Strength in Numbers, May 2013

Strength in Numbers, May 2013

News from Independent Business Alliances & AMIBA

Dining Local Benefits Your Community as Well as Your Taste Buds!
You’ve likely seen graphs showing the multiplier effect of buying from indie retailers, but dining with indie restaurants also plays a key role in building local prosperity — generating nearly double the local economic benefit of dining at a chain outlet. We averaged results from five recent studies by Civic Economics in this new graph.

See this overview for large images (you’re welcome to use them on your site) and links to the original studies. Your local restaurants will greatly appreciate your spreading the message!

Getting Local Governments to Go Local

Durham recently joined the list of cities enacting policies to encourage more local procurement and contracting, supported by Sustain-a-Bull DurhamThis commentary by director Amy Campbell offers an overview, and the actual language is here (pdf)

Also, Sustain-a-Bull raised funds for their pro-local business work by partnering with local bookstore, The Regulator, to promote a day where 10% of sales go to Sustain-a Bull. Consider this model to supplement your group’s fundraising while spotlighting member businesses.

Go Local Tacoma
 presents their annual City of Neighborhoods conference May 18 to educate citizens about how they can proactively guide community development to enhance their neighborhoods and quality of life.

portorfordIndie Innovation in Oregon
Think Local Umpqua reports that Port Orford Sustainable Seafood launched a Community Supported Fishery much like CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) programs. They began making drops in Roseburg just last month!

Also, Umpqua Local Goods (ULG) premiered last fall in Roseburg, OR as both a retail outlet for locally-grown or crafted products and a hands-on learning venue for students. The store has blossomed into a multi-faceted local business incubator and market supplying foods produced on-site and items from area producers, including dairy products, artisanal breads, seafood from POSS (above), and more. The organizers recognized an opportunity to provide an underserved, lower-income community with fresh, local options when the Safeway chain vacated its downtown store.

ULG just added a commercial kitchen where aspiring food entrepreneurs both can make their products and showcase them. Umpqua Local Goods owes its success to the partnership between Neighborworks Umpqua (parent to Think Local Umpqua, the local AMIBA affiliate) and Phoenix Charter School.

kanab-billboardCoordinating Messaging for Regional Impact
One of AMIBA’s newest affiliates, the Kanab, UT Chamber of Commerce, joined with state-wide affiliate Local First Utah to help amplify the state-level messaging campaign. See one of the results to your left!

Great Start for Bank Local Initiative
At Asheville Grown’s Go Local CD launch (reported in our March newsletter) — 16 new CDs, totaling $140,000 for loans to regional independent businesses were opened on the first day!

We love Shop Local Raleigh’s microbrew festival — not just because we’re fans of craft brews, but because it’s a great example of Independent Business Alliances collaborating for success. SLR President Mark Weldon tells the story.

New Resources and Ideas for Indie Business Advocates and Owners

Why Employees Need a Say in Your Business Planning
Business writer Dave Lavinsky offers excellent ideas to help boost your business.

Should You Go Native? Evaluating Your Mobile App/Website Options
Thanks to Kevin Leong for composing this tutorial for our readers.

New to AMIBA Member Resources
Please log in first before clicking links below. If you’re not yet part of a member alliance or a member yourself, learn more about how your organization or your business will benefit from affiliating with AMIBA.

  • We’ve added a marketing intern job description to our list of IBA positions.
  • Visit our new Citizen Membership page, and see how Seacoast Local created an Online Savings Book with downloadable coupons from member businesses to incentivize citizen membership.
  • Develop an incentive program for your membership committee and board members to initiate a membership drive, such as the strategy utilized by Homegrown El Paso.
  • Found in our archive and well worth posting: Portland Buy Local developed an excellent “Eat Local” map/directory, which lists business information and shows location of their member food retailers.
  • Listen to a recording of our conference call on creating and increasing the effectiveness of board committees. We also added several resources for committee chairs to help maximize their efforts.

IndependentsWeek_Flag_2013Celebrate Independents Week
July 1-7

Our annual celebration of independent business and entrepreneurism is a great “hook” to inject positive attention to indie business into media coverage around the 4th of July (usually a slow news period). See our how-to guide and many free templates here. Participation in Indie Week is open to anyone, whether individual or community group.

For 2013, we’re rolling out new graphics to add to your options. The design of this new poster will be incorporated into other graphics templates (you’ll be free to use existing designs, too) over the coming weeks. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to get the latest additions.

Indie Business News Briefs

New Haven Officials Push Retired City Workers to Invest Pension Funds Locally

How the Local Food Movement Is Transforming Race Relations in America

New Ways to Invest in Your Neighborhood
“Crowdfund” real estate sites are creating new and exciting ways for people to invest in their communities and enhance local wealth. “It’s bottom-up development instead of top-down… nobody understands a neighborhood better than the people who live there or are stakeholders.” Amy Cortese of Locavesting offers this story.

About Those “Business-friendliness” Rankings
This new report aptly sums up what we’ve long observed: “Prominent studies that purport to measure and rank the states’ ‘business climates’ are actually politicized grab-bags of data. They have no predictive value and should not be used to inform public policies.”

New Data on the Benefits of Going Local in Canada
This recent study (pdf) commissioned by the Canadian Union of Public Employees in British Columbia quantifies the local multiplier effect and measures market share for indies compared to chains, among other data.

Sales Tax Fairness Passes US Senate!
See our resource page on Sales Tax Fairness for the latest news and opportunities for you to express your view.

SyracuseFirstThinkCabarrusFirstWelcome to the Newest AMIBA Afflilates!
Think Cabarrus First
, Cabarrus County, NC

Syracuse First, Syracuse, NY
If you’re in Upstate NY, check out their
New Economy Summit May 22

New Sponsor

The Huddle Foundation joins the businesses and foundations helping AMIBA and the localization movement thrive. Thanks to all!

Great Upcoming Events By AMIBA Allies
See this new listing for additional events by our partners and links to details on these events.

  • New England Local Economy Network Gathering, Somerville, MA, May 31
  • ASBC’s Business Summit for a Sustainable Economy in Washington, D.C., June 11-13
  • The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies’ annual conference June 12-14 in Buffalo, NY
  • Rural Development Initiatives’ Regards to Rural Conference, June 20-22 in Corvallis, OR

Come Meet AMIBA Speakers at Upcoming Presentations

Join us at one of these upcoming events in NY, NH, MA, MI, TN, OR, and WA featuring one of AMIBA’s top speakers (bios here).

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