AMERICAN INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ALLIANCE

aka AMIBA   |   Bozeman, MT   |  www.AMIBA.net

Mission

The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) is a national 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping communities become more self-supporting and resilient through fostering a culture that values and supports independent business and local entrepreneurs.
 
AMIBA currently supports 90+ community-based affiliate groups, known as Independent Business Alliances (IBAs) across 40 states and has helped many more cities and towns with programs to support their local independents. AMIBA affiliates represent approximately 30,000 independent businesses covering virtually every sector of business, many of which face direct competition from major chain and online merchants. They represent communities of all sizes, demographics, and political leanings, united by a common thread of support for community and the opportunity for people to own their own business.

Ruling year info

2010

Co-director

Jennifer Rockne

Co-director

Jeff Milchen

Main address

222 S Black Ave

Bozeman, MT 59715 USA

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EIN

84-1602447

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Economic Development (S30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

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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.

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Financials

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AMERICAN INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ALLIANCE

Board of directors
as of 8/30/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jennifer Rubenstein

Louisville Independent Business Alliance

Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

Dana Eness Executive Director

Stay Local! (New Orleans)

Jennifer Rubenstein Executive Director

Louisville Independent Business Alliance, Kentucky

Lily Brislen Director

The Food Connection, University of Kentucky - Lexington

Nicole Kelly Owner

The Hideaway Cafe, St. Petersburg, Florida

Colin Murray Director

Dane Buy Local

Kristi Streiffert Director

Local First - Durango

Laury Hammel Director

Sustainable Business Alliance of Massachusetts

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