Main Street/Shop Local

22 Oct

Fact Sheet Warns of Amazon’s Negative Impact on Communities

A fact sheet released by Advocates for Independent Business and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance provides eye-opening data that reveals how tax incentives and other assistance provided by local governments to Amazon does more harm than good to local economies.

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21 Oct

Study Finds States Give Most Economic Development Dollars to Large Businesses

A study released this week by Good Jobs First, a national policy resource center for grassroots groups and public officials, found that large companies get the bulk of states’ economic development dollars.

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21 Oct

Bookends & Beginnings Builds Indie Culture Through Engaging Events Calendar

To draw new customers into the store and keep current ones buzzing about its unique offerings, Bookends & Beginnings owners Nina Barrett and Jeff Garrett have planned a wide array of literary, educational, and social events for this fall.

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21 Oct

Bookstores Encouraged to “Get on the Map!”

As the third annual celebration of Indies First on Small Business Saturday approaches, bookstores are encouraged to enter their event details into the Indies First Activity Registry so their plans are publicized to consumers through’s Indies First map.

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08 Oct

Clinton Book Shop Owner Organizes Town’s First Harvest Festival

Harvey Finkel, owner of The Clinton Book Shop, is coordinating Clinton, New Jersey’s first Apple ‘n’ Pumpkin Harvest Festival to be held this Sunday, October 11.

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01 Oct

Around Indies

Archestratus Books sets up shop in Brooklyn; Greenlight Bookstore pops up at Play Kids; Phoenix Books holds grand opening for Rutland branch; BookPeople of Moscow celebrates anniversary of First Thursday

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30 Sep

Michigan’s Main Street Retailers to Compete on Level Playing Field

Starting October 1, Amazon and other online retailers with nexus in Michigan are required to collect and remit the state’s six percent sales tax.

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16 Sep

Cheryl Strayed to Be 2015 Indies First Spokesperson

Cheryl Strayed, the bestselling author of Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, Torch, and the forthcoming Brave Enough, is calling on her fellow authors to show their support for independent bookstores by linking to indie websites and by signing up to be booksellers at their favorite indies on Small Business Saturday.

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03 Sep

Indie Coalition Hails New Rule Requiring Disclosure of Tax Breaks for Economic Development

Advocates for Independent Business, a coalition of trade associations and other organizations representing locally owned, independent businesses, is cheering a new accounting rule requiring local and state governments to annually disclose the amount of tax breaks they give to corporations in the name of economic development.

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20 Aug

BTW News Briefs

Find Waldo Local to return for fifth year; SIBA welcomes new and returning board members; BISG announces 2015 Lifetime Service Award recipient; University of Akron Press to reopen

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12 Aug

Mitzi’s Books Demonstrates the IndieBound Spirit

The atmosphere at Mitzi’s Books in Rapid City, South Dakota, gives off a hearty “Shop Local” vibe, due in part to its use of resources from ABA’s IndieBound marketing program. 

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06 Aug

Booksellers Deem Fourth Year of Find Waldo Local a Success

Find Waldo Local’s fourth year wrapped up last week after a month-long celebration of the shop local movement in downtown business districts across the country.

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29 Jul

BTW News Briefs

Congress raises SBA lending ceiling; Man Booker Prize announces 2015 longlist; BookBrowse publishes white paper on book clubs; AAUP responds to closure of University of Akron Press; New England Book Award winners announced

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09 Jul

Downtown Revival, Creative Events Draw Customers to Kicks Mix Bookstore

One year into business, Kicks Mix Bookstore in Newark, Ohio, is finding its niche as part of a burgeoning downtown community.

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08 Jul

Independent Bookstore Day Invites Publisher Support, Submissions

Independent Bookstore Day organizers are inviting publishers to submit proposals for merchandise with unique literary and artistic value that would inspire readers to line up outside of indie bookstores for the April 30, 2016, celebration.

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