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Independent Businesses Launch Coalition to Fight Monopoly Power

Over the past year we have seen how critical independent businesses are to our community’s economic health. At the same time we have seen how vulnerable they are to disruption by community and social forces. As we emerge from the pandemic we need to seize the opportunity to transform our economy into one that is fair and equitable, provides a strong local base, and is prosperous for residents, workers and newcomers.  We are at an inflexion point where can see what hasn’t worked in our economy and we have to opportunity for reinvention.

 

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Keep money local — Local businesses spend their money locally.  Research has shown that local businesses recirculate 3X the revenue back into the local economy per sales dollar than do national retailers or online stores.  That money goes to build their community. (Learn more here)

Create jobs —  Independent businesses employ more people per dollar of revenue.  And they are customers of other businesses in the community, expanding opportunities for local entrepreneurs.

They give back to the community – Small businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, teams and schools compared to national businesses

Contribute to a healthier environment – Community based businesses reflect their community.  The typically consume less land, carry local goods, and are located closer to customers. And so create less traffic and air pollution.

They contribute to tax base – These businesses generate more tax revenue per sales dollar, and those taxes are reinvested by the communities.  They place less wear and tear on infrastructure and safety services, which save their communities money.

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April 28, 2021

Independent Businesses Launch Coalition to Fight Monopoly Power

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March 8, 2021

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February 22, 2021

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January 20, 2021

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