology. ACORN is still waiting. The cases are remarkably similar. Both Sherrod and ACORN were demonized by highly edited videos appearing on right-wing websites and widely publicized by Fox News and conservative radio hosts. In both cases the mainstream media and the federal government rushed to… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 21, 2010

ILSR Explains Broadband on “MN This Week” Radio Interview

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsr-explains-broadband-mn-week-radio-interview/

Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative, joins Curtis Beckmann on "MN This Week" to discuss broadband networks.  The 30 minute program discusses problems with existing broadband networks, the lack of competition, how and why communities have built their own networks, and a variety of other topical subjects.  Listen here.

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