AMERICAN INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ALLIANCE

Because Community Matters.

aka AMIBA   |   Cincinnati, OH   |  www.AMIBA.net

Mission

The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) is dedicated to strengthening independent business, empowering citizens, and refocusing government to build community vitality and broaden opportunity for all.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Derek Peebles

Main address

PO Box 6601

Cincinnati, OH 41071 USA

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EIN

84-1602447

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Economic Development (S30)

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Our programs

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Independent Business Alliance Development

AMIBA helps communities employ the Independent Business Alliance (IBA) model. An IBA is a coalition of local independent businesses, community organizations and citizens. The IBA utilizes a three-pronged approach to achieve AMIBA's goals: 1) public education about the important role independent businesses play in the community and local economy; 2) collaborative promotion and advertising for member businesses to help increase their collective profile and build their interdependence; 3) build lasting relationships with local government to bring to them an awareness of the issues facing the community's independent businesses , to give home town businesses a voice, and to help instigate positive policy changes that support resident-owned business and allow entrepreneurship to thrive. AMIBA coordinates two annual national campaigns, Independents Week each July and Shift Your Shopping each November-December. These campaigns build community and educate the public, both locally and nationally. AMIBA invites other organizations, citizens and independent business owners to participate; AMIBA affiliation is not required. These campaigns have opened the door for organizations serving the interests of a single business sector to connect with each other and to recognize the need to work together across sectors as a vital component to their members' survival.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In early 2015, we created signs and graphics for businesses and organization to help stand against localized outbreaks of bigotry. More widespread problems following the 2016 U.S. elections inspired us to produce window decals and an action plan to help our local affiliates take a lead in countering bigotry.

Additional components of the campaign are:

Production and distribution of 50,000 “We Welcome Everybody” window decals to enable free distribution to businesses, churches, schools and organizations.
Designing and distributing advertisements for free adaptation and co-branding by non-profits or businesses continent-wide to create a small business voice against discrimination. Ads also will be offered in Spanish.

Recorded radio public service announcements conveying how diversity strengthens local economies and community -- freely available for broadcast on radio anywhere.

Providing multiple “trainings of trainers,” from which participants will return home with experience and models to facilitate community forums — ideally partnering with other local organizations, churches, etc. These forums aim to host people of diverse perspectives for challenging discussions — organized and facilitated to help deepen understanding, defuse confrontations and ultimately create local action plans for safer and more respectful communities.

While other related programs exist, we believe local business coalitions are uniquely positioned to attract people that may not feel comfortable joining forums presented by groups with obvious political or cultural agendas.

In 2019, we will add a program director to drive and build this important program.

https://www.amiba.net/welcome-signs/

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults

Currently in development, the Center for Community Ownership (CCO) The Center for Community Ownership will assist under-served rural communities and urban neighborhoods in creating community-owned, for-profit retail and grocery stores to fill essential needs. The CCO will compile best practices, common challenges, and resources for creating community-owned businesses that can be shared with communities nationwide. The CCO will refine, adapt and help people employ community-owned business models to address critical local needs and seize opportunities to build equitable local prosperity while enabling people with wealth to invest in their own communities. Other community-owned business opportunities include locally-generated media, general stores, child care, and food production facilities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Financials

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AMERICAN INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ALLIANCE

Board of directors
as of 3/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Colin Murray

Dane Buy Local

Term: 2018 - 2020

Dana Eness

Stay Local! (New Orleans)

Jennifer Rubenstein

Louisville Independent Business Alliance, Kentucky

Lily Brislen

The Food Connection, University of Kentucky - Lexington

Colin Murray

Dane Buy Local

Kristi Streiffert

Local First - Durango

Laury Hammel

Sustainable Business Alliance of Massachusetts

Tom Lowenburg

Octavia Books, New Orleans

Pamela Standing

Minnesota Indian Business Alliance

Derek Peebles

Economics of Compassion, Cincinnati

George Farah

Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll, PLLC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No