This library supplements our popular primer “Building Buy Local Campaigns that Shift Culture and Spending” (free upon request), and serves as an introduction to many studies, publications and organizations of interest to independent business and localization advocates. The headers correspond to the guide’s sections and phrases in quotes correspond to passages (the pdf version of the primer is hyperlinked).
As of November, 2014, the primer is available in Spanish in both a printed magazine format and pdf. See the index of initial resources in Spanish here.
In response to reader requests, we created “Come in We’re Local” window decals and free web stickers like that on the primer cover. Note: the phrase “Come in We’re Local” is a registered trademark and may not be used without written permission.
I. “Buy Local Campaigns Can Yield Major Shifts
p. 3 Sidebar: “What is a local independent business?”
p.4 “when executed with the right balance” & “7 Ways to Counter Showrooming” – Showrooming
p. 4 “local economic multiplier”
p. 4 “numerous studies”
p. 4 “Civic Economics”
p. 5 “studied”
p. 5 AMIBA.net/multiply
p. 6 “drive many miles”
p. 6 AMIBA.net/localhero
p. 6 “national study from Louisiana State and Baylor Universities” See summary.
p. 6 Local business ownership and “rates of civic engagement.” Among studies in this realm are these from 2006, 2005 and 1946. Big Box Swindle by Stacy Mitchell summarizes these studies and provides extensive annotation.
p. 6 “higher property values” (pdf from 2011 Civic Economics study commissioned by American Express)
III. Delivering Your Message
p. 7 “Made to Stick“ by Chip and Dan Heath
p. 7 “Independent America” & “Rising from Ruins,” documentaries produced by Hanson Hosein, are available for free download (see links here). Contact AMIBA for ideas on using these to advance your work via public screenings.
p. 7 Civic Economics
p. 7 Multiplier Effect thorough explanation and links to original studies
p. 7 Think Big sidebar and sample survey
p. 7 “extensive collection” of economic impact studies (ILSR). See also our pages on Independent Business, Chain and “Big Box” Retail Studies and Local Multiplier Effect.
p. 7 “Leveraging Anchor Institutions for Local Job Creation and Wealth Building” (from Community Wealth). Locavesting by Amy Cortese and Local Dollars, Local Sense by Michael Shuman are related books of interest.
p. 8 See AMIBA.net/join information about affiliation and resources
p. 9 “online library” from ILSR
p. 9 “Small Business Saturday”
p. 9 “Independents Week”
p. 9 The Association for Enterprise Opportunity, Locavesting, Be a Localist and Advocates for Independent Business to learn about funding models, programs and policies that improve access to capital for active and aspiring entrepreneurs.
V. Organizational Structure
p. 10 “501c6 group exemption program” (a benefit available to AMIBA-affiliated organizations)
VI. Getting Started
p. 10 AMIBA.net/bab free welcome graphics and more
p. 11 The Benefits of Doing Business Locally, a frequently-requested article for re-publication.
p. 11 Logo examples are from local affiliates of AMIBA
Resource Index Sidebar:
The Local Multiplier Effect
AMIBA’s 501(c)6 Program
Ready-Made Outreach Materials
AMIBA Affiliation Benefits
Presentations & Workshops
Back cover: See all 4 “Why Buy Local?” poster designs (redesigned since first print publication).
Back cover: “comprehensive benefits”
Back cover: This primer is regularly updated — see AMIBA.net/buylocal to get the latest PDF file.
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Other Resources for Advocates of Independent Business
There are far too many great resources and organizations to list here, including hundreds of trade groups serving specific independent business types (groups having hosted AMIBA speakers are listed here). Please contact us for recommendations in your realm of interest.
Thanks to American Express, whose sponsorship enabled production of the primer.