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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Justin Dahlheimer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2009

The Benefits of North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/benefits-north-dakotas-pharmacy-ownership-law/

A new report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) concludes that repealing North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law would cost the state millions of dollars in annual economic activity and tax revenue, dramatically reduce the number of pharmacies serving rural areas, and degrade the overall quality of pharmacy services in the state. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Justin Dahlheimer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2009

The Benefits of North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/benefits-north-dakotas-pharmacy-ownership-law-2/

A unique law in North Dakota requires that pharmacies be owned by pharmacists, which means that almost all pharmacies in the state are independently owned. This report finds that, thanks to the law, North Dakota outperforms other states on key measures of pharmacy service, including the number of pharmacies serving rural areas and average prescription prices. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2009

Independent Retailers Outperform Chains Over Holidays, National Survey Finds

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/independent-retailers-outperform-chains-over-holidays-national-survey-finds/

In an extremely challenging economic climate, independent retailers are outperforming many chains, a national survey has found. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2009

Big, Empty Boxes

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

Abandoned big-box stores, dead and dying strip malls and empty storefronts are about to join foreclosed houses as one of the defining features of the American landscape in 2009. It will be tempting to blame the weak economy for all of this wreckage. But the recession has merely been the trigger. This avalanche of vacant retail, much like the mortgage crisis, has been a long time in the making. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | 1 Comment | Updated on Dec 23, 2008

How Big are Big-Box Stores?

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

Wal-Mart and Target are currently building "supercenters," which combine their usual array of merchandise with a full supermarket and numerous specialty services from cut flowers to eye glasses. Supercenters typically range from 180,000 to 250,000 square feet, or between 4.1 to 5.7 acres. The parking lots that surround these stores are several times the size of the store itself. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 10, 2008

Local Purchasing Preference – Western Australia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/2335-2/

Note: In 2008, the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) caused the Government of Western Australia to substantially amend its Buy Local Policy to eliminate the preference for regionally produced goods over U.S. exports.  Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 10, 2008

Local Purchasing Preference – Wyoming

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/2334-2/

Wyoming provides a 5% preference for local businesses bidding on any public works or public building project and a 5% preference for any machinery, construction materials, food, or other goods produced within the state, provided they are of equal or superior quality to out-of-state goods. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 10, 2008

Local Purchasing Preference – West Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/2333-2/

West Virginia provides a 2.5% preference to local businesses ("resident vendors"), as well as a 2.5% preference to nonresident vendors that employee at least 100 West Virginia residents and whose workforce is comprised of at least 75% West Virginia residents. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 10, 2008

Local Purchasing Preference – New Mexico

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/2332-2/

New Mexico provides a 5% preference for local businesses ("resident businesses") and local manufacturers ("resident manufacturers").  Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 10, 2008

Local Purchasing Preference – Alaska

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/2330-2/

Alaska provides a 5% preference for local businesses (see "Alaska bidders" below) and a 3-7% preference for products partially or entirely manufactured in the state. Continue reading