European Chains Spur Further Grocery Consolidation, Squeezing Farmers, Workers, And Independent Businesses

By Claire Kelloway, -

European grocery chains are driving a new round of concentration in American food retail, as they race to buy up independent grocers or drive them out of business. In the most recent deal, Stop & [...]

To Preserve African-American Businesses, Durham, NC, Turns To Employee Ownership

By Fifty by Fifty, -

Durham, North Carolina, once famous for its “Black Wall Street,” is exploring a new strategy to preserve and grow local African-American businesses through employee ownership. One of four cities [...]

The Death Of Small Businesses In Big Cities

By Rebecca Jennings, -

If you want to understand “retail death” — and I’m using quotes here because the concept of buying and selling things is very much alive — all you have to do is look at one very specific street. [...]

The Woman Aiming To Get 50 Million Americans Into The Worker-Owner Economy

By Fran Korten, -

For decades Marjorie Kelly has looked for ways that businesses can better contribute to the good of society. In 1987, after getting a master’s degree in journalism, she founded Business Ethics [...]

Thousands Of Small Businesses Call On Congress To Pass CRA Resolution To Restore Net Neutrality

By Staff, -

It’s national Small Business Week, and nearly 6,000 small businesses, ranging from construction companies to tech startups are planning to deliver an open letter to Congress tomorrow Wednesday, [...]

Supreme Court Decision On Sales Tax Potential Big Impact On Local Businesses

By Olivia Lavecchia,  -

On April 17, 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 [...]

Strategies To Encourage Locally-Owned, Independent Businesses

By Olivia Lavecchia, -

In many U.S. cities, finding and keeping an affordable location has become a major challenge for independent businesses. Two years ago, we took an in-depth look at the issue in our [...]

Locally-Owned Businesses Fight Back Against Subsidies To National Chains

By Fran Korten, -

Lanning is widely recognized for her work. Even though she finds traditional economic development planners to be frequent adversaries, in 2014 the International Economic Development Council [...]

Our Opportunity To Build Wealth, Economy, And Culture

By Melissa Hoover, -

Entrepreneurship can be a powerful force for prosperity. Business ownership gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to earn more money and create jobs. But this pathway to self-made success is mostly [...]

500# Small Businesses Urge FCC To Protect Net Neutrality

By Staff, -

By Staff of FIght For Our Future - We are a group of businesses empowered by unencumbered access to an open Internet. We are deeply concerned with the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal [...]

How Cities Can Save Small Shops

By Karen Loew, -

By Karen Loew for Citylab - Over its two decades in business, Jane’s Exchange, a secondhand children’s and maternity clothing shop in Manhattan’s East Village, has clothed generations of diverse [...]

How Cities Can Create A Built Environment Where Local Businesses Thrive

By Olivia LaVecchia, -

By Olivia LaVecchia for ILSR - Cities are changing to become increasingly inhospitable to locally owned businesses. As older buildings get replaced by new development, commercial real estate [...]

Kill Net Neutrality And You’ll Kill Us, Say 800 US Startups

By James Vincent, -

By James Vincent for The Verge - Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission announced the first step in its plan to kill net neutrality — reversing the Title II classification of internet [...]

HSBC Closes 45,000 Small Business Accounts

By Staff, -

Last week, when self-employed author and speaker Brent King was driving home from the airport, he tried to use the debit card connected to his HSBC business account. To his surprise, it was [...]