Stronger Together – Building Bridges To Main Street Business

Sunday, June 8th, 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Room 340

The proliferation of big box stores and chains in cities and towns across America has led to an economic geography that is considerably less interesting, sustainable, equitable, and democratic than most of us would like, but it doesn't have to be that way.  Over the past decade, The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) has built a network of Independent Business Alliances whose work to build strong communities and sustainable local economies has created a significant impact.  Currently representing over 24,000 local and independent businesses across 36 States and a wide variety of geographies, the AMIBA network is established and growing.  In this session, participants will learn about the impact these organizations have had on local economies and the lessons we've learned through our experience supporting the growth and development of on the ground networks.  The session will also identify the built infrastructure of Independent Business Alliances and how they can make effective partners in reaching new audiences driving change.

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