Maine Voices: Covid-battered Local Businesses Need Congress to Step Up

From Portland Press Herald. By AMIBA Board of Directors member Mary Alice Scott.  

For local businesses in Portland, the future is bleak. Portland Buy Local recently surveyed our members and found that nearly 30 percent are considering permanently closing.

This isn’t unique to Portland, and yet national leaders don’t seem bothered by the grim reality that our communities could soon be filled with shuttered storefronts.

Anti-Monopoly Fund Funnels $1 Million into Antitrust Efforts


A group pushing for more competitive markets is funneling more than $1 million into initiatives that promote stronger antitrust enforcement as U.S. regulators examine whether Silicon Valley’s biggest companies have too much power over commerce.

Three Banks Award $33K Grant to Help Support Tourism in Las Vegas, New Mexico


Southwest Capital Bank, Community 1st Bank Las Vegas (Community 1st Bank) and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) have provided $33,000 in Partnership Grant Program (PGP) funds to help a nonprofit foundation in Las Vegas, New Mexico, market the city to tourists.

‘Downtown on the Farm’ continues at a social distance in 2020


Downtown on the Farm, presented by Locally Owned Murfreesboro, is BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) in 2020, the nonprofit announced. The organizing committee has taken the current public health situation into consideration and made adjustments to this year’s annual farm-to-table fundraising dinner.

What Will It Take To Save America's Small Businesses?


Devastation for American small businesses. Federal relief funds ran out almost instantaneously. More may be on the way, but what can be done to save small business?

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