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Retail is Small Business
The overwhelming majority of retailers are small businesses, with more than 98 percent of all retail companies employing fewer than 50 people. See how small retailers contribute to their communities and the economy: Read the latest small business news.
NRF supports Small Business Saturday for the same reason millions of Americans do: Main Street connects communities, empowers entrepreneurs and provides significant contributions to our nation’s economy. The holiday season is the most important time of the year for retailers. Support your local community: Shop small and check out these tips for getting your neighborhood involved.
Especially for small business retailers and entrepreneurs, NRF's Retail on Mainstreet SmartBrief is a summary of important insights and news stories on connecting with customers, managing money, monitoring industry trends and spurring growth. Sign up for this free weekly email resource.
Which startup company has the biggest potential to transform the shopping experience or make a positive impact on the retail industry? We call on a panel of digital retail executives and venture capitalists to select the Shop.org Digital Commerce Startup of the Year. Learn more about the competition.
NRF launched the inaugural Small Business Experience at Retail’s BIG Show in 2016. For the second year in a row, the 2017 program included networking and educational sessions designed to help small business owners and retail entrepreneurs succeed. Watch full session videos from the program.
Since 2003, NRF has partnered with Prosper Insights & Analytics to gauge consumers’ spending intentions for holidays and milestone events throughout the year, including small business shopping during the holiday season. Additional consumer research includes demographic spotlights on Moms, Millennials, Homeowners and Hispanic consumers.
Follow @NRF on Instagram and go behind the scenes with small retail businesses like Beekman 1802 in Sharon Springs, N.Y., Mizzen+Main in Dallas, Texas, and Duluth Pack in Duluth, Minn. Check out photos and stories from small businesses across the country.
Small businesses play a big role in the U.S. economy. NRF commissioned a survey of entrepreneurs and business owners and found that burdensome regulations are reducing the appeal of starting a business and undermining the ability of existing businesses to grow. Download the report and read more on Medium.
America’s sales tax system unfairly favors online retailers — who are not required to collect sales tax on most sales — at the disadvantage of local brick-and-mortar merchants. NRF is urging Congress to pass legislation requiring online sellers to collect sales tax the same as local stores. Learn more about the issue.
America's small retail businesses are worried about a new House tax reform proposal, with provision for a pending “border adjustment tax”. This would be a new, additional tax on the products we use every day. Goods imported into the United States — gas, medicine, fruits, vegetables, clothing — will be more expensive for everyone. If the BAT becomes real, it will increase costs and kill jobs. Learn more about how BAT would affect small businesses.
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Find out how the retail industry impacts jobs, income and GDP in your state. View the map and check out the data.