BTW Articles

14 May

BTW Talks 40 Years of Localism With ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Stacy Mitchell talks to BTW about the organization’s achievements over the past 40 years, the localism movement, and the growing trend toward independently owned retail.

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13 May

Add Advocacy to Your BEA Schedule

Booksellers looking to catch up on a range of public policy issues affecting their businesses are encouraged to set up an appointment to meet with David Grogan in the ABA Indie Bookseller Lounge at BEA.

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07 May

Booksellers Call for Sales Tax Fairness in New ABA Video, Virginia Sales Tax Commercial

Ten ABA members offer testimonials calling for sales tax fairness in a new video now available on YouTube. And two Virginia booksellers appear in a new sales tax fairness commercial released by the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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07 May

National Small Business Week Kicks Off on Monday

The Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week kicks off on Monday, May 12, and booksellers are encouraged to participate in webinars and online events throughout the week

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08 May

Initiative Aims to Collect Voices of Main Street

The Alliance for Main Street Fairness “Voices of Main Street Movement” asks small business owners to leave an audio testimonial, via a dedicated toll-free phone line, explaining why the U.S. House of Representatives needs to act on sales tax fairness legislation.

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30 Apr

ABA Joins as Co-Sponsor of SBA’s National Small Business Week

ABA will be among the co-sponsors of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week, this May 12 – 16.

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23 Apr

University Study Confirms Sales Tax Inequity Benefits Online Retailers

A recent study by researchers at Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business shows that remote retailers do indeed enjoy a competitive advantage by not collecting sales tax at the point of sales.

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17 Apr

Amazon to Begin Collecting Sales Tax in Florida

Amazon.com will be required to collect and remit sales tax in Florida beginning May 1, according to media reports this week. The requirement to collect was part of a real estate deal to build  a 1.1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Hillsborough County.

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16 Apr

Colorado House Passes Sales Tax Fairness Bill

On April 14, the Colorado House of Representatives passed the Marketplace Fairness & Small Business Protection Act, a bill that would require remote retailers with nexus in the state to collect and remit sales tax on purchases made by Colorado residents.

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17 Apr

AIB Publishes Policy Paper on Access to Capital for Small Businesses

Advocates for Independent Business has produced the Backgrounder on the Small Business Credit Crunch, which outlines broad policy solutions, with a focus on strengthening and expanding community banks, increasing credit union business lending, and reorienting the SBA’s loan guarantee programs.

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