Strength in Numbers, November 2015

Strength in Numbers, November 2015

News Briefs

Celebrate SmallQuote-CorbettBarr
This essay offers a more personal view on why small businesses matter. A great read for the week of Small Business Saturday!

Cities Building Community Wealth
The latest publication from our friends at the Democracy Collaborative has a wealth of actionable ideas and inspiration.

A Policy with Promise
One huge challenge for independent retailers is online retailers’ ability to undercut prices by providing none of the service offered by local businesses. This white paper suggests why manufacturers should consider minimum advertised pricing (MAP) to help their brick and mortar retailers and themselves.

3 Years After SEC Approval, Crowdfunding Equity Ruling Opens Funding Options for Entrepreneurs

Old Friends with New Names
Main Street America is the new identity of our allies that formerly worked as the National Main Street Center.

Locavesting reports on the Portland, OR loyalty program Supportland scaling to Placemaker.

Local Business Advocates Keep the “Quirky” in ‘Querque
The great pro-local business work of KeepitQuerque! (Albuquerque, NM) is profiled.

Pigs Fly, Opens Bricks-and-Mortar Bookstore See All About Amazon to stay current on the most notable news and commentary about Amazon.

Local Alliances in Action

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Stay Local! plans a “second line” (brass band parade) with a “Small Business Santa” making stops at local small businesses.

We see more affiliates than ever using Small Business Saturday to their advantage and invite you to report on your activities and results for a December article (include visuals please!). We also welcome reports on Shift Your Shopping, Plaid Friday and Cider Monday.

Local First Utah Gets New Digs. Ground broke on October 28 for the new Central Ninth Market — specifically designed for locally owned businesses — and LFU will join them when the project is complete.

Responding to member request, MetroIBA (Twin Cities) has started Business Owners Roundable discussions as means for business members to learn from and share with each other to do business better. The roundtables will be moderated and meet monthly.

In Nashville, Parnassus Books plotted a way to add an element to Small Business Saturday. They contacted the Nashville Independent Business Alliance and together devised IndieNashGiving for which dozens of businesses have committed to donating 5-10% of their proceeds from November 28 to a local non-profit of their choice.

Pioneer Valley Local First (MA) is among groups making the TV evening news with their ‪‎Shift Your Shopping‬ campaign & pro-local business message!

More Free Graphics to Spread the Pro-Independent Message for the Holidays (and Beyond)

Thanks to the addition of a talented on-staff designer, we’re now able to offer co-branded versions of popular graphics (adding your logo, tagline and url). These timely and attractive ads can help you expand your social media following while getting the pro-local message out widely. Below are some new offerings for November.

Customization is free for AMIBA affiliates and business members. If your local business group or business is not yet a member, learn more about benefits to groups or independent businesses.


Optimized for Facebook. Click for access to full-size holiday graphic files.



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Use the buzz about Starbucks cups to promote the positive. Every cafe in you area will want to share this one!



NOTE: We just updated data in this popular graphic — click to download the latest

Your local reporters are probably as tired of writing formulaic “Black Friday” stories as you are of reading them.
Consider using our new press release as a template to customize with your local stories, quotes and spokespeople (feel free to adapt and use as you wish).

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