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Strength in Numbers, February 2017

Strength in Numbers, February 2017

Underwriting for Local Presentations and Workshops Is Back: Bring an AMIBA Speaker to Town at Half the Normal Cost! AMIBA is thrilled to announce we again will be able to provide presentations, community trainings and board development workshops at minimal cost,...

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Strength in Numbers, December 2016

Strength in Numbers, December 2016

Tools to help small businesses enhance community safety and strength. Who speaks for independent business? Local Business groups get creative. Plus the best of 2016 news.

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Strength in Numbers, November 2016

Strength in Numbers, November 2016

November 2017 news includes breakthroughs on local investment, tools for local business to fight bigotry, holiday “buy local” tools, 2017 conference announcement & more.

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Strength in Numbers, October 2016

Strength in Numbers, October 2016

Citizens Filling Local Needs Through Shared Vision & Investment One of AMIBA's newest projects is helping communities support themselves and meet their own needs without dependence on outside developers. Community-owned businesses commonly form in rural areas...

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Strength in Numbers, September 2016

Strength in Numbers, September 2016

Wells Fargo Scandal Creates Opportunity for Local Business Advocates You've all heard the news of Wells Fargo Inc. creating incentives for employees to engage in illegal actions and punishing those who called attention to criminal activity within the company. The...

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Strength in Numbers, August 2016

Strength in Numbers, August 2016

Good News! Women -- Especially Women of Color -- Fueling Small Business Start-ups A recent report from American Express OPEN and Womenable reveals encouraging trends for entrepreneurship and small business. Women-owned firms increased by 45% over the past decade (well...

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Strength in Numbers, June-July 2016

Strength in Numbers, June-July 2016

Connect with Your Neighbors and Catalyze Local Action! Every year we receive hundreds of contacts -- including many beyond North America -- inquiring about local organizing to support independent businesses. We just plotted them all on this map so you can see if there...

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Strength in Numbers, April-May 2016

Strength in Numbers, April-May 2016

Corporate Subsidies on the Wane? Advocacy groups in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are the latest to urge politicians to stop bestowing gifts on large corporations. Work by these groups, national allies like Good Jobs First -- whose report on the topic we featured in our...

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Strength in Numbers, March 2016

Strength in Numbers, March 2016

NEW! “Love Local” Decals and Window Clings Our newest creation provides an effective and economical tool to engage residents as well as businesses. These new stickers (2.5″ x 9.25″) are offered in both adhesive and static cling vinyl options (ideal for windows of...

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Strength in Numbers, February 2016

Strength in Numbers, February 2016

February news: 2016 data shows “buy local” initiatives creating big shifts in local spending; independent businesses beating chains in customer satisfaction; local ownership helps stop “brain drain,” much more!

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Strength in Numbers, January 2016

Strength in Numbers, January 2016

Our January newsletter features a compelling new survey from the Consumers Union, provides many new resources to spread the “buy local” message and culls some of the best stories from the past month.

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Strength in Numbers, December 2015

Strength in Numbers, December 2015

New Survey: Banking With an Independent Provides Better Service and Lower Checking Fees See the summary of a new report from the Consumers Union and encouraging data showing community banks & credit unions gaining young customers. AMIBA Ally Wins Banker of the...

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Strength in Numbers, November 2015

Strength in Numbers, November 2015

News Briefs Celebrate Small This essay offers a more personal view on why small businesses matter. A great read for the week of Small Business Saturday! Cities Building Community Wealth The latest publication from our friends at the Democracy Collaborative has a...

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Strength in Numbers, October 2015

Strength in Numbers, October 2015

See Who's Looking to Organize a Pro-Local Business Initiative in Your Area! More than 2400 people have contacted AMIBA seeking information on organizing to support independent businesses and healthy communities or to request our primer on building effective buy local...

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Strength in Numbers, September 2015

Strength in Numbers, September 2015

Planning Now = Effective Holiday Events and Campaigns! What’s your event and promotional strategy for this season? While many of you have started preparing already, it's time to start if not. Planning ahead helps build engagement and more effective campaigns, so we...

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Strength in Numbers, June 2015

Strength in Numbers, June 2015

The latest issue of monthly newsletter reports on new crowdfunding developments, big box store tax dodges, saving big money on tax exempt status for local organizations, Independents Week and news from many local business coalitions.

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Strength in Numbers, May 2015

Strength in Numbers, May 2015

Our May newsletter covers a new multiplier effect study tracking home improvement spending, how cooperative grocers are improving food access in low-income neighborhoods, insights on the crucial role of community banking and more.

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Strength in Numbers, April 2015

Strength in Numbers, April 2015

Learn about the oldest form of crowdfunding, local business groups making an impact at City Hall, celebrations of local giving, graphics to promote indie bookstores and buying local for Mother’s Day, and a wide range of new tools offered by AMIBA!

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Strength in Numbers, March 2015

Strength in Numbers, March 2015

News Briefs New SEC Rule Allows Businesses to Raise Up to $50 Million Through Crowdfunding On March 25, the SEC approved final rules to implement Title IV of the JOBS Act, which will allow small businesses and start-ups to raise up to $50 million through crowdfunding....

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Strength in Numbers, February 2015

Strength in Numbers, February 2015

Survey Shows Big Revenue Gains for Businesses in Communities With Independent Business Alliances The 7th annual survey of business owners across the U.S. and Canada offers much good news for independents and again suggests the long-term educational work of Independent...

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Strength In Numbers, January 2015

Strength In Numbers, January 2015

Subscribe (free) via the form in right column. We do not share or sell email addresses.   Bring Some Love to Local Businesses North Americans will spend about $20 billion for Valentine’s Day this year and we want to help you drive more of that spending to local...

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Strength in Numbers, December 2014

Strength in Numbers, December 2014

A Happy Tail of Going Local An animal rescue group gets dropped by PetSmart, but a local business gives the story a happy ending. Nebraska Community Turns Lack of Grocery Store Into Opportunity Not only did Kilgore residents start their own store, they made it an...

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Strength In Numbers, November 2014

Strength In Numbers, November 2014

Subscribe (free) via the form in right column. We do not share or sell email addresses.   See All the Pro-Local / Shop Small Resources for the Holidays at a Glance! We know this is an exceptionally busy week for many of our readers, so we're keeping it short and...

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Strength in Numbers, October 2014

Strength in Numbers, October 2014

Broadening the Pro-Local Movement: AMIBA Materials Go Bilingual Independent Business Alliances and related pro-local business groups have spread to more than one hundred communities in the past decade and have built a strong record of success -- especially in shifting...

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Strength in Numbers, September 2014

Strength in Numbers, September 2014

New "Why Buy Local?" Posters! We recently sold out of our popular poster series and gave it a makeover with more eye-catching design and improved messaging. These make it easy for you to spread the pro-indie message at low cost, but with a professional...

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Strength in Numbers, July 2014

Strength in Numbers, July 2014

Luring Outside Businesses: the Opposite of Economic Development Offering incentives to absentee-owned corporations may actually yield fewer jobs than doing nothing. If more of your local tax dollars are being used for business attraction than nurturing homegrown...

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Strength in Numbers, June 2014

Strength in Numbers, June 2014

Time to Plan Your Independents Week! Independents Week is an annual celebration of independent business and entrepreneurism which provides a great "hook" to spark positive media coverage of indie business around the 4th of July (usually a slow news period)....

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Strength in Numbers, March 2014

Strength in Numbers, March 2014

News from Local Affiliates Since October 2013, the Mile High Business Alliance’s Neighborhood Catalyst crowdfunding program has hosted five local projects and helped three surpass their funding goals, raising over $13,000 for local projects. A project to connect...

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Strength in Numbers, February 2014 Conference Special

Strength in Numbers, February 2014 Conference Special

Be sure your email allows images to be displayed or click here for a web version. Bring Your Team to Minneapolis! Get Ideas, Energy and Tools to Build Your Alliance's Reach and Budget AMIBA's Go Local, Grow Local Conference is coming quickly and the conference agenda...

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Strength in Numbers, January 2014

Strength in Numbers, January 2014

Help Your Community "Go Local" for Valentine's Day We've expanded our library of holiday-themed outreach tools to offer this collection of ads you can use in print, on websites, in newsletters or your social media outlets. Note: AMIBA affiliates and print media...

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Strength in Numbers, December 2013

Strength in Numbers, December 2013

Last Call for Shaping 2014 Conference Agenda Thanks to all who've already offered input on our Go Local, Grow Local Conference (Minneapolis May 8-11, 2014). If you haven't yet, please take a few minutes to indicate your wishes via this brief survey and help us make...

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Strength in Numbers, November 2013

Strength in Numbers, November 2013

Put the Pro-Local Message in the Holiday Spotlight We're keeping this issue short to highlight the many immediate opportunities for holiday outreach. Look for the biggest issue of the year the week of December 9, with local success stories from Alliances across the...

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Strength in Numbers, October 2013

Strength in Numbers, October 2013

A Scary Tale for Family Funeral Homes The cover story of the latest Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports on the rapid growth of funeral home chain Service Corporation International (SCI). BusinessWeek's research on costs showed the chain's growth through acquisitions is...

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Strength in Numbers, September 2013

Strength in Numbers, September 2013

Indie Business News Guide to Effective Buy Local Campaigns Now Available as Free PDF In its first year of publication, more than 16,000 people requested or picked up a copy of our primer, “Building Buy Local Campaigns that Shift Culture and Spending.” Full of advice...

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Strength in Numbers, August 2013

Strength in Numbers, August 2013

Indie Business News & Reports from Affiliates Pro-Indie Ad-itude The Mile High Business Alliance recently launched a series of new posters and stickers circulated via member businesses, ranging from tame to edgy. "The stickers and posters are our way of helping...

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Strength in Numbers, July 2013

Strength in Numbers, July 2013

Indie Business News and Reports from AMIBA Affiliates Keep It Querque (Albuquerque, NM) is the latest organization to commission an economic impact study to quantify how much more money local independent businesses return to their local economy compared to chain...

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Strength in Numbers, June 2013

Strength in Numbers, June 2013

Spread the Pro-Local Message to All Who Pass Your Business! After people suggested we make window signs based on the cover of our guide to effective "buy local" campaigns, we complied. See the back side of these new static cling decals and get yours here! Also, you...

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Strength in Numbers, May 2013

Strength in Numbers, May 2013

News from Independent Business Alliances & AMIBA Dining Local Benefits Your Community as Well as Your Taste Buds! You've likely seen graphs showing the multiplier effect of buying from indie retailers, but dining with indie restaurants also plays a key role in...

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Strength in Numbers, March 2013

Strength in Numbers, March 2013

    New local investment ideas from IBAs
  • Start planning for Independents Week (July 1-7)
  • Marketplace Fairness Act introduced into Congress
  • AMIBA’s increased capacity to help local groups!
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Strength in Numbers, February 2013

Strength in Numbers, February 2013

News from Independent Business Alliances Sustain-a-Bull Durham assembled an attractive web banner and guide to distinctive offerings from member businesses to help drive customers to members for their Valentine's Day shopping. They also helped spread their bumper...

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Strength in Numbers, December 2012

Strength in Numbers, December 2012

Independent Business Alliances in the News More and more local Alliances are creating a needed political voice for independent businesses in their communities, as noted in several of these recent reports. The Mile High Business Alliance just hosted its first...

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Strength in Numbers, November 2012

Strength in Numbers, November 2012

October News Redux For our East Coast readers who were consumed by more immediate concerns at the time of publication, and for the 100+ people who subscribed in recent weeks (welcome!), our October newsletter offered information on a new studies, resources,...

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Strength in Numbers, October 2012

Strength in Numbers, October 2012

Multiple New Studies Reinforce the Economic Power of "Going Local" Las Vegas First, Local First Utah, Shop Local Raleigh and the Louisville IBA are among the local groups that commissioned studies by Civic Economics this year in partnership with the American...

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Strength in Numbers, September 2012

Strength in Numbers, September 2012

Salt Lake City & Kitsap County Studies Show Huge Economic Benefit Provided by Independent Businesses Local First Utah released a compelling new study documenting that money spent with local independent businesses generates far more local wealth than equivalent...

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Strength in Numbers, August 2012

Strength in Numbers, August 2012

Indie Business News Briefs To Boost Small Business Credit, Think Small (Banks) In 2010, the latest data available, lenders with less than $100 million in assets lent 87 percent of their total loan value to small businesses, as compared with only 26 percent for banks...

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Strength in Numbers, June-July 2012

Strength in Numbers, June-July 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...

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Strength in Numbers, May 2012

Strength in Numbers, May 2012

Indie Business News Highlights Changing Incentives A recent policy brief by the Union for Concerned Scientists explains how federal subsidies drive agriculture in the wrong direction by favoring industrial-scale operations that rely heavily on mechanization and...

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