News from AMIBA - June 2012
American Express Opens Huge Opportunity for Pro-local Initiatives
As fifty-plus communities can attest, there's no better way to instigate a high-impact buy local campaign or push your existing group past a plateau than with a presentation or workshop in your own community. We're now excited to offer the chance to host a local event at greatly reduced cost, thanks to support from American Express OPEN.
The company is stepping up its support for independent business in a big way by underwriting presentations for up to 25 communities between now and May 2013. See scheduled events and planned visits to your region here, and contact us for details on available dates and costs (first come, first served).
American Express' partnership also provides for AMIBA to train many additional presenters/facilitators around the continent. This will greatly reduce travel costs for hosts and allow us to deploy trainers with background best matched for specific community circumstances. If you have helped lead a local business coalition for at least one year and would like to explore facilitating workshops, please contact us.
We appreciate American Express enabling the critical work that occurs one community at a time.
News from Local Alliances
Independents Week Action
San Juan Local First (NM) has done a great job of customizing AMIBA Independents Week templates for local outreach, including the poster shown below and the local business scavenger hunt (see more).
The Corvallis IBA is celebrating a packed Indie Week by launching their new t-shirt, hosting Indie Business Night at the Knights baseball game, and a Local Brunch using lots of locally-produced ingredients to cap it off.
Keep Saint Petersburg Local will bestow the title of St. Pete’s Greatest Local Lover for the leading patron of local indies over two weeks. The winner will receive over $3,500 in prizes from member businesses and many other prizes (perhaps some date proposals?).
Lexington Local First's Indie Week action includes a Think Local, Drink Local event July 3 at a local micro-brewery. Also on-hand: food trucks and t-shirts for sale.
Monadnock Buy Local is issuing the Indie Challenge among its activities for the week.
The Austin IBA, Local First Utah and New Albany First (IN) will attempt to outdo everyone by not settling for a mere Indpendents Week. They've planned the Summer of Independents. Austin will feature an "air conditioned scavenger hunt" to escape the Texas heat (see May 31 entry in AIBA's news feed for more).
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Indie Business News Briefs
Good News on Indie Bookstores...
Former Borders Employees Open Indie Bookstore in Capitola. Congratulations to all involved!
...But Amazon's Increasing Dominance Concerns All Retailers
Local Business is Hot!
The Problem with Too-Clean Food
New Tools from AMIBA
Resources Free to All
Making the Pro-local Message Visible
A request for advice on employee attraction and retention from a business magazine (to be published in Sept.) inspired us to create this chart (Word doc) to track up to 24 factors that influence your employees' inclination to stay with you, and track progress over time. Tell us what you think!
We recently updated our most popular article, The Benefits of Doing Business Locally, which has has been republished in dozens of newspapers and online outlets. We welcome you to localize it for your community as a co-signed article (no cost--contact us for latest text, graphics and permission).
Resources for AMIBA Affiliates
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Cash Mob Call Recording
June 28 Call Topic: Reaching Community Newcomers
We don't have all the answers on this one, but we'll discuss ideas and facilitate additional brainstorming. This topic was inspired by interest in a recent discussion in the LinkedIn group for indie business advocates.
Cultivating Active Members -- ideas for creating an organizational culture that entices your members to engage in the activity of your organization as a volunteer and participant.
Welcome Anna Hernandez!
Next time you call AMIBA, that new voice you may hear answering is Anna Hernandez, our Operations Manager. Anna also teaches and coordinates the Professional Coaching Clinic at the Montana State University College of Business. In addition to Anna's business background in media and human resources, she puts her interest in upcycling in motion through founding and coordinating the Human Empowered Arts Project in Bozeman and her own art.
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