Helping Communities & Local Independent Businesses Thrive





Owning an Independent Business Came Naturally, as Did Starting an Independent Business Alliance


An interview with Michael Kanter of Cambridge Naturals and co-founder of Cambridge Local First




Why Buying Green Means Buying Local


From where they source to how we get there, local independent businesses usually are the greener choice for our shopping, dining and other purchasing choices.

Learn some of the reasons, along with resources to explore further!


New Poster Series Helps You Easily Spread the Pro-indie Vibe in Your Business or Community!


We recently sold out of our popular "Why Buy Local?" posters and gave the series a major makeover. See all four new designs here.

See also our rotating website plug-ins with many of the top ten reasons to do business locally -- they're free!




Strength in Numbers, September Edition


Learn about two free upcoming webinars, tools to deliver the pro-local message for the holidays, a community that stopped its local bank from selling out to Wall Street and a wealth of news from local business advocacy groups.







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!