Today, in the New York Times small business blog, Robb Mandelbaum examines the membership of the National Federation of Independent Businesses has plummeted and takes a look at how the group has lobbied for tax loopholes that boost the profits of big chains, while forcing independent businesses to pay more.
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So far, the public debate about cars and climate change has been dominated by fuel economy. But driving has been growing at such a rapid pace that even a big advance in fuel economy is likely to be wiped out by ever more miles on the road. This is where local stores come in. Dozens of studies have found that people who live near small stores walk more for errands and, when they do drive, their trips are shorter. Continue reading
A recently opened Walgreens in Fargo, North Dakota, is not filling prescriptions. Corporate greed, not state law, is preventing the retailer from putting a pharmacy in the store. Continue reading
In August 2009, North Carolina passed a measure requiring large e-commerce retailers to collect and remit state sales taxes if they generate more than $10,000 in sales a year through in-state sales affiliates. Continue reading
A growing body of evidence suggests that public enthusiasm for all things local and independent is on the rise, providing locally owned businesses with a measure of insulation from the worst effects of the recession, even as some of their biggest competitors teeter and collapse. Continue reading
Michael Krasny’s Forum program on KQED, the NPR affiliate in Northern California, featured ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell as part of a panel discussion on the decline of shopping malls. Continue reading
In one of the more brazen attempts by a corporation to disguise itself as a locally owned business, Starbucks is un-branding at least three of it Seattle outlets. Continue reading
In 2006, McCall, Idaho, enacted an ordinance that limits formula restaurants to only 10% of the total number of restaurants and limits formula retail businesses to no more than 10% of the total number of "like businesses" in town. Continue reading
In 2009, Rhode Island began requiring e-commerce retailers to collect and remit state sales taxes if they generate more than $5,000 in sales through in-state sales affiliates. Continue reading
HSBC, one of the biggest banks on the planet, has taken to calling itself "the world’s local bank." Starbucks is un-branding at least three of its Seattle outlets, the first of which just reopened as "15th Avenue Coffee and Tea." The International Council of Shopping Centers is pouring millions of dollars into television ads urging people to "Shop Local" — at their nearest mall.
Hoping to capitalize on growing public enthusiasm for all things local, some of the world’s biggest corporations are brashly laying claim to the word “local.” Continue reading