Amazon's Big Assist from Government

Amazon sales have fallen in states where it is now required to collect sales taxes, according to a new study by three economists at Ohio State University. The study offers striking evidence of how much Amazon's dominance of the retail marketplace is owed to nearly 20 years of favorable tax treatment.

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Influential Buy Local Campaigns

Its no secret that buy local campaigns are making a difference
in the small business community.These campaigns 
drive consumers away from national chains and towards small businesses, while connecting small business owners with like-minded partners and resources. According to the 2013 Independent Business Survey sponsored by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, small businesses in communities with active buy local campaigns experienced revenue increases of 8.6 percent in 2013, compared with just 3.4 percent for small businesses elsewhere.

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Five Ways to Travel Like a Local

You can play mini golf in Myrtle Beach and race to the top of the Empire State Building in NYC, but you won’t get the full experience of any city until you wander off the beaten path a little. While millions of Americans flock to the country’s most notable tourist destinations this summer, millions of local residents will continue to frequent their favorite hangouts away from all of the crowds. These locals know what’s great about their hometown, whether it’s the family-owned seafood restaurant you won’t find on TripAdvisor or the generations-old antique shop just a couple miles outside of town. To make the most of your summer getaway, you’ve got to be more than a tourist – you’ve got to travel like a local.
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Indie Resource: Independent We Stand Mobile App

Consumers understand the importance of supporting locally owned businesses like yours and are willing to ‘buy local’ if they know your business is locally owned. Independent We Stand created the first of its kind mobile app for millions of independent businesses to help consumers find and support locally owned businesses like yours. Help spread the word about this powerful tool and reach consumers who are eager to 'buy local'.

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