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  • Shop Indie Local: November is the new December!
    AMIBA participated in informing the development of a landmark new report, “Big Ideas for Small Business,” which was launched by a collaborative of organizations, businesses and universities to give the incoming Biden administration “A Five-Step Roadmap for Rebuilding the U.S. Small-Business Sector, Reviving Entrepreneurship, and Closing the Racial Wealth Gap.”  
    This report extensively documents the challenges facing small and independent businesses -- before and since the COVID-19 pandemic -- and it gives particular attention to the acute barriers facing minority business owners. The report proposes a 5-step roadmap:
    • Respond to the COVID-19 Crisisin the Small Business Sector via tailored loan and grant products; 
    • Unleash America’s Entrepreneurial Spiritby reducing barriers to entry, strengthening antitrust law and enforcement and investing in entrepreneurship among underrepresented founders; 
    • Shape a Financial System that Works for Main Streetthrough a new generation of federally backed debt and equity products, and strengthening local-focused financial institutions;  
    • Harness the Power of Public and Private Procurement; and
    • Measure to Manageby expanding and improving data on small business sectors and using that data to evaluate and refine programs over time.  
    You can read two great summary versions and learn more about the initiative at Bigideasforsmallbusiness.org
    Leaders of Local Roundtable Returns!
    A rebooted Leaders of Local Roundtable launched November 12, featuring…. You! In this one-hour session, IBA and affiliated organization leaders get to talk shop, share their successes, learn from their challenges and build the kind of community they need. Catch what you missed on AMIBA’s YouTube channel, right here:https://youtu.be/7mZKh4qe6XA
    Check out the recording of the most recent Leaders of Local Roundtable here, and watch your social media for news on the next one, currently scheduled for December 10. To make sure you don’t miss out, request to join the Independent Business Alliance Leaders Facebook group, where IBA leaders share ideas and get help on the daily.