Strength in Numbers -- July 2011 Newsletter
Independent Business Alliances in Action
Jobs and Internships Building Vibrant Local Economies
Is This Fresh Food? Not according to the USDA.
Notable News on Indie Business
Why is Michelle Obama Promoting Walmart?
More Chains in Trouble / Opportunities for Indies
The American Booksellers Association offers great ideas on how independent businesses might gain new business in Borders' wake (many of which apply to other business sectors). Meanwhile, 30% of Quiznos outlets have closed since the chain's peak and the corporation may soon default on loans, according to the Wall St. Journal.
Sales Tax Fairness Battle Escalates
Local Procurement and Policy
Via the New Rules Project: a recent study in metro St. Louis analyzed $5.8 billion in public tax subsidies for commercial development over the past two decades, about 80 percent which underwrote the construction of big-box stores and shopping malls (mostly in affluent suburbs). Despite these massive subsidies, virtually no economic growth occurred in the region. Perhaps investing in entrepreneurial training and community-rooted entreprise is worth a try next time?
News of the Weird
Welcome New AMIBA Affiliates
AMIBA welcomes the newly-formed New Albany First! (Indiana) and the established Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston to the team.
News for Business Owners
More on Google+
Are You Monitoring the Wrong People with Your Security?
Are Your Prices Right?
"Made in the USA" Resonates Differently with Sexes
Last Call for Video Submissions
Free Storefront Decals with Any Poster Set!
We typically see a mid-summer lull, followed by a surge of orders for our outreach materials in early fall. This year, we're providing newsletter readers a great incentive to spread out our workload! Through the end of August, you'll get two free storefront decals with every set of "Why Buy Local" posters. The five-poster series frequently generates contacts for businesses that lead to pro-local organizing. See them both or place your order here.
New Additions to Member Resources
These web pages are accessible only to affiliates (if you are a board member or volunteer with an affiliate, contact your leader for login). Please log in before clicking!
June Conference Call and Resources Posted
Corvallis IBA Scrip Program
AMIBA People: Jennifer Rockne
Over the next few newsletters, we'll be introducing you to some of the staff, board and other volunteers that make AMIBA work. Jennifer Rockne has served as AMIBA's Executive Director since our inception in 2001. She grew up in a rural Minnesota family with a multi-generational family business. Jennifer previously was the Outreach Director for the nation’s first Independent Business Alliance in Boulder, Colorado. Read more.
Go Local, Grow Local - Mark Your Calendars for the 2012 AMIBA Conference
It's a continent-wide sharing and learning fest! The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will host the 2012 conference at the beautiful Galt House in downtown Louisville, KY from March 29 - April 1, 2012. We'll publish session RFPs and sponsorship opportunities next month and now seek volunteers to help shape the conference agenda and make this the biggest and best gathering yet!
We'll be sure to include LIBA in a workshop to teach us how to put on events that attract 4,000 people and generate $22,000 in profit, as their 3rd annual microbrew festival did this month!