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The Smart Mart Revolution

The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition

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by Michael H. Shuman (Berrett-Koehler, 2006)

“People who own and work in small businesses have long known in their gut that they did more for their customers and communities than the mega-stores, but they have not always been successful in outlining the arguments in clear and concise ways. Here comes Michael Shuman to the rescue.”

—Adam Schnitzer, Green Apple Books, San Francisco, CA
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Great Good Place

The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community

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by Ray Oldenburg (Marlowe & Company, 3rd edition, 1999)

“The great value of this book is that Mr. Oldenburg has given us an insightful and extremely useful new lens through which to look at a familiar problem.”

New York Times Book Review
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Going Local

Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age

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By Michael Shuman (Routledge, 1999)

“A brilliant synthesis of a new economics based on local self-reliance, community control, and renewed cyclical flows of regional capital. Every city or community, rich or poor, should make Going Local required reading for their employees, elected officials, and citizens.”

—Paul Hawken, author of The Ecology of Commerce
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Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future

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By Bill McKibben (Times, 2007)

“Deep Economy challenges the reader to imagine a future of thriving local economies where people act in community. McKibben takes us to places in the world, including our own backyards, where people are challenging the relentlessly pursued ideal that more is better. This is a book to give readers inspiration, tools, hopes, and a good, strong call to action.”

—Linda Ramsdell, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VT
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Big Box Swindle

Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses

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By Stacy Mitchell (Beacon Press, 2006)

“. . . a galvanizing eye-opener that deserves the widest possible audience. This is one of those urgent, revelatory volumes that could change how many readers conduct their daily lives, since it illuminates a stunning collection of hidden economic and societal costs. . . Mitchell devotes the final quarter of her powerful book to inspiring lessons from places that are turning the tide.”

—John Marshall, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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