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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 19, 2014

Findings of the 2014 Independent Business Survey

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/findings-2014-independent-business-survey/

This presentation presents the key findings of the 2014 Independent Business Survey. It includes new data on the impact of “buy local” campaigns; a ranking of the biggest challenges facing small businesses, from online competitors to the difficulty of obtaining financing; and information on the public policy changes that small business owners believe would most help their businesses. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2014

Independent Business Owners Report Growing Public Support, Call for Policies to Level the Playing Field

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/2014-survey/

A survey of 2,602 independent business owners across the U.S. has found that the Buy Local message is boosting customer traffic and improving the outlook on Main Street. But entrepreneurs also say policymakers need to do more to create a level playing field and ensure that small local businesses have an equal opportunity to compete. Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under General | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2014

New Survey: Independent Businesses Report Growing Public Support, Call for Policies to Level the Playing Field

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsr-aib-release-national-independent-business-survey/

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 6, 2014) — A survey of 2,602 independent business owners across the U.S. has found that the Buy Local message is boosting customer traffic and improving the outlook on Main Street. But entrepreneurs also say policymakers need to do more to create a level playing field and ensure that small local businesses have an equal opportunity to compete.

The survey was conducted by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) in partnership with the Advocates for Independent Business (AIB) coalition. Continue reading

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Featured Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 2, 2014

States Where Amazon Collects Sales Tax (Map)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/states-amazon-sales-tax-map/

Amazon currently collects sales tax in 20 states, which contain more than half of the U.S. population. These 20 states are shown in dark blue and dark green. In the dark green states, Amazon has a physical presence, such as a warehouse, and thereby has sufficient “nexus” for the state to compel it to collect… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 29, 2013

ILSR Joins Trade Associations in Urging House to Hold Sales Tax Fairness Hearing

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsr-joins-trade-associations-urging-house-hold-sales-tax-fairness-hearing/

This week, ILSR joined a coalition of 18 independent business trade associations, led by the American Booksellers Association (ABA), in urging the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on the Judiciary to hold a hearing on sales tax fairness. In the following letter, addressed to Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI), the associations… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 29, 2013

The Truth about Amazon and Job Creation

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

Of all the places President Obama might give a speech on job creation, an Amazon warehouse is a particularly perplexing choice. Here are five ways Amazon is costing our economy and undermining real job growth. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2013

Internet Sales Tax Fairness – Minnesota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/internet-sales-tax-fairness/internet-sales-tax-fairness-minnesota/

In May 2013, the Minnesota state legislature passed, as part of an omnibus tax bill, legislation that will require out-of-state sellers to collect state sales taxes if they 1) use in-state sales affiliates and 2) make more than 100 sales to Minnesota residents or generate more than $100,000 in sales to Minnesota residents. The law will take effect on July 1, 2013. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 13, 2013

After 20 Years, Congress May Finally Pass Internet Sales Tax. Is it Too Late?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/20-years-congress-finally-pass-internet-sales-tax-late/

Not having to charge sales tax fueled Amazon’s growth for nearly 20 years. While it’s impossible not to see the company as a horse that’s already out the barn door, there’s still good reason to believe that the Marketplace Fairness Act will slow Amazon’s consolidation of retailing and provide benefit to independent businesses. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 23, 2013

Internet Sales Tax Bill Will Help Independent Businesses and Local Economies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/internet-sales-tax-bill-independent-businesses-local-economies/

Stacy Mitchell, director of ILSR’s Independent Business Initiative, Discusses the Bill’s Impact Continue reading