StayLocal - Reports and Studies
Reports and Studies

StayLocal partners with our parent organization the Urban Conservancy to research and publish reports on place-based economics. Check out some of our most impactful pieces of work below!


New Orleans Independent Business Trends (2014 + 2015 + 2016) - 
The success of the independent business community is vital for New Orleans’ economic future, as well as its sense of community, character and place. This annual report gives a snapshot of how our independents are faring, and arms us with insight on how best to foster a thriving independent business sector.

Report: How Amazon’s Tightening Grip on the Economy Is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities (2016)Amazon captures nearly one in every two dollars that Americans spend online. But Amazon is far more than a big, aggressive retailer. This report by The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), a national nonprofit research and educational organization, aims to pull back Amazon’s cloak of invisibility. It presents new data; draws on interviews with dozens of manufacturers, retailers, and others; and synthesizes a broad body of previous reporting and scholarship.

The Power of Local: 3 Reasons to Rethink Your Amazon Account (2017) -  It seems like you can buy anything online these days, but there are some things Amazon cannot deliver. Independent businesses beat Amazon in job creation, economic impact, and diversity.  “Shop Local” is a common phrase, but few grasp small businesses' massive on our economy.  Get the facts about the power of local, and learn why independent businesses are crucial to our community’s success. See the presentation or skim the fact sheet.
New Orleans Business Continuity Guide In 2016, the City Planning Commission published the New Orleans Business Continuity Guide as part of its Main Street Resilience Plan. The purpose of this guide is to familiarize New Orleans businesses with available resources that can help them assess their disaster risk and prepare for the unexpected. StayLocal is one of the authors of this guide and you'll recognize a lot of friends of SL among the case studies. You can read about real life solutions to major business disruptions devised by some of New Orleans’ most resilient business owners starting on page 18.

How Rising Commercial Rents Are Threatening Independent Businesses, and What Cities Are Doing About It (2016)ILSR’s new report examines how high rents are shuttering businesses and stunting entrepreneurship, and explores 6 strategies that cities are using to create an affordable built environment where local businesses can thrive. 
Magazine Street Report (2014) Throughout 2013, StayLocal received reports from member businesses along Magazine Street about a tide of unaffordable rent increases occurring along the corridor, coinciding with an increased interest in Magazine Street from national chains. In response to these reports, StayLocal surveyed Magazine Street independent business owners to assess the pervasiveness of this trend.
Thinking Outside the Box (2009) - This study was undertaken to provide the people and policy makers of New Orleans with tangible economic guidance in choosing between strategies to restore commercial services to the entire city.
Business Summit Report (2007) - On January 12 and 13, 2007 StayLocal hosted a Business Recovery Summit to bring together local businesses and advocacy organizations to stimulate new dialogue and develop a foundation for new partnerships to catalyze business recovery in New Orleans. This report is a summary of our findings.

Find a Business
Stay Informed
Stay In Touch
Sign-up to receive news updates
and event alerts.

1307 OC Haley Blvd, Suite 309
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 252-1259

Independent business? You’re not alone.