Strength in Numbers, November 2013

Strength in Numbers, November 2013

Put the Pro-Local Message in the Holiday Spotlight

We’re keeping this issue short to highlight the many immediate opportunities for holiday outreach. Look for the biggest issue of the year the week of December 9, with local success stories from Alliances across the continent!

gift-ad-charity-AMIBA-greenHoliday Campaign and Event Ideas
We recently added many new examples to this multi-faceted collection of contests, online promotions, events and more. If you have a unique idea to add, please tell us!

Holiday Posters, Ads and Gift Tags
We’ve added to our free toolbox of graphics to help you prominently feature the “buy local and independent” message on your website, social media pages, local newspaper or in your business. We provide several attractive ready-to-print items, as well as customizable templates. See them here!

We add more new material frequently. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to learn about new items as they’re posted.

jeff-holiday-2013-op-ed-SMALLHoliday Shopping Goes Local and Independent
We just published a new commentary on the virtues of buying local for the holidays by AMIBA Co-Director Jeff Milchen. We’ve made it available for you to use in your region, either as-is, or by localizing to highlight your own local businesses. The piece notes a recent survey in which 35 percent of respondents preferred to do their in-person holiday shopping at small businesses – up sharply from 27 percent in 2012. This is another sign of the progress coming from the hard work so many of you are doing — keep it up!

Countering that positive message, BusinessWeek reported Sales Growth Stalls for Small Retailers. Let’s hope the survey is a better indicator this season for indies!

The Cost of “Free”
Of course, offering all these graphics and resources for free means we rely largely on voluntary contributions to keep producing them. If you’ve found these materials useful, please join the great people and businesses contributing to AMIBA by making a tax-deductible year-end contribution or joining as a business member. Thank you!

baconstillNew “Buy-Local” Video from the Kevin Bacon Gospel Choir!
We were thrilled to have Kevin Bacon and Causetown produce this fun video promotion for our newest “Shift Your Shopping for Good” initiative. Check it out! Business owners can learn more about participating in the program here.

Kevin explains his motivations for helping our campaign in this commentary.

ShiftYourShoppingwebThey’re Here!

We’re just days away from Small Business Saturday. See the SBS Facebook page to see the latest resources for business owners to make the most of this event in your community or business.

Small Business Saturday is just the beginning, so be sure to check out the new Shift Your Shopping for Good initiative and follow the campaign for the latest news. Thanks to Causetown and Meylah and our partners at BALLE for helping Shift Your Shopping make big strides this year! If you missed the Shift Your Shopping campaign webinar, you can catch the recording here.

New Voice for Sales Tax Fairness

In our October newsletter, we announced the launch of Advocates for Independent Business, a collaboration between several independent trade associations and AMIBA to advance the collective interests of our constituents. AIB’s first public appearance came last week with our op-ed on internet sales tax reform landing in Bloomberg Businessweek. If you’re part of a trade group for indies that is not yet a member, please contact us to learn more.

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