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09 May

SBA Offers Small Business Week Education Program

In celebration of Small Business Week, from May 20 - 22 the Small Business Administration will be offering educational programming on social media, federal contracting, selling to large companies, and business matchmaking with major corporations and government agencies.

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22 Aug

Amazon to Start Collecting Sales Tax in California and Pennsylvania

The push for sales tax fairness in California and Pennsylvania, which came to a head in 2011, will bear fruit next month.

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08 Nov

Retail Groups Submit Brief Opposing Swipe Fee Settlement

On November 1, 20 retailers and trade groups, including the American Booksellers Association, the National Association of College Stores, and the National Retail Federation, asked a judge to reject a proposed class-action settlement of a federal antitrust lawsuit over skyrocketing Visa and MasterCard credit card swipe fees.

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10 May

Swipe Fees Decline Significantly

Almost two years after the Durbin “swipe fee” amendment was signed into law as part of the sweeping Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Federal Reserve reported that the average interchange fee has nearly been halved.

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30 Aug

ABA Releases Updated Sales Tax Fairness FAQ

This week, the American Booksellers Association published an updated “Sales Tax Fairness FAQ.”  The FAQ provides booksellers with quick, easy-to-understand answers to some of the more common questions asked about ABA’s sales tax fairness advocacy efforts.

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13 Nov

Community Bankers Urge Consumers to Shop Local

Independent Community Bankers of America has launched a campaign to encourage shoppers to buy locally this holiday season.

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17 May

Michigan Governor Supports Sales Tax Fairness

In a letter to the U.S. Senate dated May 9, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder publicly announced his support for the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 1832).

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06 Sep

Study Finds Shopping Local Generates Almost Four Times the Economic Benefit

A new study conducted in Salt Lake City, Utah, has found that indies generate almost four times as much economic benefit for the surrounding region as do chains.

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14 Nov

Despite Opposition, Judge Grants Preliminary Approval to Swipe Fee Deal

A U.S. District Court judge has granted preliminary approval to a proposed class-action settlement of a federal antitrust lawsuit over rapidly rising Visa and MasterCard credit card swipe fees despite opposition from 10 of the 19 named plaintiffs.

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30 May

Booksellers Asked to Contact Lawmakers in Support of E-Fairness

ABA is encouraging its members to reach out to their state governors and federal lawmakers in support of sales tax fairness legislation currently under consideration in the U.S. House and Senate.

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