Independent Businesses Report Advantages in Weathering Retail Storm, New Survey Finds

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.

Independent Businesses Report Growing Sales and Hiring, but Policies Tilted in Favor of Large Companies Hold Them Back
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The 9th annual Independent Business Survey finds that public support for independent businesses led to brisk sales and a sharp increase in hiring in 2015, but biased policies and other obstacles are limiting their success.

2015 Independent Business Survey: Buoyed by Public Support, Independent Businesses Report Strong Sales Growth
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Independent businesses saw strong sales growth in 2014 as more consumers embraced the “buy local” movement and ditched big companies in favor of supporting local retailers and small-scale producers, according to a large national survey released today.

Independent Business Owners Report Growing Public Support, Call for Policies to Level the Playing Field
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Today the Advocates for Independent Business and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance released the results of a national survey of 2,602 independent business owners.  The survey found that the Buy Local message is boosting customer traffic and improving the outlook on Main Street, but policymakers need … Read More