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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2014

We’re Hiring

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

ILSR is seeking a Research Associate for our Community-Scaled Economy Initiative. This is a full-time position based in our Portland, Maine, office.

The Research Associate will carry out research and writing assignments, and provide communication and administrative support, to enable the initiative to further its goal of bringing about a more just and sustainable economy in which power is decentralized, capital is rooted in communities, and locally owned businesses are a thriving share of the market.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research and produce qualitative and quantitative analysis on a range of issues related to the Initiative’s goal.
  • Write compelling articles, fact sheets, and policy briefs.
  • Provide communications support for the Initiative, including managing a monthly newsletter and helping to prepare media releases and pitches.
  • Monitor news and legislative developments on key issues.
  • Provide administrative support to the Initiative and to ILSR’s Development Director, including updating online files, researching fund-raising prospects, scheduling meetings, and responding to requests for information.

Key Qualifications & Skills:

  • 3+ years experience in social change, policy, or journalism fields.  Or 1+ years of experience combined with a relevant advanced degree.
  • Exceptional research skills: ability to identify the pivotal questions, sharp analysis of the issues.
  • Excellent written communications skills, including the ability to convey complex ideas in a clear and compelling way.
  • Knowledge of the political and legislative process.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time.
  • Computer and web savvy. Proficiency in WordPress and Mailchimp a plus.

Compensation:
ILSR provides a competitive compensation package, including health insurance, paid vacation, and a retirement plan.

About ILSR:
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) is a 40-year-old national nonprofit organization that challenges concentrated corporate power and provides research and policy models to enable communities to take charge of their local economies and build a more equitable and environmentally sound future. ILSR has a staff of 12 with offices in Minneapolis; Portland, Maine; and Washington, DC.

How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter, résumé, and two writing samples reflecting your original work to smitchell@ilsr.org. The subject line should read “Research Associate Application.” No phone calls, please.

 

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2014

Amazon’s Big Assist from Government

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/amazons-big-assist-government/

A new study finds Amazon’s sales drop in states where it is required to collect sales taxes, revealing what Jeff Bezos has undoubtedly known for years: the company’s success, its track record of shuttering local businesses, is as much a product of government favoritism as it is of its own ingenuity. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Banking, Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 16, 2014

Understanding the Small Business Credit Crunch

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

Even as their big competitors are awash in capital, many locally owned businesses are struggling to secure the financing they need to grow. A new ILSR analysis has found that, since 2000, bank lending to large businesses is up 36 percent, while small business loan volume has fallen 14 percent and “micro” business loans — those under $100,000 — have plummeted 33 percent. To shed light on this problem and help inform policy discussions, ILSR has published an overview of the small business lending landscape. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 25, 2014

A Trojan Carrot

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

Walmart already controls more than 25 percent of the U.S. grocery market. With its latest organic scheme, it’s aiming to control even more. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2014

Two Big-Box Decisions Show How Smart Planning Policies Protect Good Jobs

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/smart-planning-policies-protect-good-jobs-cities-vote-big-boxes/

Although few cities take full advantage of them, planning and zoning powers are among the most potent tools communities have for shaping their economies. Two recent decisions, in Massachusetts and Wisconsin, underscore why land use planning matters and how smart policies can strengthen the local economy and protect good jobs. Continue reading