We are part of the American Independent Business Alliance. The following paragraphs are taken from www.amiba.net, and explain our organization and formation in Gainesville, Florida.
The American Independent Business Alliance is a national 501c3 non-profit organization helping communities launch and successfully operate an Independent Business Alliance® (IBA), “buy independent, buy local” campaigns, and other efforts to support community enterprise. View our IRS approval letter.
These Alliances are based on a model we pioneered in 1998. Since 2001, IBAs have formed in a diverse range of communities and are playing a crucial role in keeping opportunities alive for entrepreneurs, building more self-reliant communities, and engaging citizens actively in their community’s future. These Alliances already have inspired numerous similar organizations that comprise a key component of a growing Localization Movement.
AMIBA exists to help local IBAs succeed through networking them to share ideas, developing and sharing resources, and advising on operation and strategy.
We also provide consulting services and produce custom materials for municipal governments, independent trade groups, Chambers of Commerce and other entities.
AMIBA is the first national organization to represent the interests of community-based independent businesses in a voice uncompromised by chain or foreign businesses. For more about our positions, please see our Platform for America’s Independent Businesses, produced in partnership with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.