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It’s been almost a year since the Senate voted 69-27 to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act, legislation that allows states to require online sellers to collect sales tax the same as local stores. Now the House has an opportunity to pass similar legislation. Here are some of the key issues underlying this week’s House Judiciary […]

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Competition in today’s retail environment is fierce. And for a small retail business, carving out a share of the market with a limited budget and limited time presents special challenges. With the Small Business Saturday program encouraging consumers to shop small during the holidays, we wondered: what can small businesses do to capitalize on their unique strengths and […]

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There’s a new signpost along the long road to sales tax fairness. Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., unveiled a new set of principles laying the legislative groundwork to fix an outdated sales tax collection system. It means momentum is building for a level playing field between Main Street retailers and their online […]

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For a small retail business, the fourth quarter can be a big deal for the bottom line. For some retailers, the holiday season can represent anywhere between 20–40 percent of annual sales. Good planning now will help retailers make the most of this important season. To share some tips on how to prepare, we spoke […]

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While the retail industry is statistically America’s largest private sector employer, most of retail could actually fall under the “world’s smallest employer” category. In fact, 77 percent of retailers operate with fewer than 10 employees. Retail is kind of a big deal in the small business category. Among all companies with fewer than 10 employees, […]

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Through the lens of National Small Business Week, we’ve been highlighting the critical role of small, independent retailers. Small businesses serve as the backbone of their communities, and their activity serves as a barometer for the American economy. And with seven in 10 of America’s retailers having fewer than 10 employees, it takes an enormous […]

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“Small businesses have played an important role in fueling past economic recoveries,” said Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. “We need to think carefully how in the current environment our nation can best provide small business and entrepreneurs with the support that they need to expand job opportunities.” The Fed Chairman’s comments on the vital role […]

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Like millions of Americans, my first job was in retail. Maybold Shoe Store in Newark, Ohio sat right on the town square and was owned by Floyd McKenna, a well-known small business owner and active member of the community. As a teenager, I saw firsthand what it meant to own and operate a small business. […]

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While it’s often multi-store brands that make headlines, 95 percent of retailers are small business owners with one store operation. So in New York next month at Retail’s BIG Show, you’ll see a lot of, well, big things (25,000 attendees, 450 exhibitors and headliners like Walmart’s Bill Simon), there’s also a featured program specifically for […]

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Local retailers like Teresa Miller of Treats Unleashed and Jim Adams of Falls Road Running Store compete with national, online retailers on customer service and product selection every single day. But there is one aspect where these local retailers are at a disadvantage: sales tax. Unlike brick-and-mortar stores, who are required to collect and remit […]

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