Strength In Numbers, October 2018

Strength In Numbers, October 2018


We applauded two new federal laws this month that enabled all pharmacists to inform their patients of the least expensive choice for prescription drugs. (Pharmacy Benefit Management companies have routinely forbidden that through restrictive contracts.) But just days later, the Department of Justice allowed a CVS – Aetna mega-merger that will prevent relief on drug prices for consumers and further harm independent pharmacists. David Dayen provides a thorough explanation here. See our April story on independent pharmacists beating the prices of chains, too.

Local First of Durango, Colorado, in partnership with the Durango Network and San Juan Basin Public Health, received a grant from the Rocky Mountain Health Foundation to conduct a needs assessment addressing affordable and effective health care for local, independent businesses in La Plata County.

Portland Buy Local is encouraging local business owners and residents to get more involved in shaping the future of their community with their vote. To help, they invited local and state political candidates to share their perspective on independent business through a series of Facebook Live interviews.


Pilot Point Economic Development Corporation (PPEDC)
Created by the City of Pilot Point, Texas, PPEDC strives to strengthen independent businesses and nurture new industry and entrepreneurs in their community an hour north of Dallas.

Menominee Downtown Business Association
Farmers’ markets, fundraisers, and festivals are among the ways Michigan’s Menominee Downtown Business Association promotes independent business development and and preserves their Historic Waterfront Downtown by strengthening the ties between local commerce and community.

Go Local STL
St. Louis, Missouri local businesses have a new #GoLocal champion in Go Local STL. This organization for indie business is motivated to strengthen the heart of the Gateway City in the heart of the Midwest.

Greater Athens Texas Independent Business Alliance (GATIBA)
GATIBA has hit the ground running toward educating their community about the economic benefits of keeping local dollars local while strengthening local business.

Please contact us to learn more about affiliation for your community.


Download your FREE Halloween “Come in, We’re LOCAL!” web graphic and encourage your community to “BOO Local” this Halloween! (based on our ever-popular storefront window decal)

HOLIDAY TIP #1: Use Campaigns and Events to Keep Holiday Dollars Local This Year
Whether your snow is real or fake, thoughts are turning to the holiday season. Now is the time to emphasize Go Local messaging, and AMIBA can help. Take a look inside our toolbox of holiday resources for simple, effective ways to inspire spending local dollars locally this season.

Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to stay up to date with more #GoLocal holiday tips and tricks!


Our friends at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies host their 2018 Shift Capital Summit Nov. 14-16 in Pacific Grove, CA. We’ll be at the “Solution Exchange” to discuss howcommunity-owned businesses are fulfilling urgent needs for many towns and cities.

New Orleans
This week, AMIBA’s Jeff Milchen will join the national conference of independent office supply dealers and stationers to help more of their member businesses take advantage of building local alliances to shift more spending to independents. Bring new ideas to your organization’s next conference with an expert from AMIBA’s Speaker Bureau!

Among their busy event schedule across the country, the Canadian CED Network hosts a gathering for Manitoba economic development leaders Oct. 19 with an impressive and diverse program.

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