Helping Communities & Local Independent Businesses Thrive


Strength in Numbers, July Edition

Our latest newsletter rounds up highlights of local successes, national news impacting independent business and new resources offered by AMIBA.

Interview with Jill Castilla: Community Banker and Local Economy Leader

The CEO of Citizens Bank of Edmond (OK) explains how she is energizing and innovating the community banking industry using social media, employing new technology and increasing community involvement, including bank-supported cash mobs.

13 Tips for Effective Cash Mobs

We interviewed cash mob organizers in a variety of communities and compiled the most widely applicable tips to help you stage a successful event.



AMIBA Introduces a New Tool to Help You Spread the Pro-Local Message

We've made it easy for any business, group or individual to spread the "buy independent and local" message at almost no cost with self-inking stamps to imprint paper currency or checks. Two different stamps are available. See ideas on effective use and FAQs or order yours here.




Guide to Developing Effective Buy Local Campaigns Updated with 2014 Data, Now Free Upon Request

The latest nationwide survey by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance showed independent business in communities with Independent Business Alliances saw revenues grow 7.0% in 2013, tripling the 2.3% increase for those in areas without such initiatives. 

Learn the key element of successful campaigns in our 12 page primer, now offered free upon request, thanks to underwriting from American Express. Look for a Spanish version later this month!

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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.

Because Community Matters

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.



These double-sided window
decals and additional pro-local
materials available
 from AMIBA.


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 80 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 three realms of IBA work. You'll love what an IBA can do for your business or community!


The American Independent Business Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. Learn more. *Independent Business Alliance is a registered mark of the AMIBA and is reserved for exclusive use by AMIBA's affiliates. 


 Thanks to AMIBA's 
sponsors, donors and volunteers!