American Independent Business Alliance

Local Government & Economic Development Wish List

  • Local First Utah created this 2-page “manifesto” (pdf) to inform local government officials and the public of their dreams for inserting local independent business into economic development discussion and making their case for doing so.  These ideals are well conceived and realistic, not over the top!

Local Business Conference

Building on their Local Business Manifesto, (above) Austin IBA hosted their First Annual Local Business Conference in October 2013. The conference engaged local business owners to take a collective leadership role in the future of Austin’s local business economy. The half-day event called on the wisdom, experience and ideas of more numerous local business owners who created a detailed plan for improving the climate for local business in Austin. The plan was organized by priority as determined by the conference participants. Also, a Leadership Circle of ten local business owners was selected to steer the process for the next year. In October 2014, AIBA will host the Second Annual Local Business Conference to assess progress on the 2013 goals and set the goals for the following year. Resources:
  • Local Business Conference Packet (pdf) – includes summary, agenda, application for volunteers to join AIBA’s Leadership Circle and a “thank you” message.
  •  Goals – a list of goals for the City of Austin, AMIBA and Local Businesses as determined by conference attendees
“This is THE best thing we’ve ever done for [member] engagement!” — Rebecca Melancon, AIBA Executive Director

Economic Development Initiatives

Neighborhood-based Economic Development The  Louisville IBA hosted a conference call to discuss targeted economic development based on specific neighborhoods. The presenters shared their knowledge and offered insight based on the current program within their respective communities being supported by each IBA. MP3 Recording (52 min) Details and notes from the call (doc) Presenters: Rebecca Melancon (Austin IBA): organizing IBIZ Districts, including managing, criteria and development of independent businesses within time. Duane Trythall (Keep It Querque, NM): projects helping immigrants in the International Zone become self-sustaining entrepreneurs, including a food truck initiative. Nan Seymour (Local First Utah): explanation of a project focused on building a stronger economy in Wayne County by promoting locally owned startups and the expansion of local businesses through microlending and improved access to other financial resources. Dana Eness (Stay Local, New Orleans, LA): supporting and growing specific neighborhoods by producing neighborhood-specific guides mapping the location of local businesses.

Political Platform & Determining Policy Issues

  • See AMIBA’s resource on Determining Policy Issues to help your organization make wise choices
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    Cleveland Heights City Council members display their local business t-shirts — given to them by the Heights IBA

Seize Election Year Opportunity

One easy inroad to gaining the ear of city council and other local elected officials and developing relationships for the future is during campaign time when candidates want their views heard. See ideas about ways your IBA can seize opportunity in an election year as a teachable moment in public education and place an important constituency — the independent business community — on candidates’ radar screen.
  • Portland Buy Local (ME) surveyed their City Council candidates to find out their opinions about locally-owned and independent businesses, and their vision for the future of these businesses in the city of Portland.
“We… highly recommend the exercise — it helps clarify candidate’s positions really well!” — Kristin Smith, President, Portland Buy Local
PBL Councilor Questionnaire PBL posted the responses on this page

Communication with Government

  • Metro IBA sent a letter to the Governor seeking a repeal of the sales tax on repairs to businesses that went into effect on July 1, 2013 during a special session that might be called. The letter was also delivered to the Speaker of the House, Senate Majority Leader and Commissioner of Revenue.
  • Based on the wish list generated from their Local Business Conference (above), the Austin IBA sent this proposal to the City of Austin for a small business liaison to represent independent business owners.
Welcome to Member Resources
AMIBA Overview
Renew Your AMIBA Affiliation
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AMIBA Programs for Affiliates
New Tools: Database/Communications Package and Website Template
501c6 Group Exemption Program
AMIBA 501(c)(6) Group Exemption Program FAQs
501c3 or 501c6 Status: Which Should We Choose?
How to Complete Your 990N Postcard
Instructions for completing the IRS Schedule C
Maintaining Your Status in AMIBA's 501c6 Exempt Group
Resources for Tax-exempt Groups
Fiscal Sponsorship Program Info and Resources
Fiscal Sponsorship Program Guidelines
How to Handle Funds You Receive
The Flow of Funds -- What to Expect and Do with Funds Raised in AMIBA's Fiscal Sponsorship Program
Membership Recruitment and Retention
Sample Member Recruitment Page for Indie Business Coalitions
The Value of Surveying Your Business Members
Automated Dues Payments
Setting up an Electronic Funds Transfer for Member Dues Collection
Business Membership Dues
Citizen Membership Dues
Community Organization Membership
Ideas for Engaging Community Organizations
Dues Collection Information & Suggestions
Member Recruitment
Engaging Member Businesses in Member Recruitment
Member Welcome Kit
Membership Brochures
Recommendations for Dealing with Franchises, Co-ops & Recruitment Grey Areas
Should Franchises Be Part of "Buy Local" Initiatives?
Sample Statement on Dealing with Local Franchises
Automotive Dealerships
Co-ops
Gas Stations
Who Sells Motor Fuels in the United States?
IBA Program & Project Ideas
B2B Shift Your Spending Challenge
B2B Shift Challenge – Milwaukee Form
B2B Shift Challenge – Milwaukee Announcement to Businesses
Buy Independent, Buy Local Campaign
Sponsorship Outline — Shift Happens Campaign
Community Benefit Card Press Release Example
Farm to Restaurant Program
Farm to Restaurant Program Overview
Farm to Restaurant Program Graphics
Farm to Restaurant Program Funding Proposal
Local Business Bingo – Raleigh, NC
Portland "Eat Local" Map / Directory
Rapid Response Team — a Tangible Member Benefit
Time Capsule Book
Public Education & Media
AMIBA's Tips for Effective Presentations
Tips for Successful Facebook Posts and Facebook Closed Group Contributions
Corvallis IBA "Welcome Dollars" Program
Engaging Young People
Enticing Community Newcomers to Buy Local
Hashtags Come to Facebook! #SoWhat?
Media Resources
Press Release Example – Holiday, Including Shift Your Shopping and Small Business Saturday
Press Release Example: Decrying Amazon-UW Partnership
Letter and Op-Ed Examples
Don't Forget Portland's Locally-Owned Businesses
Letter Example — Big Box Not in Community Character
Letter example: Community not hostile to business, just subsidies given to national retailers
Letter to Editor Example – Humboldt
Letter to Editor Example – Raleigh
Op-Ed: Portland Buy Local
Making the Most of an Editorial Board Meeting
Op-Ed Outline and Lead Tips
Op-Ed and Persuasive Writing Tips
Press Release Example: Positive Outlook
Press Release Example Spun for Holiday/Year End Launch
Press Release: General Example
Press Release Template
Public Service Announcement Examples
Tips on Effective Letters to the Editor
TV Ad Examples
Tips and Resources for Outreach with Video
Videos from Independent Businesses
Why Support Locally Owned Businesses
Why Support Locally Owned Businesses – Portland Buy Local
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AMIBA Member Web Stickers
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