BTW Articles

26 Apr

New Report Examines Strategies to Create Affordable Rents for Indies

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance explores six strategies that cities are using to create an affordable environment where local businesses can thrive.

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19 Apr

Guest Column by Sarah Bagby in Wichita Business Journal Decries Amazon Subsidies

A guest column in the Wichita Business Journal by ABA Board member Sarah Bagby, of Watermark Books & Café, questions the state’s economic policy in providing an out-of-state competitor with subsidies.

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12 Apr

California’s Minimum Wage Law Provides Safety Valves if Increase Hurts Retail Sales

California’s new minimum wage law provides Gov. Jerry Brown with some flexibility in case the increased wage negatively impacts the state’s economy.

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05 Apr

New York State Passes Minimum Wage Increase in Budget Deal

The 2016–17 New York State budget will increase the statewide minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022. To ensure a successful transition, ABA is calling on the governor to take action to support the state’s Main Street retailers and small businesses that will bear the brunt of the increase.

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05 Apr

Amazon Fires Louisiana Affiliates Over Sales Tax Fairness Law

In response to the passage of a Louisiana law that levels the playing field for Main Street retailers, Amazon has fired its online affiliates in the state so that it will not be obligated to collect and remit sales tax.

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05 Apr

Small Business Majority Offers Webinar on Access to Capital

To help small business owners navigate the loan process, the Small Business Majority is hosting the free webinar “Access to Capital 101: Funding Options to Start and Grow Your Business” on Wednesday, April 13.

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29 Mar

California Set to Become First State With $15 Minimum Wage, New York May Be Next

Following negotiations that did not include the state’s business community, California lawmakers and union leaders have reached a deal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour for all businesses by 2023.

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09 Mar

ABA President Betsy Burton Submits Testimony to Senate Antitrust Hearing

Betsy Burton, the co-owner of The King’s English Bookshop, writing on behalf of ABA bookstore members, urged a U.S. Senate committee to investigate Amazon for violations of antitrust laws.

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08 Mar

Supreme Court Will Not Hear Apple/Amazon E-Book Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will not review a decision by an Appeals Court that upheld a District Court ruling that Apple conspired to fix the retail price for newly released and bestselling trade e-books in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

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02 Mar

New Localism Toolkit Launches

ABA has released a New Localism Toolkit to help booksellers educate their staff, their customers, elected officials, and the media about the latest relevant data regarding the localism movement.

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