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India’s Biggest Competitors to Walmart and Amazon? Mom and Pop - WSJ
By Eric Bellman and Vibhuti Agarwal | Photographs by Smita Sharma for The Wall Street Journal
May 28, 2018 9:00 a.m. ET
Amazon  bricks-and-mortar  convenience_stores  e-commerce  family_business  India  local  mom-and-pop  retailers  Wal-Mart  small_business 
may 2018 by jerryking
Despite Amazon effect, not all mom and pops in trouble on Main St.
Chris Morris, special to Published 8:53 AM ET Fri, 11 Aug 2017

With so many major retailers struggling to stay afloat, it'd be easy to think smaller, mom-and-pop stores are doing even worse, or might be largely fading away. The recent demise of retail giants, however, has left a brick-and-mortar vacuum for local stores to fill.

And many experts say it might be best to stay small. Being a micro-sized business certainly isn't protection against big-box retailers or online competitors, but being a small business that's an integral part of a local community can help build a loyal customer base.

"The vast majority of mom-and-pop businesses are either neighborhood retail businesses or small service businesses," says Leonard Schlesinger, Baker Foundation professor at the Harvard Business School. "As neighborhood businesses, they play a significant role in neighborhood stabilization, [providing convenience for people living close by]."
Amazon  big-box  mom-and-pop  retailers  e-commerce  ethnic_communities  convenience_stores  local  customer_loyalty  small_business  department_stores  neighbourhoods 
january 2018 by jerryking
When local news outlets shutter due to cuts, we all lose - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Apr. 01, 2017

Local journalism, whether it’s at a city paper or a weekly, a radio or TV station, keeps its community entertained and informed. The National isn’t going to send a camera crew to cover the profoundly annoying pothole on Main Street, or the feud between the dress-shop owners, or the cozy relationship between the mayor and the developers. The Globe and Mail is not likely to, either: This is where the country’s 1,060 community papers come in – or where they used to. According to a recent report, those papers lost $400-million, or one-third of their revenue, between 2012 and 2015. The Public Policy Forum’s recent report on media in Canada, called The Shattered Mirror, contains an even more alarming statistic: “Since 2010, there have been 225 weekly and 27 daily newspapers lost to closure or merger in more than 200 federal ridings.” Local television coverage has contracted as well.

“Well, so what?” you might ask. Your neighbourhood has a Facebook page. The mayor has a Twitter account. Except that none of your neighbours is going to sit through a long and boring zoning meeting and report back (unless he is particularly weird). And the mayor’s Twitter feed? Undeniably good if you’re looking for sunshine and kittens. Not so good for anything she doesn’t want you to see. When provincial legislatures and city councils are left unwatched, it also means no one is keeping an eye on the sausage-making machine of democracy......The problem of fleeing ad dollars and subscribers won’t be settled so easily, either: The industry has struggled with these pains for years. Not-for-profit foundations that run news outlets might be one idea, or hyper-local websites that are crowdsourced by neighbours.....In his farewell column, Kevin Diakiw wrote, “Moving forward, you will likely receive your information from the Internet, or newsrooms pared to the bone. Be sure to read not only information that fits your own narrative, but opposing views as well.

“The weighty responsibility of hunting for balance and accuracy now lands largely on your shoulders.”
newspapers  rural  community  journalism  opposing_actions  journalists  provincial_legislatures  engaged_citizenry  city_councils  local  print_journalism  subscriptions  dual-consciousness  Postmedia  consolidation  local_journalism 
april 2017 by jerryking
Where History Is Being Made - The New York Times
I sent the Fallows Question to the Fallows themselves, and they agreed in part with my Washington answer. But they also said that the most important place to be now might be places like Erie, Pa.; Fresno, Ca.; and Columbus, Ohio.

Trump’s presence in the White House may push change to the local levels. In these cities, the Fallows argue, citizen participants are coping with declining industries, creating new civic cultures, assimilating waves of immigration, collaborating across party lines to revive everything from arts programs to tech seedbeds.

If you want to “observe” history, the Fallows say, go to Washington. If you want to “participate,” go elsewhere.

That’s a good argument, but I suppose I should close by widening the possibilities. After all, few knew about Martin Luther in 1517 or what Deng Xiaoping would unleash in 1977.....Most people can’t up and move in search of history. They’re tied down by work, family and spiritual commitments. But you only go around once in life, so if you can swing it, you might as well be where the action is.
David_Brooks  James_Fallows  Washington_D.C.  seminal_moments  Donald_Trump  local  history  engaged_citizenry  participation  pivots 
february 2017 by jerryking
Ontario Tender Fruit Lab
October- December 2014

Found by Googling "challenges import exotic fresh produce ontario"
Ontario  fruits  fresh_produce  branding  organic  agribusiness  agriculture  farming  retailers  supermarkets  grocery  MaRS  sustainability  challenges  problems  solutions  farmland  local 
august 2015 by jerryking
Big retailers miss the mark on local foods » strategy
Tanya Kostiw May 28, 2015

if local products were more available, nearly 90% of those who value them would be willing to beef up their monthly grocery spend. Less than half of these consumers say large grocery chains stock and promote these products well, and ranked these retailers well behind farmers’ markets (91%) and independent stores (71%) in that area.

Large grocery retailers have yet to figure out how to be nimble enough to bring on smaller suppliers, which would lead to partnerships with more suppliers of this size, rather than with fewer larger manufacturers, says Graeme McVie, general manager and VP business development for Precima, LoyaltyOne’s data analytics arm.

And consumers (not just in Canada) are visiting more than one destination to address their varying needs, says McVie, offering the example of a shopper following a trip to the grocery store with a Whole Foods visit because they’re driven there for a particular reason – be it the proposition around organics or freshness, service or presentation.
local  fresh_produce  retailers  supermarkets  grocery 
june 2015 by jerryking
Fighting fires with data: How killing the long-form census hurt community planning - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, May. 14 2014

Most people use the company’s data in conjunction with a mapping tool and segmentation analysis, which sorts the population into lifestyle categories such as “Middleburg Managers” and “Young Digerati,” to better understand their habits and tastes. A library, for example, found that despite having a large population of senior citizens, programs advertised to “seniors” were a bust. Having looked more closely at their income and lifestyle data, they targeted the same group as “mature adults” and had much more success.

“Often, the real power is in the melding of the data. They know things about their users, but not their neighbourhood, then they marry them,” said Doug Norris, chief demographer at Environics Analytics.

Robert Dalgleish, an executive director at the United Church of Canada, is eagerly awaiting new data sorted down to the DA level. He said more than 500 local congregations in the church use this kind of data to better understand the areas they inhabit. One puzz-ling finding was that for every identified member of the United Church in a congregation, there are nine others living within a few kilometres who never attend a service.

“The data doesn’t give us answers, but it gives us really good questions,” Mr. Dalgleish said. “It really allows congregations to drill down into their communities.”
Joe_Friesen  demographic_changes  data  mapping  local  data_melding  neighbourhoods  market_segmentation  analytics  churches  Statistics_Canada  firefighting  Environs  customer_segmentation 
june 2014 by jerryking
Marketing Professional Services Locally
To market a professional practice exceptionally well in a local community - dubbed vicinal marketing - means to study the microcosm and satisfy it. The first step in vicinal marketing is to determine ...
marketing  professional_service_firms  local  neighbourhoods 
february 2014 by jerryking
Q: What is the difference between analytics and microtargeting and can I afford either in a city council race?

A: According to Tom Bonier of Clarity Campaign Labs, the nomenclature of analytics vs. microtargeting is not settled, reflecting the relative newness of the field. "Analy...
analytics  political_campaigns  microtargeting  cities  local  municipalities  elections 
january 2014 by jerryking
Embracing a new playbook: how data-driven decisions can change the conversation in local races
January-February 2013 |Campaigns & Elections pg. 26| Stefan Hankin.

In the post-analysis of the 2012 election there has been a lot of credit given to the Obama campaign for its use of capturing an...
political_campaigns  local  data_driven  data  elections  by-elections  playbooks 
january 2014 by jerryking
Open Data Movement
July 2012 | Public Management | ALISSA BLACK.Director, California Civic Innovation Project New America Foundation Washington, D.C.
open_data  local  public_sector  massive_data_sets  DataCouch  open_government 
january 2014 by jerryking
Holland Marsh madness
Oct. 09 2009 | - The Globe and Mail | by Anthony Reinhart.
farming  farmland  Ontario  Toronto  agriculture  fresh_produce  local  locavore  Holland_Marsh 
may 2013 by jerryking
Hydroponic Produce Gains Fans and Flavor -
August 2, 2011 | NYT | By GLENN COLLINS.

Gotham Greens, a new hydroponic garden in industrial Greenpoint that turns romantic notions of farming on their head. In a $2 million greenhouse, baby plants emerge from seeds embedded in tiny sponges made of fibers spun from volcanic basalt... Without question, modern hydroponic outfits display a growing degree of technological sophistication. While 25 employees at Gotham Greens propagate, hand-pick and hand-pack the produce at its 15,000-square-foot space, a rooftop weather station monitors wind, rain, temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide and light intensity. This data bonanza serves to regulate irrigation pumps, greenhouse vents, exhaust fans, gable shutters and shade curtains.

All this environmental hovering helps crops thrive without pesticides, fungicides or herbicides, and natural pest controls like parasitic wasps, lacewings and ladybugs are introduced to the 17-foot-tall greenhouse with its 75-foot-by-160-foot main production floor. And while all of the electronic data is displayed at the central computer on the rooftop at 810 Humboldt Street, Ms. Nelkin, who is also a business partner, can view it on her cellphone and can run the operation from anywhere on the planet.
Gotham_Greens  greenhouses  green_roofs  urban  local  locavore  fresh_produce  farming  agriculture 
april 2013 by jerryking
The Future for Urban Greenhouses is Well-Grounded
Mar/Apr 2013 | Resource | Paul Selina.

Even at the highest production levels, many acres of greenhouses are required to provide for the needs of a growing city. While the concept of multiple rooftop greenhouses, or multilevel greenhouses, is routinely reported by the media, this may not be the most practical or cost-effective solution to meet the food demands of a growing population:

* Replication of the climate system, support infrastructure, management, packaging, and distribution all add costs, and each greenhouse needs connections to utilities, and separate liquid and solid waste management. The logistics of lifting and lowering tons of produce, materials, and people can also be costly and inefficient.

* Crops are living biological systems that require highly skilled growers to achieve their production potential, maintain plant health, and minimize pesticide usage. The retail outlets and restaurants supplied by the greenhouse need a reliable supply of quality produce for their customers, without any interruptions caused by crop management mistakes. While we can gather and analyze more information about the climate and plant performance, using that information will require more management, especially to operate multiple locations.

...Currently, energy costs in North America are low, by global standards, and must be expected to rise in the future. This prospect represents the biggest challenge to localized greenhouse production. Most of the energy consumed by a greenhouse is used to maintain optimum growing temperatures, so low-cost glazing materials that reduce heat transfer without reducing transmission of solar radiation are needed, as well as research to create varieties that grow well at varying temperatures. If supplementary lighting is used, it will require even more energy. LED lights continue to improve in efficiency, but they will not be widely used until the installation costs are substantially reduced. ...As we look to the future, a combination of produce suppliers is the most likely development, with the middle of the market supplied by large local greenhouses, the most affluent consumers paying a premium for ultra-local rooftop production, and the value-conscious customers continuing to purchase vegetables grown seasonally and shipped in from other regions.
greenhouses  hyperlocal  farming  green_roofs  urban  cities  local 
april 2013 by jerryking
The Organic Myth
OCTOBER 16, 2006 | Business Week | Diane Brady

Stonyfield still cleaves to its organic heritage. For Chairman and CEO Gary Hirshberg, though, shipping milk powder 9,000 miles across the planet is the price you pay to conquer the supermarket dairy aisle. "It would be great to get all of our food within a 10-mile radius of our house," he says. "But once you're in organic, you have to source globally."

Hirshberg's dilemma is that of the entire organic food business. Just as mainstream consumers are growing hungry for untainted food that also nourishes their social conscience, it is getting harder and harder to find organic ingredients. There simply aren't enough organic cows in the U.S., never mind the organic grain to feed them, to go around. Nor are there sufficient organic strawberries, sugar, or apple pulp -- some of the other ingredients that go into the world's best-selling organic yogurt...For Big Food, consumers' love affair with everything organic has seemed like a gift from the gods. Food is generally a commoditized, sluggish business, especially in basic supermarket staples. Sales of organic groceries, on the other hand, have been surging by up to 20% in recent years. Organic milk is so profitable -- with wholesale prices more than double that of conventional milk -- that Lyle "Spud" Edwards of Westfield, Vt., was able to halve his herd, to 25 cows, this summer and still make a living, despite a 15% drop in yields since switching to organic four years ago. "There's a lot more paperwork, but it's worth it," says Edwards, who supplies milk to Stonyfield...But success has brought home the problems of trying to feed the masses in an industry where supplies can be volatile. Everyone from Wal-Mart to Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST ) is feeling the pinch. Earlier this year, Earthbound Farm, a California producer of organic salads, fruit, and vegetables owned by Natural Selection Foods, cut off its sliced-apple product to Costco because supply dried up -- even though Earthbound looked as far afield as New Zealand. "The concept of running out of apples is foreign to these people," says Earthbound co-founder Myra Goodman, whose company recalled bagged spinach in the wake of the recent E. coli outbreak. "When you're sourcing conventional produce, it's a matter of the best product at the best price."

Inconsistency is a hallmark of organic food. Variations in animal diet, local conditions, and preparation make food taste different from batch to batch.
food  organic  local  globalization  Wal-Mart  supermarkets  grocery  Danone  yogurt  Stonyfield  dairy  myths  variability 
june 2012 by jerryking
Federal government cloud adoption will triple by 2013, report says
By Jon Brodkin, Network World
April 30, 2009

The INPUT report divides cloud computing into three general areas: Web-based applications (software-as-a-service), storage and computing (infrastructure-as-a-service), and application development (platform-as-a-service).

Software-as-a-service is driving adoption of cloud computing within government agencies. For example, state and local government spending on software-as-a-service will grow from $170 million in 2008 to $635 million in 2013, according to INPUT.

It’s already common for government to use cloud-based e-mail, payroll, Web conferencing and sales applications, Peterson say
SaaS  cloud_computing  spending  local  government 
may 2012 by jerryking
Brand Ambition
March 2012 | Progressive Grocer | Jennifer Strailey
supermarkets  grocery  branding  farming  agriculture  fruits  vegetables  local  locavore  QR 
may 2012 by jerryking
Start-Ups Look for Shortcut From Farm to Table -

Start-Ups Look for a Shortcut From Farm to Table
start_ups  farming  food  local  locavore  Farmigo  Jessica_E._Vascellaro  agriculture  agribusiness 
january 2012 by jerryking
Emerging Opportunities for Local Food in U.S. Consumer Markets
August 2008 | | by Debra Tropp, Chief
Farmers Market and Direct Marketing Research Branch
Marketing Services Division
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
local  farmers'_markets  USDA  food 
december 2011 by jerryking
Companies close to home need your help
Nov. 2, 2011 | The Financial Times p12.| Luke Johnson.

Two recent books, independently published on either side of the Atlantic, have each drawn parallels between the "slow food" movement and the idea of investing locally. The slow food concept was pioneered in Italy in 1986, to champion small-scale producers and regional ingredients, as a backlash against global fast-food operators such as McDonald's. Now this philosophy is being extended to the financial sector.

The British title is Slow Finance: why investment miles matter by Gervais Williams,
The US book is Locavesting: the revolution in local investing and how to profit from it , by Amy Cortese.

the City of London is largely failing as a provider of capital for British business. The new-issue market for domestic companies has almost disappeared in recent years - all the activity is in trading second-hand shares and floating overseas companies like mining concerns from Africa or Russia. So if mainstream investing institutions such as pension funds are not backing British enterprise, then individuals should look to channel their savings directly into local ventures. For just as a society that won't reproduce commits a form of suicide, so if we fail to invest in our own industries, then we face inevitable economic decline.
local  locavore  investing  books  crowd_funding  Luke_Johnson  microproducers  slow_food  backlash  investors  economic_decline  London  small-scale  finance  funding  fin-tech  decline 
november 2011 by jerryking
GoGoNews aims to be the go-to site for kids - The Globe and Mail
gayle macdonald
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010

Aimed at children aged 5 to 12, the site is updated 24 hours a day, seven days a week by Ms. Khosrowshahi and Ms. Mulroney Lapham from their office in midtown Toronto.

GoGoNews is sassy and easy to navigate, with the stories kept short and written in language that children can easily understand. Recent postings include the quarterly earnings of McDonald’s, a Toronto Maple Leafs upset victory, a story on an Arabian mare who paints, and one on Japan’s newest police dog, a seven-pound Chihuahua named Momo. ...The site is currently free of charge, but Ms. Khosrowshahi says they plan to start selling subscriptions to schools in the New Year to generate revenue.
websites  children  business_models  schools  content  local 
october 2011 by jerryking
Google Adds Local Business Search Feature -
OCTOBER 28, 2010 | WSJ | By AMIR EFRATI. Google Plays Up Local Advertising
Google  local_advertising  search  seo  local 
april 2011 by jerryking
The Future of Manufacturing is Local -
March 27, 2011 | | By ALLISON ARIEFF. Mark Dwight, CEO of
Rickshaw Bagworks, initially started SFMade with the intention of
creating a brand identity for the products produced within San Francisco
city limits, something he calls “geographic ingredient branding.” More
easily understood as something akin to terroir, geographic ingredient
branding emphasizes “pride of place,” which runs deep in cities like San
Francisco and New York. “I saw this as a way to ‘brand’ the history,
culture, personality and natural beauty of our city as a means to
uniquely differentiate our local manufacturers,” says Dwight. “I coined
the term ‘geographic ingredient branding’ as an emulation of successful
technology ingredient branding campaigns such as ‘Intel Inside.’”
manufacturers  local  future  economy  hyperlocal  San_Francisco  branding  cities  geography  pride  geographic_ingredient_branding  brand_identity 
march 2011 by jerryking
American Dream is Changing | Nye - Gateway to Nevada's Rurals
Oct. 31, 2010 | Nye Gateway | by Fareed Zakaria. What can
you do to make yourself thrive in this new global economy? (1) Be
unique. Try to do something that is a specialized craft or art,
something that is as much art as craft, something that feels more like
artisanship than routine work, things that are custom & custom-made
still survive. (2) Go local. Do something that can’t be outsourced,
jobs involving personal face-to-face contact will never go to India. (3)
Be indispensable. Can everyone become indispensable? Well, no, but if
you learn a difficult craft and are good at it, if you can collaborate
well, synthesize well, put things together, work with others and work
well across countries and cultures, you will have a leg-up. (4) Learn a
foreign language (e.g. Spanish or Mandarin or Hindi). (5) Excel at
mathematics, able to manipulate data, algorithms, symbols, graphs,
balance sheets and all of these skills are the essential skills for a
knowledge-based economy.
Fareed_Zakaria  21st._century  ksfs  indispensable  specialization  local  languages  mathematics  organizing_data  advice  new_graduates  artisan_hobbies_&_crafts  bespoke  quantitative  global_economy  digital_economy  knowledge_economy  the_American_dream  in-person  face2face  uniqueness 
october 2010 by jerryking
Wal-Mart Plans Drive to Buy More Locally Grown Produce -
October 14, 2010 | By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD. Wal-Mart Stores
announced a program on Thursday that would focus on sustainable agriculture among its suppliers, as it tries to expand its efforts to improve environmental efficiency among its suppliers. The program is intended to put more locally grown food in Wal-Mart stores in the U.S., invest in training and infrastructure for small and medium-size farmers, particularly in emerging markets, and begin to measure the efficiency of large suppliers in growing and getting their produce to market.

Given that Wal-Mart is the world’s largest grocer, with one of the
biggest supply chains, any changes that it makes would have wide
Wal-Mart  sustainability  local  farming  locavore  supply_chains  SMEs  food  food_crops  measurements 
october 2010 by jerryking
No Free Locavore Lunch
SEPTEMBER 25, 2010 | | By VIRGINIA POSTREL. Patronizing
local farmers who produce in small batches tends to cost more. You may
find some peak-season bargains at the farmers' market, but there's no
such thing as a free locavore lunch. Getting fruits and vegetables only
from local farms necessarily limits variety—few crops are available
everywhere all the time—and it doesn't come cheap. Economies of scale
apply even to produce.
Michael_Pollan  locavore  local  economies_of_scale  fresh_produce 
september 2010 by jerryking
Research post: local search - Yelp [Archive]
05-04-08 | Studentwebstuff Forums | by CCambronne. According
to an article by Jeffrey M. O’Brien, in Fortune (July
2007), Yelp is effecting a business paradigm shift. The site has had a
major impact on Christopher Hall, the owner of Splitends, a hair salon
in Orange County, California. Ever since one of his clients wrote about
his business in, Hall has described his business as having a “logroll” of new
clients. To illustrate the difference between his traditional
advertising and Yelp, Hall points out that he had taken out 10 ads in
the local weekly over the year and received maybe one call, after Anita
Lau a prolific reviewer on Yelp gave him five stars, he gets between 5
and 15 calls a day from yelpers who in turn write more reviews.
Describing Yelp, Hill says, “It’s its own little biosphere. It feeds
itself.” (O’Brien)
Yelp  competitive_landscape  local_advertising  search  local  City_Voice 
july 2010 by jerryking
Yelp's ambitious plan to take over the local ad market
July 23, 2007 | Fortune | By Jeffrey M. O'Brien. The name
"Yelp" comes from a friend of the founders who liked the word. It also a
contraction of "yellow pages," and reveals the company's ambitions: a
land grab on the $100 billion that's spent every year on local
advertising. "There's an information shortage about local businesses,"
says co-founder & CEO Jeremy Stoppelman. "the yellow pages tell you
how much money a business spent to buy a big ad. We're a place for a
conversation between a prospect and the business owner." Local search
strategies: the directory model, which involves a massive sales force
upselling business owners to ever bigger, flashier ads; the Citysearch
tactic of creating proprietary content and selling ads against it;
there's the search-engine route of crawling everyone else's content and
automating the ad sales. Yelp is different: crowd-sourcing. While Zagat
compiles anonymous user reviews, Yelpers fully express their feelings
and make names for themselves.
Yelp  local_advertising  City_Voice  business_models  strategies  search  local  Zagat  information_gaps  crowdsourcing 
july 2010 by jerryking
Autobytel Inc.; Autobytel Debuts Innovative, Cost-Effective Local Marketing Opportunity for Nation's Dealers
Anonymous. Journal of Transportation. Atlanta: Feb 25, 2008.
pg. 16. How LocalConnect Works

For new vehicle dealers, the ads displaying special offers (updated
weekly) are exclusive to each dealership brand in the consumer's area
and are targeted to appear at relevant points during consumer research
activity. For example, if a consumer is researching the brand the dealer
carries, the local dealership's marketing messages and an 800 number
that dials directly into the dealership will automatically appear,
together with the opportunity to click through to view special offers as
well as customized video demonstrations and slideshows spotlighting
specific dealer inventory. Each ad's effectiveness is tracked with
detailed activity reports including amount of time spent viewing the ad,
click-throughs, emails and phone calls with playback.
ProQuest  online_advertising  websites  marketing  market_opportunities  City_Voice  classified_ads  second_hand  shopping  retention  local 
july 2010 by jerryking
Local Advertising Isn't Jumping Online - BusinessWeek
Valley Girl February 17, 2009, 12:01AM EST text size: TT
Local Advertising Isn't Jumping Online
As the newspaper industry crumbles, online sites figured they'd cash in
on local advertising. But "local" doesn't mean much online

By Sarah Lacy
local  local_advertising 
july 2010 by jerryking
MediaPost Publications The Bottom Line Of Local Search 06/09/2009
The Bottom Line Of Local Search
by Laurie Sullivan, Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 7:00 AM
local_advertising  search  advertising  local  online  Pat_Condon 
july 2010 by jerryking
Make Disaster Relief Sustainable - Ideas Special Report
Jul 6 2010 | The Atlantic | J.J. Gould. What if being
overweight in "local" means using workers who are ill-equipped for the
task at hand which slows the overall recovery effort?
disasters  relief_recovery_reconstruction  sustainability  local 
july 2010 by jerryking
Cloud computing for lean local governments
May. 12, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | by Shawna Richer.

BasicGov sells software as a service (SaaS) and manages the business of running a community by writing software that resides on the Internet. Today 33 communities - 31 in the United States and two in Canada, Dryden, Ont., and Red Deer, Alta. - have signed on.

Governments lease access to the servers and software - up to five modules covering permits, planning, enforcement, inspections and licences, and a public portal. One user with one module pays $119 per month. Bulk pricing is available for larger clients.

Cloud computing is the future, and everyone from Apple to Google to Microsoft is betting that mainframe servers and physical software will eventually become a thing of the past.

The cloud is the Internet and users can access software that is stored on remote servers around the world on demand. Gmail is a common form of cloud computing.
cloud_computing  municipalities  local  SaaS  austerity  cutbacks  cities  Salesforce 
june 2010 by jerryking
AlterNet: Are We on the Brink of a New Deal for Local Economies?
April 30, 2010 | YES! Magazine | By Stacy Mitchell. "...While
signs abound that people are rediscovering the benefits of an economy
rooted in community and small-scale enterprise, all of this activity,
though widespread, is still quite modest. It exists largely on the
margins and is unlikely to coalesce into a wholesale reorganization of
our economy unless we change the rules. "
local  economic_development  farmers'_markets  community  small_business 
may 2010 by jerryking
The Color of Money - The Future of the City
May 14 2010 | The Atlantic Monthly | by Jennifer Ward Barber.
currencies  insurance  local  cities 
may 2010 by jerryking
U.S. Cities Seek to Woo Chinese Investment -
APRIL 6, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | by By KATHY CHEN.
Officials See a Boon for Local Economies in Growing Number of
Entrepreneurs Dipping a Toe in American Market.
cities  China  economic_development  Toronto  local 
april 2010 by jerryking
Small Business Strategies: Three Best Ways to Win Community Support -
OCTOBER 29, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by MAUREEN SCARPELLI.
Identifies resources (e.g. the nonprofit Institute of Local Self
Reliance based in Washington, D.C.;
small_business  local  community  BIAs  5_Blocks_Out 
november 2009 by jerryking
Food Truck Nation
JUNE 5, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | By KATY MCLAUGHLIN. A
growing fleet of vehicles around the U.S. is serving high-end, gourmet
fare (e.g. locally sourced lamb and grilled sweetbreads with sherry) and
changing the lunchtime landscape. Includes recipes for: (1) Pico de
Gallo; and (2), Guacamole.
recipes  entrepreneur  mobile  vending  food_trucks  local  food  gourmet  Katy_McLaughlin 
june 2009 by jerryking
Local Economies Seek Own Revival -
MARCH 11, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by STEPHANIE SIMON and LESLIE EATON
local  economic_development  economic_stimulus  cities  infrastructure  toronto 
april 2009 by jerryking
Cultivating Local Needs For Business Profit - Search Engine Guide Blog
March 27, 2009 blog post by Miriam Ellis

observation is the key skill you need to succeed with a local-focused
business, and with the promotional tools the web provides, there has
never been a better time to begin cultivating local needs for the
benefit of your community and your business.
local  business  observations  opportunities 
april 2009 by jerryking
Local, hyperlocal, and beyond | Frontier Economy
> SYSTEMIC DISRUPTIONS Local, hyperlocal, and beyond

Among the already established but still rapidly growing models to
respond to those needs are localized ads (of which Craiglist is perhaps
the classic example), social networking sites geared to certain
locations, hyperlocal news focused on a single town or neighborhood, and
repositories of information (for example Google Maps) that allow
linking up information with very specific places.
hyperlocal  geolocation  local 
april 2009 by jerryking
Peggy Noonan: Dynamism Isn't Dead -
FEBRUARY 20, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by PEGGY NOONAN

Remembering the Dawn of the Age of Abundance: Times are hard, but dynamism isn't dead.
local  crisis  innovation  entrepreneurship  future  hard_times  inspiration  collapse-anxiety  cultural_change  regeneration_&_recovery  Peggy_Noonan  economic_dynamism 
february 2009 by jerryking
Local Web-Ad Market Cools Down -
FEBRUARY 17, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by EMILY STEEL.
Article on the local advertising market and how it's being impacted by
the recession.
Emily_Steel  small_business  local  local_advertising  Web_advertising  Internet_advertising  online_advertising 
february 2009 by jerryking
Toronto's Local-Food Procurement Policy - Walking the Talk...One Step at a Time | Toronto Environmental Alliance
December 12, 2008 by Steven Biggs. In October, the City of
Toronto approved a pilot buy-local food policy that will take effect in
2009. The greatest challenge is that the opportunities presented by
local food could potentially become a lightning rod for differences in
ideology, as local food policiesmean that themunicipal government is
sticking its finger in the marketplace.
Toronto  local  food  procurement 
february 2009 by jerryking
Guest Speaker: Neglecting Success - Business Growth - InnerCity Entrepreneurs - Community Development Corporation
November 2006 Inc. Magazine by Andrew Wolk, co-founder of
InnerCity Entrepreneurs and founder and president of Root Cause, a
strategy consulting firm. The time has come to focus more resources on
building existing businesses. To accomplish this, we have to persuade
those who control the flow of precious economic development resources of
the value of existing small businesses.
economic_development  local  Toronto  start_ups  entrepreneurship  size  small_business 
february 2009 by jerryking - When layoffs hit, ad community takes care of its own
January 31, 2009 | G&M | by TENILLE BONOGUORE. Her series,
'The personal economy', is a series that looks at people in the Toronto
region coping with the economic downturn.
layoffs  solutions  Toronto  local  economic_development  crisis  advertising_agencies  personal_economy  community-based 
february 2009 by jerryking
How Can Gov 2.0 Promote Local Economic Development?
January 28, 2009 by blog post by adrielhampton. Premised on the
belief that one of the perfect uses of social media and Web 2.0-style
collaboration in local government is in economic development.
business  government_2.0  gov_2.0  local  economic_development 
january 2009 by jerryking
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