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filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Customer Cooperatives

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/community-ownership-commercial-spaces/customer-cooperative/

One way that residents of a community can jointly capitalize a new local business is by starting a cooperative, a business that is owned by its member-customers, who provide the necessary capital in the form of member dues, govern the business democratically, and receive a share of any surplus or profits. Continue reading

filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Commercial Community Land Trust

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/community-ownership-commercial-spaces/commercial-community-land-trust/

Community land trusts are best known for a pioneering approach to affordable housing, but some neighborhoods are exploring their commercial potential. Continue reading

filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Community-owned Stores

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/community-ownership-commercial-spaces/community-owned-store/

Another approach to community ownership of commercial spaces is to create a community-owned store that is structured as a local stock corporation. There are at least a dozen examples of these around the country. One of the best-known is the Powell Mercantile in Powell, Wyoming. Founded in 2002, this profitable downtown department store is owned by about 800 local families who capitalized the business by buying shares priced at $500 each. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Investment Cooperatives

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/community-ownership-commercial-spaces/investment-cooperatives/

In the vacuum left by traditional economic development and Wall Street’s approach to finance, investment cooperatives allow communities to put their capital to work in their local economy, catalyze the creation of new jobs, re-imagine their neighborhoods, and earn a return on their investment. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2015

Community Ownership of Commercial Spaces

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

Community ownership of commercial spaces offers benefits that include new jobs in the neighborhood, strong incentives for people to shop locally, local sources for key goods, closer ties with neighbors, and in some cases, a return on investment. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 23, 2015

Protecting Chain Retail Workers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/san-francisco-retail-workers-bill-rights/

Enacted at the end of 2014, the San Francisco Retail Workers Bill of Rights requires large retail and restaurant chains to give workers advance notice of their schedules and offer part-time employees access to more hours before hiring additional people. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jan 8, 2015

“The Secret Side of Global Trade” – David Morris, International Forum on Globalization

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/the-secret-side-global-trade-david-morris-international-forum-globalization/

David Morris spoke at Riverside Church for the International Forum on Globalization in 1995 about local self-reliance and global trade. His words still ring true today. You can listen to the audio from the speech below, download it in your podcast player, or watch it on our YouTube channel. David Morris is co-founder of the Institute and… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 2, 2014

Celebrate Independence with 3 Steps Toward Energy Self-Reliance

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/celebrate-independence-3-steps-energy-self-reliance/

Being from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, I’m often asked, “You want everyone off-grid and independent with their own solar array and a battery, right?” In a word, no. But our mission of economic and energy self-reliance has several similarities to the kind of (economic) independence being sought by England’s American colonists in the 1770s and… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 10, 2014

Announcing: The Coalition for Local Internet Choice

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

We are excited to announce a new effort to restore and preserve local decision-making authority when it comes to public private partnerships and Internet infrastructure investment. The Coalition for Local Internet Choice, CLIC, will work to ensure communities can make these decisions for themselves. Mission statement:   The Coalition for Local Internet Choice – CLIC –… Continue reading

Rule filed under Banking, Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 15, 2014

Access to Capital for Local Businesses

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

A significant share of locally owned businesses are struggling to secure the financing they need to grow.  Our 2014 Independent Business Survey found that 42 percent of local businesses that needed a loan in the previous two years had been unable to obtain one.  Another survey by the National Small Business Association likewise found that 43… Continue reading