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

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.

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.

Shopping Local for the Holidays: AIB’s Infographic Has the Facts to Know
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While analysts are already chattering about which big-box stores will open on Thanksgiving Day this year, the resurgence of independent business is the holiday shopping story that’s more important to many Americans. Six in 10 customers say they go out … Read More