American Independent Business Alliance

Helping Communities & Local Independent Businesses Thrive

Strength in Numbers, November Edition


For more holiday-themed graphics, see For data and details on how buying local generates community wealth, see our local multiplier effect page.

Learn how the SEC’s crowdfunding ruling will impact small businesses, see a new report on building community wealth, learn how minimum advertised pricing can help both indie retailers and manufacturers, and see an array of new holiday-themed graphics to help spread the pro-local message.

These and more in the latest issue of our monthly newsletter, Strength in Numbers.



Because Community Matters

Think of your favorite shop, restaurant, farm or service provider. We’ll bet it’s a homegrown business. Independent locally-owned businesses are essential to a vital local economy and community character. They’re where the locals go. They’re owned by our friends and neighbors, or maybe even by you. Community-serving businesses are the backbone of local economies, civic life, local charities, and wealth creation for millions of citizens, as well as a training ground for future generations of entrepreneurs.

Problem: Today, independent businesses face unprecedented competition from larger chain competitors, internet merchants and franchises that enjoy national or international branding power and major economies of scale. As a result, community-based businesses comprise a smaller portion of our economy than ever before. We’ll lose much more than places to shop, dine or do business if we allow current trends to continue.

A Proven Solution: Many cities and towns have discovered a model, pioneered by the staff of the American Independent Business Alliance, to counter these trends successfully and help local entrepreneurs thrive. More than 85 communities in North America now boast Independent Business Alliances* to unite independent businesses across all sectors, along with concerned citizens to build vibrant, durable local economies.

AMIBA can help you use our models to implement an effective buy local campaign or IBA, pass pro-local policies, and more. There truly is strength in numbers. Learn more about benefits of AMIBA affiliation or the four realms of IBA work. You’ll love what an IBA can do for your business or community!

Joining AMIBA has been one of the best investments that we have ever made… Your knowledge on how to help us build the right partnerships is invaluable.

Ingrid Ault

Executive Director, Think Local First Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor, MI

New Affiliates

Falmouth Independent Business Alliance
Falmouth, ME

Go Local Hudson Valley – ReThink Local
Beacon, NY

Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce
Brainerd, MN

Columbia County Buy Local
Columbia County, OR

Independent Business Alliances

Total Member Businesses

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