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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 2 Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2012

Six Small Business Issues at Stake in this Election

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

Here’s a look at six small business issues at stake in next month’s federal and state elections, including bank reform, corporate tax advantages, getting corporate money out of politics, capping credit card fees, and creating preferences for local businesses in government purchasing. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 19, 2011

Local Purchasing Preference — Oregon

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/3138-2/

In June 2011, Oregon enacted a new law that allows state agencies and local governments to give preference to goods made in Oregon and services performed by local businesses, even if it entails paying up to 10 percent more than the cost of out-of-state suppliers.  Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 17, 2011

Local Purchasing Preference – Colorado (proposed)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/3103-2/

This bill would require that, when reviewing bids for contracts of $150,000 or more, "the state purchasing director or the head of the purchasing agency shall consider the state economic impact of the bid as a component of the cost assessment of the bid." Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 17, 2011

Local Purchasing Preference — California

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/3102-2/

California state law grants local, independently owned, small businesses a 5 percent preference when competing for state contracts. The law also sets for state agencies a goal of making at least 25 percent of their purchases with small businesses.
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Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 21, 2009

Local Purchasing Preference – San Jose, CA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/2729-2/

San Jose grants local small businesses (those with 35 or fewer employees) a 5% price preference in the awarding of city contracts. For services provided through a request-for-proposal process, local small businesses receive a 10% point advantage. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 21, 2009

Local Purchasing Preference – Madison, WI

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/2727-2/

On purchases over $5,000, the city of Madison, Wisconsin, grants local businesses a 1% price preference on bids and a 5% point preference on RFPs (request for proposal).  Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 21, 2009

Local Purchasing Preference – Los Angeles

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/2726-2/

On contracts of $100,000 or less, the city of Los Angeles grants a 10% preference to small, local businesses.  A small, local business is defined as one that is independently owned and operated, located in the county of Los Angeles, and not "dominant in its field of operations."  Los Angeles County also grants small, local businesses a 5% preference on county contracts. Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2009

Local Purchasing Preference – Indiana

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/local-purchasing-preferences/2724-2/

Indiana grants a 15% preference to small, independent businesses, as defined below, and gives all other local businesses a preference of 1-5%, depending on the size of the contract.  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