American Independent Business Alliance

Strength in Numbers, March 2016

Strength in Numbers, March 2016

NEW! “Love Local” Decals and Window Clings

Our newest creation provides an effective and economical tool to engage residents as well as businesses. These new stickers (2.5″ x 9.25″) are offered in both adhesive and static cling vinyl options (ideal for windows of cars, businesses or homes). Get yours here or inquire for wholesale pricing (more than 50 of a single format).

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These new outreach tools are free to AMIBA affiliates in good standing (request them here) and business members. See the ever-growing list of benefits for local business coalitions (we also recently began offering free customization of a large menu of graphics to spread the pro-local business message.)

 

March News Highlights

States Set Up Fight Over Sales Tax
The Wall Street Journal published this informative report (subscription) and our response (free access) It’s Time to End Tax Favoritism.

Do You Want Service Providers in Your State Saddled with Collecting Sales Tax?
If not, be pro-active and learn if any attempts like this are underway in your state. While we can’t monitor each state, we’ll gladly help with organizing where asked.

The Health Problems Created by Agribusiness Oligopolies
The Washington Monthly delivers a thorough report on a neglected topic.

List Prices Have Become Meaningless: False Bargains Promoted by Amazon and Others
See this feature, Amazon’s quest to become a shipping company and more of the best recent reporting covering Amazon.com here.

Indiana Works to Stop Big Box Chains from Dodging Property Taxes

Local Affiliates Making News

Nashville IBA Profiled in City’s Major DailyNashvile-thinkindie

New Saint Andrews IBA (FL) (“Keep St Andrews Salty”) Profiled
The St. Andrews IBA also is the newest AMIBA affiliate to gain 501c6 tax-exempt status through our Group Exemption Program. Learn why AMIBA recommends 501c6 designation for pro-local business groups.

We highlighted the ways Monadnock Buy Local (NH) keeps their “buy local” message fresh with seasonal campaigns through the year.

Bill McMahon, director of Local First Springfield (IL) was interviewed for input on the Governor’s budget address.

Metro IBA’s work featured in Minneapolis Star-Tribune

In New Orleans, the work of AMIBA affiliate StayLocal! leads to more business opportunities for independents.

Also, Stay Local! Executive Director Dana Eness and members testified before the Louisiana House Ways & Means Committee in support of the state’s E-Fairness bill. It would allow the state to collect sales tax from online mega-retailers like Amazon, eliminating that handicap on local retailers.

Good News

The Real Sharing Economy
The term is used far too loosely these days, but craft brewers have largely walked the talk in helping each other succeed. Yes! Magazine offers this informative report. In related news InBev tries to take on San Diego’s craft beer establishment with a craft-themed brewpub — to rebellion from those wanting to preserve local flavor.

Independent Businesses and Citizens in Wales Have Sparked a Revolt Against Corporate Tax Dodgers. This BBC documentary video is an engaging watch.

Calls to Break up the Megabanks Gained a Powerful Amplifier
The newest president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, who also was a primary director of the bank bailout, added his voice. Read or view his first speech.

Colorado’s “Amazon Tax” Upheld in Federal Appeals Court
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling that deemed Colorado’s “Amazon tax” unconstitutional. The law passed in 2010 doesn’t force Internet retailers to charge sales tax on purchases made by Colorado residents. But those that don’t must notify customers to pay sales tax and report customer purchases to the state’s revenue department.

New Philly Co-Working Hub Supports Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Boosts the Economy of an Opportunity Zone

 

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Good Jobs First studied who benefits from economic development incentives in the states of FL, NM and MO and found two-thirds of such spending is going to big business (almost always absentee-owned) rather than in-state entrepreneurs.

Welcome to AMIBA!

New Local Affiliates
Lakeland Business Leaders, Lakeland, FL
Go Local Cooper City, Cooper City, FL

At AMIBA’s annual meeting in February, the following officers were elected:

Jennifer Rubenstein (director, Louisville IBA) – President
Dana Eness (director, Stay Local!) – Vice President/President-elect
Nicole Kelly (board member, Keep Saint Petersburg Local) – Secretary
Colin Murray (director, Dane Buy Local) – Treasurer

The Only Way You’ll Ever Catch Up on the Business Books You’ve Been Meaning to Read!

In a special offer for our subscribers, you can download this anthology of concise summaries of the 50 business books most-recommended by Fortune 500 CEOs, which sells for $19, for free the rest of March. Just insert the coupon code AMIBA to access your free download (mobile-optimized pdf). While a few titles are quite corporate-focused, most have tips useful to any business or organization.

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