AIB to Host Roundtable Call on Running and Growing Your Association
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AIB has announced an upcoming roundtable call: “Running and Growing Your Association,” scheduled this spring on Monday, June 17, 2019. Independent business associations across sectors provide valuable tools and education to their member businesses, but how does an association most effectively grow its membership? How does … Read More

In Joint Comments to Federal Trade Commission, AIB Members Oppose Recently Approved Staples-Essendant Merger
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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently approved a merger between office-supply chain Staples and Essendant, one of just two national wholesale companies upon which independent office products dealers rely — giving control of this important supplier to one of their biggest competitors. In joint … Read More

In Support of Antitrust Rulemaking, AIB Members Submit Comments to Federal Trade Commission on Impact of Amazon’s Platform Power
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In joint comments submitted this fall to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in regards to the agency’s latest hearings on “Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century,” Advocates for Independent Business members voiced concern that concentrated market power and … Read More

Local Policy Matters, New Advocacy Toolkit Outlines Local Policies to Support Independent Businesses
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Putting the right local policies in place can give independent businesses a fair chance to compete and thrive. Locally owned businesses play a central role in healthy communities. They’re engines of opportunity, creating jobs and providing pathways to the middle … Read More

Following Recent Supreme Court Ruling, AIB Members Applaud Step Toward Sales Tax Fairness
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On June 21, the U.S. Supreme Court granted states the authority to require out-of-state and online retailers to collect sales tax, in a welcome victory for independent businesses. The decision represents a major victory in a long, hard fought battle … Read More

AIB to Host Spring and Summer Roundtable Calls for Member Groups on Success Stories and Succession Planning in Independent Businesses
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AIB has announced two roundtable calls planned for this spring and summer: “Sharing Success Stories and Innovation,” on Monday, April 30, followed by “Succession Planning in Independent Businesses,” on Monday, July 9. The first call will provide a space for … Read More