Strength In Numbers, January 2015

Strength In Numbers, January 2015

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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 independent businesses (perhaps your own!)

Check out this expanded collection of free graphics you can use online, encourage your local papers to run in “filler” space, or customize with your name and logo.


Getting Flowers for Someone Special? Here’s why you’ll do better ordering from a real indie florist, not an 800-number or web consolidator.

strike matchLight a Spark in Your Community This Spring!

Are you seeking to build the impact of a “buy local” campaign or other initiatives to help local businesses thrive? Here’s a timely opportunity for you to get a huge boost by bringing a leading speaker/facilitator to town. And thanks to the renewal of generous underwriting from American Express OPEN, we’re able to offer presentations and workshops at about half the normal cost on tours this spring.

These events have played a key role in instigating and improving many of the most successful “buy local” campaigns, Independent Business Alliances and pro-local policy initiatives in more than 95 communities. AMIBA also provides distinctive keynotes and workshops for trade shows and conferences — suggest it to the organizers of your association.

You can review presentation and workshop topics here or see a detailed outline of our most popular offering. Contact us for available dates in your area and costs.

Indie Business News Highlights

“Secrets of Successful Communities” The most successful independent business advocates don’t look only at business concerns, but recognize a healthy business community depends on sound physical environment, civic health and more. The Urban Land Institute offers some fine resources in this new report.

What’s Our Brand?
Here’s an astute editorial by The River Reporter (NY) about the importance of unique local businesses to sustaining a compelling place brand. An overview of our place branding workshops is available here (final item) — of course, with an eye to highlighting independent businesses!

Is Good for Readers? If you care about literature and enjoy real (four-panelist, video-recorded) debate, watch this recent event recorded in NYC.

Why Cities Subsidizing Non-local Corporations Fail to Create Local Wealth or Jobs
The latest in a long line of examples — this one describing Baltimore’s misguided giveaway to Disney Corporation.

Becoming Employee-Owned
This publication offers a concise overview of options for transitioning to employee ownership, either for succession purposes or to raise capital.

It’s Time For an Agency Dedicated to Capital Markets for Small Business
Instead of lobbying for the SEC to be responsive to small business

Vermonters Lobby for Public Bank – and Win Millions for Local Investment Instead

Will Electricity Be the Next Sector to Go Local?

For Walmart Corporation, No Such Thing As Enough
The world’s largest retailer goes after street vendors’ customers in Mexico.

Bringing Vitality to Mainstreet: How Immigrant Small Businesses Help Local Economies Grow

Controlling Big Box Development in Georgia This resource has information useful in any state.

Affiliate News

Keep Saint Petersburg Local tapped Mayor Rick Kriseman to help convey the importance of supporting independent business locally.

A Portland Independent Business and Community Alliance board member published this op-ed (ME) on importance of keeping city character intact.

Congratulations to the Louisville IBA and MetroIBA (Twin Cities) on celebrating their 10th anniversaries in 2015!

Welcome New AMIBA Business Members

Anthi Frangiadis Associates, Marion, MA
Boyd Law (Los Angeles)

Learn more about AMIBA affiliation or individual business membership here.

firefighter_hispanic_SPMore Bilingual Materials / Recursos en Español

Since publishing our guide to effective “buy local” campaigns in Spanish at the end of 2014, we’ve added more translated articles and graphics, which now are collected on this page.

Both the English and Spanish editions of our guide to effective buy local campaigns are available as a free pdf upon request.

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