The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has an interesting take on the key role locally owned businesses play in healthy communities. From links to higher incomes and less inequality to increased tax revenue to decreased pollution, they lay out the arguments for local business as one of the best engines for advancing economic opportunity.

Read the entire article here:
Why Care about Independent, Locally Owned Businesses? – Institute for Local Self-Reliance

And click here for their Local Policy Action Toolkit