The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), local Independence Business Alliances, national partners and business declare the week of July 1-7 Independents Week. “It’s a time to reflect on the importance of economic democracy and community self-determination by celebrating the nation’s locally owned independent businesses,” says AMIBA director Jennifer Rockne.
Independents Week is a time to recognize your community’s local independent businesses and the values they embody. It’s a celebration of their spirit of entrepreneurism and individuality, and an occasion to recognize their local contributions of time, talent, goods and services.
It’s also an opportunity to recognize the independence of local residents; their ability to think and act for themselves while embracing their part in shaping your community’s future.
Independent businesses employ local designers, contractors, accountants and other vendors. This keeps money circulating in our local economy. Each independent business has the ability to choose their own style of operation giving each community a unique flavor.
Think Local Umpqua is affiliated with the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) and is part of a growing national movement of communities rallying to support their independent businesses, take control of their local economies, and reverse the trend of chains and big boxes displacing locally owned businesses.