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Michigan retailers successfully pushed to level the playing field with online stores, which will be required to charge state sales tax under a new law. That means new revenue for the state, but the impact on bricks-and-mortar retailers like Herm Baker at Vertigo Music remains unclear as buying behaviors continue to shift.

Published in Economic Development

In mid-May, Local First hosted the 2012 Business Alliance for Local Living Economies business conference, which brought more than 700 people interested in local, sustainable businesses together for a sharing of best practices.

Published in Crystal Ball
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 19:00

Crystal Ball 2012: More on Small Biz

I believe our economy will continue to inch — and I do mean inch — forward in 2012. However, the inching forward by small businesses — my world — will be dependent upon the financial health of consumers. Translation: Job security and home ownership are critical to this financial health

Published in Small Business

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