Strength in Numbers, December 2015

Strength in Numbers, December 2015

New Survey: Banking With an Independent Provides Better Service and Lower Checking Fees

WhyBankLocalSee 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 Year
Those of you who heard Jill Castilla speak at our 2014 conference won’t be surprised to learn she was just named the 2015 Community Banker of the Year! See also our 2014 interview with Castilla, the CEO of Citizens Bank of Edmond (an AMIBA Premier Business Member).

Yet Another Reason to Stay Local for Holiday Shopping
E-commerce delivery 21% slower than 2014, problems with 9% of orders.

Why Business Retention and Expansion Plans are Important for Downtowns
New from Main St. America.

Closing The Racial Wealth Gap Through Business Ownership
Good points in this new article from Locavesting.

Minimum Parking Standards — Why Reducing/Removing Them is Good for Business in a One-Minute Video

Small Businesses in The U.S. on The Rise, Reversing Six-Year Downward Trend
New report from the Kauffman Foundation.

Independent Pharmacies Save You Money

A new Consumers Union survey shows community pharmacies offer not only superior service, but also lower prices compared to chain competitors. So why are chains increasing market share when indies provide vastly superior value?

Thriving Amidst the Giants, Corner Drug Stores Create Community in L.A.

Small Business Saturday 2015 Delivers Best Results Yet
Approximately 95 million people patronized one or more independent businesses for Small Business Saturday this year — a strong 8-percent increase over last year. If you have any ideas or requests to share for next year, please tell us!

Local First Milwaukee’s Local Gift Fair was a fresh and healthy alternative to the chain-focused Black Friday frenzy.

Stay Local! SBS events on TV news: “This year we consciously opted to focus SBS events in a small shopping district that is predominantly black-owned businesses — to get the “shop local message” resonating outside our fancy-pants Uptown boutique zone, and also to develop stronger ties between StayLocal and the black business community. It took more work, but it turned out great.”

A New Fund Helps Beginning Farmers Secure Land of Their Own

How One Company Prevented  Amazon from Devaluing Its Product
When MetroIBA business member Magnetic Poetry took on Amazon resellers who were eroding their products’ value and taking sales from independent, brick and mortar businesses.

MetroIBA director Mary Hamel and member Dan Marshall of Mischief Toys were featured in a TV news segment about Small Business Saturday and why local business ownership matters.

Why Use Spanish Marketing Materials?
We recently updated this popular article with new data.

Welcome to AMIBA:

New Affiliates
St. Andrews Independent Business Alliance, Panama City, FL (now forming).
Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce, Arlington, SD

New Business Members
Boyd Law – San Diego
Pleasant Hill Property Services – Norway, ME
Now Shop Local– Granada Hills, CA
Sundance Liquor & Gifts – Snowmass, CO

Learn the benefits of joining AMIBA

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“AMIBA” is a 501c3 educational organization that works to help build more vibrant, durable local economies and ensure ongoing opportunities for entrepreneurs in the face of global corporatization. We provide a wide array of free materials to our readers in order to get the pro-community, pro-independent business message out as widely as possible.

But we can only do so if people like you who value this work contribute to keep it going. Your support will enable us to:
* help still more new community alliances launch effectively and build sustainable organizations
* continue producing effective educational tools that have been used in more than 820 towns and cities
* help spread pro-local policies to ever-more communities, and much more.

Please don’t assume others will keep our work going — we need YOU!

If you’re served by an AMIBA affiliate in your area, we encourage you to give local and support their work. If not, please become a contributor to building the Localization Movement and keep the success stories coming by making a tax-deductible gift of any size to AMIBA today.

If you’re a business owner, check out our business memberships that help advance our work while offering you helpful materials. As with any non-profit you consider giving to, we encourage you to examine our record on Guidestar (see link on our donation page). Thank you!


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