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Understanding the Small Business Credit Crunch

By Stacey Mitchell April 16, 2014 Even as their big competitors are awash in capital, many locally owned businesses are struggling to secure the financing they need to grow. A new ILSR analysis has found that, since 2000, bank lending to large businesses is up 36 percent, while small business loan volume has fallen 14 […]

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A New Deal for Local Economies: I. The Good News

Author: Stacy Mitchell Let me begin by sharing some good news. Locally grown food has soared in popularity. There are now 5,274 active farmers markets in the United States. Remarkably, almost one of every two of these markets was started within the last decade.(1) Food co-ops and neighborhood greengrocers are likewise on the rise. 

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