AIB Hails New Requirement for Subsidy Transparency
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Advocates for Independent Business (AIB) today hailed a newly issued accounting rule that will require local and state governments to annually disclose the amount of tax breaks they give to corporations in the name of economic development. The rule change … Read More

How Washington Punishes Small Business
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by Stacy Mitchell and Fred Clements This article was first published as an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. Small business looms large in American political rhetoric. From the campaign trail to the floor of the U.S. House and Senate, … Read More

AIB Submits Comments on New Rule to Require Governments to Disclose Tax Breaks for Economic Development
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AIB has submitted comments in support of an important proposal to change the accounting rules that local and state governments follow. The change would require governments to disclose the tax breaks and incentives they provide to companies for economic development … Read More

AIB Groups Urge Senate to Pass Marketplace & Internet Tax Fairness Act
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In a letter sent this week to every member of the U.S. Senate, AIB member organizations cheered the introduction of the Marketplace & Internet Tax Fairness Act and urged its passage. The legislation, which authorizes states to pass legislation requiring … Read More

AIB’s Backgrounder on the Small Business Credit Crunch
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A significant share of locally owned businesses are struggling to secure the financing they need to grow.  Our 2014 Independent Business Survey found that 42 percent of local businesses that needed a loan in the previous two years had been unable to … Read More

AIB Statement on House Judiciary Committee’s Internet Sales Tax Hearing
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 11, 2014 WASHINGTON D.C. – The Advocates for Independent Business, a coalition of 11 national organization representing over 100,000 small businesses, issued the following statement regarding tomorrow’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on “Alternative Solutions to the Internet Sales Tax Issue”: “This … Read More

Independent Business Owners Report Growing Public Support, Call for Policies to Level the Playing Field
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Today the Advocates for Independent Business and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance released the results of a national survey of 2,602 independent business owners.  The survey found that the Buy Local message is boosting customer traffic and improving the outlook on Main Street, but policymakers need … Read More

Coalition Members Share Tips for Creating Events that Engage Consumers in Supporting Indies
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On Tuesday, AIB’s member organizations participated in a collaborative webinar to share strategies for creating dynamic consumer events and campaigns that build support for independent businesses. Eric Levin of the Alliance for Independent Media Stores provided details about Record Store … Read More

ASAE Covers AIB Formation
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Rob Stott, writing in Associations Now, a magazine published by the American Society of Association Executives, covers the AIB’s founding: Seven trade associations representing a variety of industries are launching a new coalition aimed at “bringing the conversation back to issues … Read More

Business Week Publishes AIB Commentary on Internet Sales Tax Fairness
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In a commentary published today in Business Week, AIB co-founders Kathleen McHugh (American Specialty Toy Retailing Association) and Oren Teicher (American Booksellers Association) outline why passing internet sales tax fairness legislation is of critical importance to the nation’s small businesses.  They urge … Read More

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