New Independent Business Coalition Helps Communities Support Independent Businesses and Resist Chain Proliferation

The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) is a new national organization to help establish IBAs in other communities, provide a resource clearinghouse, and coordinate efforts among IBA nationwide.

When the Boulder (Colorado) Independent Business Alliance was was launched in January 1998, it was the first effort of its kind working with independent community-based businesses of all kinds to help them compete successfully against the chains and reverse the trend of losing community-based businesses. By its third year, BIBA had united over 150 member businesses and made a tremendous impact on community consciousness.

AMIBA will help others initiate IBAs and to network and share resources among them. An issue of In Business magazine features a cover story on Independent Business Alliances and related efforts to support independent busineses at the community level nationwide.

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