In addition to advocating equal rights and being a feminist activist, I’m also a big believer in buying local as much as possible.
Here’s a pretty infographic that explains how important buying local is [hint: it’s an investment in your community!]:
That’s not all, though. Here’s a little reading for you, too.
- Great story about a retiring grocer who declined lucrative buy-out opportunities and sold the business to his employees instead.
- The life of today’s chain retail workers.
- What the Wal-Mart strikers accomplished.
- Two giant publishers, which account for 25% of the world’s books, plan to merge. Why? A certain online seller with too much market power.
- Author follows the fluctuating, sometimes below-cost, price of a book sold online.
- Must read report on how Amazon screws the independent sellers who use its Marketplace.
- Because their awesome local businesses stayed open in Hurricane Sandy’s wake. Chains? Closed.
- Terrific investigation of how food monopolies are killing farmers and why the DOJ won’t do anything about. 😦
- Bank loans can be hard to get. Now there’s a new breed of small business lender, charging 20-60 percent interest. EEK!
- Indie businesses have created a modern-day guild to counter chains and rising rents in east London.
- Seven ways businesses can fight showrooming (i.e., being a showroom for shoppers who then buy on Amazon). And if you do showroom, please reconsider. You’re hurting your own community.
- Independent video stores are making it in the age of Netflix.
- A touching story about the community connections of a longtime neighborhood pharmacist (who lives above his store).
- Some independent bookstores are feeling optimistic. Woot!By all means, we welcome questions and comments. What’s your indie business/local business experience?