AIB To Host Roundtable on Succession Planning and Tools for Business Valuation
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AIB has announced an upcoming roundtable call: “Succession Planning and Tools for Business Valuation,” scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 4 p.m. EST. The sale of independent businesses can reinvigorate local markets, and entire industries. Turnover and succession of businesses is a natural … Read More

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

AIB Members Join “Friend of the Court” Brief in Online Sales Tax Case
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This month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case on sales tax collection that could — long after online commerce has transformed the retail sector in the United States — finally give states the authority to require online retailers to collect sales tax. For both local governments and local retailers, it’s a case that’s long overdue. Members of Advocates for Independent Business (AIB) have joined a brief that urges the Court to correct the law on sales tax.

As Federal Government Seeks to Move Purchasing to an “E-Commerce Portal,” AIB Submits Comments
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As the General Services Administration, which oversees the federal government’s annual $50 billion in spending on commercial goods, develops a plan for moving that procurement onto an “e-commerce portal,” Advocates for Independent Business has submitted comments urging GSA to design a program that considers the crucial role of independent, small and medium-sized businesses play in the economy.

The Ripple Effect When You Shop Local (Infographic)
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When you choose locally owned businesses for your shopping, you create a ripple effect. Here’s what happens when you shop local — starting with you.

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