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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.

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America’s Retail Champions

As part of NRF’s Retail Advocates Summit, small business retailers are recognized for their contribution to advocacy through the America’s Retail Champions reception and awards program. Learn more.


Retail on Mainstreet

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.

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Instagram Spotlight

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.

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Small Business Retail Council

The Small Business Retail Council (SBRC) represents and is responsive to the needs, concerns and interests of local shops, and provides NRF’s small business members a forum to discuss the most pressing public policy issues and priorities. Learn more and get involved.

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Small Business Saturday

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.

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Retail Industry Buying Guide

The Retail Industry Buying Guide is the industry's premier source for products and services used in retail operations. Published in the December issue of STORES, it indexes products by category and by company. Search for retail products and solutions.

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Overregulation: Burdening America's Small Retailers

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.

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Sales Tax Fairness

In a landmark decision that ends a quarter-century of unequal tax treatment, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states can require online sellers to collect sales tax the same as local stores. Learn more about the issue.

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Retail Across America

Follow NRF's Retail Across America road trip to find the most powerful retail stories across the United States, showing how retailers large and small are creating jobs, driving innovation and giving back to the communities they serve. Explore the stories.

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50 States, 50 Stories

Retailers across the United States are dedicated to their customers, their employees and their communities. Stories from each state shows the face of Retail Across America. See who’s featured from your state.

Retail's Impact
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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.