In Support of Antitrust Rulemaking, AIB Members Submit Comments to Federal Trade Commission on Impact of Amazon’s Platform Power
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In joint comments submitted this fall to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in regards to the agency’s latest hearings on “Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century,” Advocates for Independent Business members voiced concern that concentrated market power and … Read More

Local Policy Matters, New Advocacy Toolkit Outlines Local Policies to Support Independent Businesses
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Putting the right local policies in place can give independent businesses a fair chance to compete and thrive. Locally owned businesses play a central role in healthy communities. They’re engines of opportunity, creating jobs and providing pathways to the middle … Read More

Following Recent Supreme Court Ruling, AIB Members Applaud Step Toward Sales Tax Fairness
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On June 21, the U.S. Supreme Court granted states the authority to require out-of-state and online retailers to collect sales tax, in a welcome victory for independent businesses. The decision represents a major victory in a long, hard fought battle … Read More

AIB to Host Spring and Summer Roundtable Calls for Member Groups on Success Stories and Succession Planning in Independent Businesses
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AIB has announced two roundtable calls planned for this spring and summer: “Sharing Success Stories and Innovation,” on Monday, April 30, followed by “Succession Planning in Independent Businesses,” on Monday, July 9. The first call will provide a space for … Read More

AIB Members Join “Friend of the Court” Brief in Online Sales Tax Case
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This month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case on sales tax collection that could — long after online commerce has transformed the retail sector in the United States — finally give states the authority to require online retailers to collect sales tax. For both local governments and local retailers, it’s a case that’s long overdue. Members of Advocates for Independent Business (AIB) have joined a brief that urges the Court to correct the law on sales tax.

As Federal Government Seeks to Move Purchasing to an “E-Commerce Portal,” AIB Submits Comments
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As the General Services Administration, which oversees the federal government’s annual $50 billion in spending on commercial goods, develops a plan for moving that procurement onto an “e-commerce portal,” Advocates for Independent Business has submitted comments urging GSA to design a program that considers the crucial role of independent, small and medium-sized businesses play in the economy.

The Ripple Effect When You Shop Local (Infographic)
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When you choose locally owned businesses for your shopping, you create a ripple effect. Here’s what happens when you shop local — starting with you.

Independent Businesses Report Advantages in Weathering Retail Storm, New Survey Finds
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The retail industry is experiencing significant upheaval. Reporting on the issue, however, has focused almost exclusively on national chains. Now, a new national survey finds that shifts in the retail sector are playing out differently for independent businesses than they are for the chains. The survey, which gathered data from over 850 independent retailers across the U.S., yields valuable insight into how independents are weathering the storm — and what they perceive as their distinct advantages.

AIB Voices Concern Over Amazon’s Proposed Acquisition of Whole Foods, Requests Hearing
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In a letter to four leading members of Congress, AIB expressed concerns over the way Amazon’s growing market power is threatening the economic vitality of tens of thousands of independent businesses across the country, and how buying Whole Foods would allow Amazon to expand its dominance.

Anticompetitive Conditions Are Impacting Independent Businesses, AIB Writes in Letter to Sen. Klobuchar
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In today’s highly concentrated markets, the ability of dominant companies to exclude and impede businesses from competing has become one of the most pressing issues facing independent businesses. On the heels of a recent speech about the need for more vigorous antitrust enforcement by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Advocates for Independent Business (AIB) has sent Sen. Klobuchar a letter commending her call for action and sharing information about the experiences of AIB’s member businesses.

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