If Your Representatives Truly Support Small Business, Here’s One Big Thing They Can Do
New Brunswick province has created a platform to make investing in local businesses as simple and safe as stock markets — and is offering huge tax credits to residents to entice them to start moving their money! Learn more.
Publicizing Opportunities to Invest in Local Enterprise
Pioneer Valley Local First (a Massachusetts AMIBA affiliate) took their own initiative to compile many local investment options for residents and businesses. Could your organization help shift local investment with such a resource?
The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts will host the Local Sustainable Economies Conference in Boston on June 7-9, 2017. AMIBA, co-sponsor and partner for the event, will be joined by many other leading organizations supporting independent business and localization for a truly collaborative conference.
The Conference will serve the needs of grassroots business organizations, economic development professionals and all who work to help local entrepreneurs and thriving communities. AMIBA affiliates and members will enjoy $50 off the already-low conference cost for up to two people per organization. Learn more!
News from AMIBA Affiliates
Portland Buy Local released their 2016 holiday poster with the slogan “This season, stand out from the crowd!” The poster is an annual release designed to lead people to PBL’s business members and online Holiday Gift Guide of curated ideas available from member businesses.
Helping Local Businesses Survive Major Road Construction Projects
Stay Local! Stay Local! (an AMIBA affiliate serving New Orleans) co-produced this toolkit for New Orleans business owners struggling with construction projects outside their storefronts.
Also, Stay Local! recently received an $8000 partnership grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas and Iberia Bank — the third grant Stay Local! has received through the program. This year’s grant will be used to staff, market and conduct a series of educational workshops for local business owners. We now have the narrative portion of this grant available for affiliates to reference in our growing collection of grant applications in Member Resources (log in required).
Local First Lexington made a big leap forward this month. We congratulate our Lexington, KY affiliate on hiring their first full-time director, after several years working to build capacity and impact.
Welcome New Affiliates!
Lawton Independent Business Alliance, Oklahoma
Local 1st Minot, North Dakota
Seasonal Buy Local Campaigns
Small Business Saturday has built a huge following and impact for independent businesses, but that doesn’t mean you should cede Friday or Monday to the chains and online giants! See this collection of tools, event ideas and more for Plaid Friday, Small Biz Saturday and Cider Monday.
Giving Tuesday is an international campaign to promote charitable giving the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, this year held on November 29. It’s a perfect opportunity to add to — or venture into — gaining individual contributions to support your local organization. We’ve adapted Giving Tuesday materials to create this kit of templates, including sample social media posts, an email appeal and logos. So spruce up your donation page (or get busy and create one!) and utilize these tools to build your organization’s funding!
If your group does not have 501c3 status or a fiscal sponsor, learn more about how AMIBA’s Fiscal Sponsorship Program can enable your group to accept charitable gifts and grants.
Lend Your Voice to Building Community
Connect with your customers and help ensure everyone — no matter their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or ability — feels safe and welcomed. We produced these web stickers/window signs last year in response to some localized outbreaks of bigotry, but the problem has spread following the 2016 U.S. elections. We hope these free graphics provide an easy way for you to send a clear message that your business or community rejects bigotry and discrimination of all kinds. Update: Look for window decals based on this design from us soon! (expected ready-to-ship date is January 3). Contact us for bulk pricing.
Also, we published a letter from MetroIBA president Molly Glasgow (Twin Cities, MN) along with the graphics as an example of how one IBA is trying to positively influence their community.
The Big Impact of Small Businesses on Urban Job Creation
The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) explores how small, independent businesses in inner cities could be the key to ending urban unemployment. For those wanting a concise summary, see Locavesting’s recent post.
Harnessing the Local Economic Power of Hospitals
If you have medical institutions serving your area, don’t miss the latest publication from Community Wealth to help you partner with these entities to strengthen your community and local business opportunities.