How Warren County can help independent businesses thrive, strengthen our local economy and maintain a vital, sustainable community
Held at the Warren County Community Center on May 1st, AMIBA’S Strength in Numbers training combined a presentation and workshop that provided participants an up-close look at how an Independent Business Alliance functions and the lessons they've learned through their experience of helping more than 80 organizations through the organizing process. The comprehensive workshop is invaluable in jumpstarting a new local alliance with focus on building a culture of support for entrepreneurism, local branding, organization, funding, and much more. They will include plenty of discussion time and work with us to achieve concrete progress in building the foundation for our work.
The opening presentation detailed the economic, civic, environmental and other benefits of independent, community based business and some of the hidden costs accompanying reliance on absentee businesses or chain proliferation. Their slideshow provided visual examples from successful campaigns in numerous communities to illustrate Buy Local campaigns, programs to nurture local entrepreneurs, policy initiatives and more.