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    Survey Finds Indie Businesses Growing, But Policies Favor Large Companies

    Independent businesses experienced healthy sales growth in 2015, buoyed by their strong community ties and growing public awareness of the benefits of locally owned businesses, according to the Independent Business Survey, released today by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in partnership with Advocates for Independent Business.

    Spring Forum Education Refocuses on the New Localism

    In response to booksellers’ feedback at Winter Institute 11, ABA’s Spring Forums will now feature an education session based on the new Civic Economics study “Amazon and Empty Storefronts: The Fiscal and Land Use Impact of Online Retail.”

    Wi11: Bringing the Localism Movement to the Next Level

    The Wi11 panel discussion “The New Localism” brought together experts and thought leaders on local economies for a discussion about the next phase in the localism movement — evolving the movement from public discourse to public policy.

    Hundreds of Stores Sign On for Independent Bookstore Day

    A total of 430 stores have ordered exclusive literary-themed items to sell during this year’s celebration of Independent Bookstore Day on April 30.

    The True Cost of Amazon Revealed in New Study

    At last week’s Winter Institute, Civic Economics and ABA released a groundbreaking new study, “Amazon and Empty Storefronts,” which details the overall negative impact that Amazon has had on Main Street retailers and jobs, and the communities in which they are located, across the country.

    IndieBound Refresher Pack to Arrive In Stores This Month

    The IndieBound Refresher pack, which was created at the request of booksellers looking to re-familiarize themselves with the IndieBound program, contains bookmarks, decals, rally cards, and pins that promote the power of shopping local.

    Independent Bookstore Day Author Ambassador Revealed, Order Deadline Approaches

    This week, Independent Bookstore Day announced that author Lauren Groff will serve as the 2016 Author Ambassador for the April 30 event. Merchandise orders for booksellers planning to participate are due February 1.

    Preregistration Open for Find Waldo Local 2016

    Booksellers can now sign up for the 2016 celebration of Find Waldo Local. Preregistration opened on Monday, January 25, and is capped at 250 ABA member stores.

    Winter Institute Sessions Turn Spotlight on Localism

    While more consumers are choosing to shop locally to support their communities, a number of challenges remain for local economies, as presenters will discuss during three education sessions on localism at Winter Institute 11.

    IndieBound Refresher Pack Offers Tools for Sharing the Shop Local Spirit

    The IndieBound Refresher pack, created at the request of booksellers looking to re-familiarize themselves with the IndieBound program and its adaptable designs, contains bookmarks, decals, rally cards, and pins that promote the power of shopping local. 

    Study Shows Sales Tax Advantage Aided Amazon Growth

    A recently updated study by Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business drives home the point that the competitive advantage Amazon gained from not charging sales tax was as significant as Main Street retailers claimed — if not more so.

    Post-Holiday Survey Deadline January 27

    ABA is urging member bookstores to submit their responses to the eighth annual post-holiday survey, conducted by the Institute for Local Self Reliance and Advocates for Independent Business, before the January 27 deadline.

    Preregistration for Find Waldo Local’s Fifth Anniversary Year Begins January 25

    Online preregistration for the 2016 Find Waldo Local campaign opens on January 25. Participation in the fifth annual small business scavenger hunt is capped at 250 ABA member stores.

    BTW News Briefs

    American Small Business Championship contest opens; Berkley becomes part of Putnam/Dutton; ALA joins Penguin Random House in support of National Readathon Day; We Need Diverse Books announces inaugural mentees; William Johnson named Lambda Literary program director; Winners of 2016 Pacific Northwest Book Awards revealed; The Story Prize finalists announced 

    Post-Holiday Survey Seeks Important Data on How Indie Businesses Are Faring

    ABA bookstore members are strongly encouraged to participate in the eighth annual post-holiday survey, which aims to find out how independent businesses are faring, what their key challenges are, and whether the localism movement has had a positive impact in their communities.

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