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New Resources: AMIBA has a large catalogue of resources for members and the public that we have been updating. Take a look at what’s available and see our new online library.
AMIBA’s first-ever Virtual Conference (and the first in the Local Economy Movement to focus on racial equity), Executive Director Derek Peebles’ reading of Oriah Mountain Dreamer’s “The Invitation” set a bold new tone
AMIBA Leads the Local Movement
More than ever, we know independent businesses give communities economic strength, financial sustainability, and stronger civic connections. Inclusive thriving local economies are our path to resilience and growth for all. Government disinterest, mega-corporations and lack of consumer awareness of the impact of our choices work against resilient communities. AMIBA works to change that equation. Together, we can create policies and practices that focus on local business and a common good economy.
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The man behind the curtain pulling all the levers isn’t a man—it’s a monopoly. And it controls your world.
Monopolies are bad. Bad for you. Bad for me. Bad for everyone except the monopoly owners. What’s a monopoly you say? A monopoly is the exclusive possession or control of the supply of or trade in a commodity or service. Sounds pretty wonky but it’s not.
In a letter from the White House, President Biden explains why it’s so important to get small businesses help now. He notes that 400,000 small...
Every small business owners and IBA leader should know how to spot antitrust business practices - after all, fair competition benefits independent...
What Members Say
"The Louisville IBA has been a member of AMIBA since our inception, and it’s been an amazing resource. Since 2005 we’ve grown to 900 members and being part of AMIBA has been helpful at every stage of our growth, offering resources, training, connections and camaraderie. We wouldn’t be where we are today without being part of AMIBA!"
Executive Director, Louisville Independent Business Alliance
"I don’t know where we would be without AMIBA. Our small but mighty organization leans heavily on the community and relationships we’ve fostered through AMIBA’s umbrella. Our membership has led to countless great conversations, sparked positive change within our organization, and given us new ideas to roll out to our community. We have a small staff – just one person – but with AMIBA, it never feels lonely."
Mary Alice Scott
Executive Director, Portland Buy Local
"As a member of AMIBA, I have found the alliance to be an invaluable resource of tools, information and most importantly (to me) connectivity. I have learned so much from other local leaders that I would have never known if not for AMIBA. AMIBA is an amazing group of my peers that are open and sharing of all ideas, strategies, successes and no-so-successes. As a board member, I value the thoughtfulness, sincerity and commitment to AMIBA, local businesses and thriving local economies. I am honored and humbled to be part of such a group of strong and impressive group of leaders.”
Director of Policy & Research, Local Business Institute
"The local economy movement and success of small businesses is more important now than ever before. AMIBA is leading the charge in convening conversations about how we strategically can collaborate on solutions together. We are building a more diverse and inclusive economy across the country, and joining the movement is the most important investment local business organizations can make.”
Executive Director, Local First Arizona
"The new AMIBA website is full of resources, which are ready to use in our organization. Thank you for your help in supporting local businesses in our community.”
Executive Director, Dane Buy Local
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