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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 2 Comments | Updated on Mar 12, 2009

Four Corporate Tax Loopholes States Should Close

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/four-corporate-tax-loopholes-states-should-close/

Doing so would ease budget shortfalls and restore a measure of fairnessfor small businesses, which lack access to these loopholes and end upshouldering a heavier tax burden than their big competitors. Some evidence even suggests that leveling the playing field may help spur entrepreneurialism and job growth. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Justin Dahlheimer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2009

Virginia State Supreme Court Ruling Halts a Wal-Mart Supercenter

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/virginia-state-supreme-court-ruling-halts-walmart-supercenter/

The grassroots group, Blacksburg United for Responsible Growth (BURG), is celebrating a Virginia Supreme Court decision that impedes Wal-Mart’s entry into its community. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Justin Dahlheimer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 18, 2009

Years of Subsidizing Retail and Nothing to Show for It

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/years-subsidizing-retail-and-nothing-show-it/

Despite an enormous commitment of public funding to support retail development, neither taxable sales nor retail employment has grown significantly in the St. Louis, a new report finds. The report concludes that development incentives have done nothing to boost tax revenue in the metro and "the overall fiscal health of local governments in the region is increasingly tenuous. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Justin Dahlheimer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 2, 2009

Group Pressures Home Depot into Dropping Plans for Store

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/group-pressures-home-depot-dropping-plans-store/

The grassroots group, the Sunland-Tujunga Alliance has pressured Home Depot into dropping plans for locating in its community after a messy, five-year fight. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2009

Stacy Mitchell speaking about the growth of the local business movement (Video)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/stacy-mitchell-speaking-about-growth-local-business-movement/

Stacy Mitchell speaking about the growth of the local business movement at the American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute conference in Salt Lake City on Jan. 29, 2009. Continue reading

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