American Independent Business Alliance

Strength in Numbers, January 2014

Strength in Numbers, January 2014

Help Your Community “Go Local” for Valentine’s Day

Come-in-Were-Local-VDAY-heart-RegWe’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 outlets enjoy free access to source files (just ask) to customize with your own name and logo (available to others at nominal cost).

We’ll be adding one more ad next week that we know will create some buzz! Follow AMIBA on Twitter or Google+ to get word when it’s available.

accelerateAccelerate the Progress of Your Local Campaign or Alliance

(Or get off to a roaring start!) Many of the most successful Independent Business Alliances and “buy local” campaigns gave a big boost to their organizing and fundraising simply by hosting a workshop with one of AMIBA’s expert speakers/facilitators. Several of our top speakers will be on tour this spring and, once again,American Express OPEN is offering sponsorship that can cut the cost to “no-brainer” level (especially when combined with the discount offered to AMIBA affiliates).

Funding is available for just a few more events and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.Contact us today to learn more.

cashgiftIn Brief

Funding for Your Pro-Local Initiative
Is your region served by a community foundation? If so, we encourage you to build a relationship that could lead to ongoing support — and we’re here to help you get started! Even if you’ve not yet organized a local Alliance, funding to host a training or attend an educational conference (like Go Local, Grow Local) often is possible. Contact us to learn the options in your area.

Six Common Mistakes That Kill “Buy Local” Campaigns
Learn from the experience of others to avoid these errors and help your campaign thrive! This definitely is an article to share with your board or steering committee!

D.C. Cafes’ “Disloyalty Card” Generates Media Buzz
Indie businesses that succeed via collaboration with their peers are nothing new to those who’ve followed the growth of Independent Business Alliances, but it can still make a great media hook, especially when framed to fit the David v Goliath storyline. National coverage for a joint loyalty card among cafes in Washington, D.C. is a good recent example.

HSBC Dumps Small Businesses to Pursue Big Accounts
This action comes from the global chain that bills itself “the world’s local bank.” If you’re still banking with a megabank, there’s no better time to “Switch to Community” by moving to an independent community bank or credit union.

More Innovation to Improve Local Food Systems
Farmers markets can be great opportunities for farmers and ranchers in easy driving distance, but not always for those in more remote locations. In Ohio, a fruit & vegetable auction is creating a local food success story.

Home Depot Tax Evasion Scam Stopped by Arizona Court
We hope other states will see the good news and crack down on this widespread abuse.

bostonlocalfoodNews from Local Affiliates

Boston Local Food Trade Show
On March 4, the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts will host this event to facilitate restaurants and institutional buyers connecting with local food suppliers to buy more locally produced products from growers, fishermen, and value-added producers in New England.

SBN gained sponsorship from Northeastern University and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. The event will feature open floor trading as well as seminars addressing common barriers to trading.

Syracuse First Launches 10% Shift Initiative
Syracuse First in New York is the latest Alliance to create a separate consumer-focused website to educate residents about the impact of their spending choices (using concrete local figures) and promote personal spending shifts.

Telling the Stories of Local Businesses
The Corvallis IBA (Oregon) is among many AMIBA affiliates to systematically profile their member businesses — something we encourage every local Alliance and campaign to do.

LocalTopia in Florida
Keep St. Petersburg Local (Florida) is the latest of several AMIBA affiliates to organize a celebration of local music, food, drink and art as both a consciousness-raiser and fundraiser. They expect upwards of 4,000 people to attend LocalTopia this Saturday!

GLGL_logo_finalStar Speakers and a Spectacular Venue for Conference Gala Dinner

When you pack for AMIBA’s Go Local, Grow LocalConference, include something a little glam! We’re pleased to announce your dinner gala will be at the world-renownedWalker Art Center in Minneapolis. You’ll enjoy a special dinner prepared by the chef at D’Amico, live music, a spectacular view of the Minneapolis skyline and maybe an evening stroll around the Sculpture Garden.

We’ll publish more schedule details next month, but we’re thrilled to announce expected conference speakers include Amy Cortese, Craig Taylor, Michael Shuman, Stacy Mitchell, Becky McCray, and Laury Hammel, as well as other top AMIBA speakers and leaders in the Localization / Indie Business Movement.

Please contact Joe Grafton to learn about opportunities to sponsor one the featured speakers, evening events, or the full conference.

Mark your calendars for May 8-11 in Minneapolis! Discounted early registration is now open. Learn more.

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