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The Local Multiplier Effect - The local multiplier effect refers to the increased wealth creation that occurs when money is spent locally and recirculates within the local economy.

The Small-Mart Revolution - a groundbreaking book that makes a strong case for local independent business and provides a road map for restoring our local economies.

Chuck Blakeman - Award-winning author, small business guru and advisor. Chuck's blog contains a wealth of information for entrepreneurs to 'get off the treadmill' and produce better results for their businesses.

BALLE - the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies brings together independent business leaders, economic development professionals, government officials, social innovators, and community leaders to build local living economies.

10% Shift - is a campaign to build strong local economies by encouraging shoppers to shift 10% of their spending to local businesses.

AMIBA - the American Independent Business Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping communities and independent businesses thrive. They help citizens, independent businesses and communities prevent the displacement of locally-owned businesses, ensure ongoing opportunities for entrepreneurs, and advance citizen engagement in directing the development of their community.

Institute for Local Self Reliance - The Institute's mission is to provide innovative strategies, working models and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development. To this end, ILSR works with citizens, activists, policymakers and entrepreneurs to design systems, policies and enterprises that meet local or regional needs; to maximize human, material, natural and financial resources; and to ensure that the benefits of these systems and resources accrue to all local citizens.

New Rules Project - A program of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, the New Rules Project started back in 1998 and continues to bring fresh new policy solutions to communities and states to ensure that they are "designing rules as if community matters". - a community-supported media platform created by and for artists, entrepreneurs, foodies, and environmentalists. We champion the Community Makers — small businesses who make our communities more sustainable, more accessible, more creative, and more fun.

Big Box Toolkit - Are you working to stop or prevent sprawling big-box development in your community? Are you looking for ways to strengthen local policies to protect your community and ensure that citizens control its future? Are you trying to expand locally owned businesses? Big Box Tool Kit has the resources you'll need to both beat the big box and to chart a new course for economic development in your community.

The E.F. Schumacher Society - Founded in 1980 the mission of the Schumacher Society is to promote the building of strong local economies that link people, land, and community.

Slow Money - Slow Money's goal is: a million Americans investing 1% of their assets in local food systems within a decade. - is a collection of resources for those seeking information and assistance in starting and running a small business. - The National Federation of Independent Business is the leading small business association representing small and independent businesses. -  The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has been a big voice for small business for over 35 years with 105,000 members nationwide in every sector.

I Am A Mom and Pop -  Small businesses are considered a dying race but we refer to it as the "forgotten race" among the business world. This is dedicated to all of those who have worked hard all their life running a small business and the ones who are just starting out on their own.


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