Strength in Numbers, October 2014

Strength in Numbers, October 2014

Spanish-cover-medBroadening the Pro-Local Movement: AMIBA Materials Go Bilingual

Independent Business Alliances and related pro-local business groups have spread to more than one hundred communities in the past decade and have built a strong record of success — especially in shifting consumer spending. Yet we’ve been concerned the Localization Movement as a whole does not reflect the diversity of our country.

As one piece of tackling that challenge, we decided to offer some of our most popular resources in Spanish. Today we announce the first wave of these resources, starting with our most requested publication: the (newly revised) guide to effective “buy local” campaigns. Spanish overview here. Both the English and Spanish editions are free upon request in pdf. You also can opt to get a free copy of the publication in an attractive full-color magazine with any purchase of “Why Buy Local?” posters, decals or other educational merchandise.

Initial Spanish resources include:

Michigan Leads the Way in Launching State-Level Stock Exchanges

At one time, local exchanges fueled the launch and growth of small businesses. Some of which became important job creators nationally…like General Motors. Amy Cortese tells the story.

Election Day Showdown on the Plains

North Dakota law requires pharmacies to be owned by a licensed pharmacist in the state, which has served residents well for half a century. They enjoy more pharmacies per capita than any neighboring state, and despite their remote location, pay lower prices for drugs than most of the U.S.

Walmart and other chains are spending big to try overturning the law. Walmart funded a ballot initiative drive and accompanying ad blitz, spending about $3 million in a state with fewer than 800,000 residents. Stacy Mitchell details this important battle. Nov. 5 Update: North Dakotans Reject Walmart.

10 Ways to Capitalize on Small Business Saturday

Consider this collection of ideas to help shift spending in your community.

Local Affiliates Making News

timberwolvesAmong the new members of MetroIBA (Twin Cities, MN) are the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association and the Minnesota Lynx of the Women’s NBA.

Keep Saint Petersburg Local cleaned up in the annual awards issue of weekly newspaper, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, taking honors for Best Local Non-Profit and winning multiple awards for their “Localtopia” arts and culture festival…in the event’s first year!

Thrive (Rogue Valley, OR) gained media attention for their work to get more products from local farmers and ranchers onto local supermarket shelves. You also can read about their Recipe-to-Market Business Development Workshop Series.

Homegrown El Paso (TX) is the latest IBA to help pass a local purchasing and contracting preference ordinance. “Hire El Paso First – Local Bidder Preference” aims to help the City use local firms for more contracts. Economic benefits include “an increase in employment, an increase in local tax revenue and an increase of subcontracting opportunities to local firms,” according to a recent article. Get details from the El Paso website.

Buy Local Greater Kalamazoo (MI) received a $1000 grant from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation to support their public education efforts (their second this year).

The Austin IBA (TX) recently held their 2nd annual Local Business Conference to identify goals independent businesses want the City to address during the coming year. A Leadership Circle of local owners is appointed to oversee the progress toward those goals. They address business property ownership, job and business growth, increasing awareness of City resources and developing cooperative purchasing.

The group also received a testament to their cultural impact from the NY Times. An Oct. column says “‘Keep Austin Weird’ is the Texas capital’s unofficial slogan, a clue to its proudly subversive soul.” (The Austin IBA popularized the slogan in the City).

Welcome New AMIBA Affiliates & Members

think-tulsa-first-logoOrganizational Affiliates
Think Tulsa First, Tulsa, OK
Watertown First, Watertown, NY

Premier Business Members
Uwharrie Capital Corp, Albemarle, NC
Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs, Southeastern PA
Project Vision 21, Bilingual News and Information Services

Business Members
Beyond the Blackboard Toys, Arvada, CO
Imaging Supplies Co, Sanford, NC

Learn more about AMIBA affiliation or individual business membership here.

2014-eng-poster-rotationCustomized “Why Buy Local?” Posters
While you can purchase these attarcive 11.5″ x 15″ posters as shown, we can customize customized with your group or business name, logo, etc.

We also offer Spanish versions of all four posters. Templates are free for AMIBA affiliates and business members to customize and print locally (and can be purchased by anyone). Please contact us to learn more if you are interested in printed Spanish posters or to purchase template if you are not a member/affiliate.

Give Your Local Organization or Campaign a Power Boost!
AMIBA now is scheduling events for January and beyond. Learn more about how our presentations and trainings can enhance your impact or contact us via email to inquire about dates and costs.

Gear Up for Holiday Campaigns: Free Resources

10 Ways to Capitalize on Small Business Saturday

AMIBA Collection of Holiday Campaign and Event Ideas

Holiday-Themed Ads and Posters
Many of these can be used either as-is, or customize them with your logo and information.

Shift Your Shopping

Starting next week, we’ll be gearing up for this annual collaborative campaign help you keep the pro-
local message present throughout the holiday season. We invite your ideas and engagement, so please contact us to learn about helping and stay tuned via social media (see icons below) for news next week.

Banners with Holiday Spirit
Planning a holiday-themed banner for your social media pages? Here are a few samples from local Alliances to provoke ideas.

In Brief

Independent We Stand advises small business owners to register their location with Apple to ensure Apple device users locate them easily.

Has the Government Kept Its Promise to Small Businesses?
The Washington Post scrutinizes SBA activity.

Policies for Community Wealth Building: Leveraging State and Local Resources
See this recent report from Community Wealth.

Indie Booksellers on the Rise on Both Sides of the Atlantic
Indie bookstores continued their comeback this year, as more independent bookstores opened than closed in both the U.K. and the U.S.

New Articles from AMIBA

Owning an Independent Business Came Naturally, as Did Starting an Independent Business Alliance

Why Buying Green Means Buying Local

New Resources for AMIBA Affiliates

(Log in first, then click the links below)

Corvallis IBA Welcome Dollars Program

Monadnock Buy Local Grant Submission for Communication Audit

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