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Valentine’s Day: Show the Local Love

Valentine’s Day: Show the Local Love

This Valentine’s Day, show your “local love” — love for your sweetie and your whole community — by purchasing gifts (or gift-making supplies) and meals (or ingredients) at locally owned businesses.

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AMIBA Leads the Local Movement in Building a Strong Local Economy

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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What Members Say

Jennifer Rubenstein

"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!"

Jennifer Rubenstein

Executive Director, Louisville Independent Business Alliance
Louisville, KY

Mary Alice Scott

"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
Portland, ME

"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.”

Rebecca Melançon

Director of Policy & Research, Local Business Institute
Austin, TX

"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.”

Thomas Barr

Executive Director, Local First Arizona
Phoenix, AZ

"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.”

Colin Murray

Executive Director, Dane Buy Local
Madison WI

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