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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, thanks to renewed generous underwriting from American Express. We’re now scheduling 2017 dates and encourage you to contact us now for any spring-summer event inquiry. Learn more.

Spread the Local Love for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day generates $60 billion in sales in the U.S. alone, making early February a key period for local jewelers, florists, restaurants and many other businesses.

Help send customers to your local independents with our expanded library of fun ads and graphics, along with educational articles like Don’t Get Duped! Find a Real Local Florist.

AMIBA Board Expanded

We’re excited to announce four new members of AMIBA’s Board of Directors! See “Our Team“ for bios of all board members and staff.

  • Pamela Standing, Minnesota Indian Business Alliance
  • Jenn Thompson, Portland Independent & Community Business Alliance
  • Derek Peebles, Cincinnati Independent Business Alliance
  • Tom Lowenburg, Octavia Books (New Orleans — also a Stay Local! member)

Google Drive for Personal & Organizational Success

Our work environment is quickly changing, and the ability to share files easily among multiple colleagues and on different devices often is critical. If you missed our January webinar, we created this handy guide to help you understand the basics of Google Drive’s cloud-based file storing and collaboration platform.

Affiliate Profile: Local First (La Plata County, Colorado)

After nine years amassing more than 200 business members in the Southwest corner of Colorado, Local First aims to go well beyond “buy local” campaigns to become a major force in shifting policy as well as culture. See their story.

“Business Against Bigotry” Update

Thanks to a strong initial response, we’ve adapted “We Welcome Everybody” graphics for most popular social media platforms (and will customize for others upon request). We also created a press release template local groups may adapt and will be adding more resources in the coming weeks. We invite your ideas and will arrange a February conference call on this topic. Please tell us if you’d like to receive notice, and tag us if you use the graphics on social media.

Book Review: Immigrant, Inc.

As debate on immigration continues to rage, Immigrant, Inc. is a timely read that explores the large role immigrants play in entrepreneurship and innovation.

NEWS BRIEFS

Indie Business Advocates Engage in Government
The Minneapolis City Council appointed MetroIBA to a seat on its Workforce Advisory Committee. The Committee reviews policy and advises the City on workplace questions. MetroIBA is one of two groups on the Committee representing business associations.

Amazon’s Tax Loophole Is Drying Up
As of March 1, 2017, Amazon will collect sales tax in all but six eligible U.S. states: ID, NM, OK, AR and ME. Five states do not charge sales tax.

While this is important progress, don’t forget many other giant online retailers still retain an anti-competitive advantage over bricks-and-mortar sellers. Learn more from Tax Justice.

Tennessee Farmers Cash In on the Local Food Movement
In the past three years, 500 more Tennessee farms began selling directly to consumers. In 2015, Tennessee consumers spent $58.7 million directly with local farmers.

So Much for the “Local” Facade
The Whole Foods grocery chain spent big money promoting the small portion of local food they sold under prominent “I’m a Local.” signs. But the corporation recently announced it would centralize buying, necessarily eliminating most opportunities for small farmers or producers. Lesson: local businesses are an interconnected system — working together benefits all!

How Open-Source Seed Producers Are Changing Global Food Production
Patents on seeds and food products are increasingly making it difficult for farmers and small plant breeders operate. The Open Source Seed Initiative works directly to keep plants and seeds free from privatization and available for public use.

Why AMIBA Changed Our Newsletter Service and What You Can Learn from It

For many years, we used MadMimi for our newsletter delivery and were pleased with the small company’s outstanding customer service. Then it was bought out by GoDaddy.com. After a long decline in service, we invested time last month to research many other providers and decided on Get Response for its customization options, delivery rate and a large (50%) discount for non-profits. If you are weighing options for a newsletter delivery service, we’re happy to share our research to help you. And if you choose Get Response, you can use this referral link to get a $30 credit for both you and AMIBA.

Join Us in Boston!

Don’t forget to register for the Local Sustainable Economies Conference, June 7-9.

These “Love Local” decals are available as both static cling and adhesive. Order now and get them by Monday!

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