Helping Communities & Local Independent Businesses Thrive
Launch of New Website: overview of new tools and features
We are thrilled to announce an entirely new AMIBA.net that’s fully mobile-friendly and features several new tools requested by readers like you. Check it out and let us know what you think!...
Championing Local Business in Wisconsin's Capital Region
The latest in our series profiling Independent Business Alliances features the stellar work of Dane Buy Local in the Capital Region of Wisconsin....
New Collection of Facebook-Optimized Banners Helps Promote Top Reasons to Do Business Locally
Our top reasons to go local have circulated everywhere on posters and web graphics. Now they’re offered as banners to spread word on your social media pages....
New Tools to Help Your Business Group Partner with Community Banks, Credit Unions
Community Financial Institutions are key partners for successful local business coalitions, and we’re eager to help groups establish effective partnerships while shifting more bank accounts to local CFIs. Our newest resource page includes a “plug-and-play” tool to make this easy and examples from some successful initiatives....
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