Stacy Mitchell is the head of the Institute for Local Self reliance. It is a terrific organization that studies the community benefits of locally owned businesses.
Please see links to some of the studies her organization has done and buy local.
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Survey Finds Independent Businesses Benefit from “Buy Local First” Campaigns, But Challenges Loom
ILSR’s annual survey has found that independent businesses experienced solid revenue growth in 2012, buoyed in part by “buy local first” initiatives. But the survey also documented challenges facing independent businesses, most notably an increase in “showrooming” and competition from online retailers, tax and subsidy policies that favor their big competitors, difficulty obtaining loans, and a customer base still reeling from the recession.
Locally owned businesses can help communities thrive
Cities where small, locally owned businesses account for a relatively large share of the economy have stronger social networks, more engaged citizens, and better success solving problems, according to several recently published studies.
Summaries and links to key studies that examine the impact of large retail chains and the benefits of locally owned businesses.
Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy: Stacy Mitchell’s TEDx Talk
Please click link here for the main page for ILSR's Independent Business Initiative. You'll find articles, resources, and a library of policy tools. If you would like more information, please contact Stacy Mitchell below:
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
The Hometown Advantage Bulletin