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Posted By LocalShops1, Thursday, December 22, 2016

 

Here is a list of resources we have compiled to help learn more about the Local Movement and to help spread the word about Why Local Matters. If you have suggestions for links we should add here, please email Ester Venouziou at ester@localshops1.com:

 

 

Videos: Why Local Matters

JibJab: Big Box Mart

TedX Talk by Book Shop Owner

TedX Talk: Bringing About a New Economy

What if Walmart Paid Living Wages?

Cartoon: Why Buy Local

 

 

Fliers + Posters:  Why Local Matters

Call to Action flier

Strategies for a Better Economy

 

 

Articles + Studies

The Power of Local First

11 Facts About Walmart

Saving a Local Shop

"I try to buy everything local"

 

 

 

About LocalShops1

LocalShops1 is a coalition of hundreds of independently owned  businesses and tens of thousands of energetic shoppers with the mission of advocating, promoting and offering support services to companies throughout Tampa Bay.  Founded in August 2008, LocalShops1 is the region's most active voice for small businesses.

 

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The Power of Local First

Posted By LocalShops1, Friday, February 14, 2014

 A national survey of 2,602 independent business owners by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in partnership with Advocates for Independent Businesses and the support of LocalShops1 and dozens of other Buy Local organizations across the country reports that Local First initiatives help boost customer traffic, but policymakers need to do more to create a level playing field between small businesses and large corporations. The survey was conducted online January 2014.

  

Among the survey’s key findings:

 

Sales growth: Independent businesses reported revenue growth of 5.3% on average in 2013.

 

Holiday sales: The retailers surveyed experienced a 1.4% increase in same-store holiday sales, comparable to many competing chains.

 

Buy Local: More than 75% of businesses in cities with active Local First campaigns reported increased customer traffic or other benefits from these initiatives. They also reported sales growth of 7.0% on average in 2013, compared to 2.3% for independent businesses in places without such an initiative.

 

Challenges: Competition from large Internet companies was rated as the biggest challenge facing indies, followed by supplier pricing that favors their big competitors, high costs for health insurance, and escalating commercial rents.

 

Internet Sales Tax:  More than 75 percent of independent retailers said that the fact that many online companies are not required to collect sales tax had negatively impacted their sales.

 

Policy Priorities: Independent businesses ranked the following as their top policy priorities:  eliminating public subsidies for big companies, capping credit card swipe fees, lowering taxes, and passing legislation to extend sales tax collection to large online retailers.

 

The complete report may be downloaded at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.


 

 

  • About LocalShops1
  • LocalShops1 is a coalition of hundreds of independently owned businesses and tens of thousands of energetic shoppers with the mission of advocating, promoting and offering support services to companies throughout Tampa Bay. Founded in August 2008, LocalShops1 is the region's most active voice for small businesses. To join our coalition please go to LocalShops1.com/Join.

 

 

 

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Saving a Local Shop

Posted By Ester Venouziou, Thursday, January 3, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 3, 2013

Itteringham is a picturesque village in Norfolk, with just over 3 miles and 60 or so homes. And in this pretty little town there's a pretty little historic shop that offers local produce and plants, cakes and pies, wines and groceries.

 

The market, opened in the 1630s, is one of the oldest stores in Britain.In recent years big supermarket chains started to open up in nearby towns, and, as often is the case, that made it tough for the little shop to survive.

 

But then something happened.The villagers took over the shop.

 

A Yahoo News story tells the story:

 

In 1994, Itteringham residents rallied in support of their pretty little historic shop. They got together and raised just over $8,000 to keep the shop from closing after its owner died.

 

Then, one by one, local residents came by and offered to help stack shelves, deliver orders, mop the floors. These days, 50 of the town's 120 residents work for free in the shop, Yahoo reports. The free labor saves the shop about $570/week, allowing it to break even and stay open.

 

"It is such a closely knit village," shop manager Mike Hemsley, 55, tells Yahoo News. "We are all friends."

 

 

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Itteringham's village shop is one of almost 300 community shops across Britain, according to the Plunkett Foundation, which promotes community-owned enterprises, co-operatives and social enterprises to rural communities through events, partner networks and high profile press and media campaigns.
 

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Could something like this happen here? Comparing the Tampa Bay region and our 4.2 million residents with the small town of Itteringham and its 120 villagers might not seem fair.
 
But what if we all took a little more ownership in our communities, what if we all started caring a little more? If 120 people can save a shop, imagine what 4.2 million could do ...

 
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  • About LocalShops1
  • Ester Venouziou is founder of LocalShops1, a coalition of hundreds of independently owned businesses and tens of thousands of energetic shoppers with the mission of advocating, promoting and offering support services to companies throughout Tampa Bay. Founded in August 2008, LocalShops1 is the region's most active voice for small businesses. To join our coalition please go to LocalShops1.com/Join.
 

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