Ideas and Action from Local Alliances
The Importance of Routine Media Coverage
Of course, this applies to individual businesses as well. Familiarity breeds trust that in turn influences consumer decisions (often unconsciously). This is one reason local businesses benefit from their membership in a local IBA and can reap benefit from locals knowing your group's collective brand, even when they are not familiar with a specific business.
Remote Sales Tax Reform
After South Carolina denied a sales tax exemption to Amazon.com (see our April newsletter), critics said the state would be driving business away ("no one will even look at coming here for 10 years…" said one overwrought official). Try 10 days. A plan for a major new facility was promptly unveiled by Amy’s Kitchen, and Michelin announced a $200 million expansion that will add 270 jobs -- without tens of millions in subsidies demanded by Amazon (Walmart also announced plans for several more stores). Despite that, South Carolina apparently has reversed course and will grant Amazon an exemption after the corporation nearly doubled its promised new job count to 2,000, among other commitments.
Tapping Local Creativity
Alex (L) and Kelsey (R) with Kota, AMIBA's chief morale officer.
New at AMIBA
AMIBA Welcomes New Interns
May Additions to Member Resources
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The Results of 2010 Survey Are In!
New Affiliate Benefit
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New sample advertisements added to the ads collection. We aim to expand this collection dramatically, so we're asking every IBA : please send us your best examples to showcase!
Micro-Breweries Gain Market Share
Even if you're not a beer aficionado, it's worth toasting the news--microbreweries employ more people than mega-breweries and are far more likely to source ingredients from local farms and businesses.
Small Business Advocates Urge President to Sign Disclosure Order, Curb Political Influence in Contracting
Massachusetts Moves Its Money
National TV Ads for Small Businesses?
More Home Buyers Seeking Walkable Business Districts
Check Claims of "Buy Local" Marketers
New England Localization Advocates Gather June 3
Discuss localization issues, share ideas, ask questions
Those are some of the purposes of the LinkedIn group for indie business advocates. The most active discussion this week: Should corporations enjoy the same political speech rights as citizens? Visit the group and meet your peers!
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