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Local Business Conference a Huge Success!


"As executive director, it was an absolute thrill to be so engaged with such a passionate group. The event filled me with energy and enthusiasm for our future. I've always felt this way about AIBA. To help lead an inspiring group of entrepreneurs to pursue your passions is an honor. But rarely have I seen such a cohesive group of individuals share their hopes and dreams and work together to make them a reality. Thank you for the experience. I'm already looking forward to next year when we can share in our success in achieving our collective goals and chart a new course. I hope you'll join me in the Leadership Circle to guide this process."
—Rebecca Melancon, Executive Director
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In October 2013, AIBA held the First Annual Local Business Conference. More than 30 members attended the conference that produced a targeted list of 11 goals for the coming year. 

But as important as outlining these goals, we came together and engaged as a group to set our priorities and chart our course.These goals tell the results of our endeavors but they don't capture the experience of the day working together to plan our future. AIBA isn't a legal structure or a name on a website. AIBA is all of our members working together to achieve a thriving independent business community and a healthier local economy. AIBA is you.

I not only got to meet other local small business owners, I got to provide ideas, priorities and goals for the AIBA for the coming year. Brainstorming achievable objectives with my table group gave me a level of interaction that surpassed the usual meet-and-greet, and gave me an appreciation for their knowledge, skills and work style. I highly recommend everyone set aside time to attend this event next year."

—Ruth Kaplan, Sewfits
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Goals

These goals were decided and prioritized by conference attendees. 
Watch our progress
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City of Austin

1. Hire a Local Business Liaison.
This was introduced in the 2012 Local Business Manifesto and again in the April 2012 City Council Resolution. It's time for local business to have someone to turn to.
2. Improve the process in the permitting department.
The process of obtaining permits is confusing and time consuming. We need to make this easier.
3. Improve approach and implementation of code enforcement.
Change the attitude in this department from a punishment approach to a helpful approach.
4. City of Austin should choose local vendors first.
Create policies and directives to choose local businesses first in all purchases at the City of Austin.

AIBA

5. Make AIBA a more powerful force at City Hall.
Begin by increasing membership and involving more members in City Hall activities. Become more vocal for local!
6. Hold membership drives.
Create and market membership drives.
7. Create more advertising opportunities for members.
Purchase full page ads in local media that AIBA members can participate in.
8. Enhance AIBA member community through an online forum.
Add an interactive forum for members only in the new website. This can be used for ideas, communication, networking, seeking products or services and more.
9. Include more education for members.
Create more events (luncheons, breakfasts, webinars and articles) that inform and educate AIBA members on a variety of topics for business.

Local Businesses

10. Help increase membership.
AIBA will create talking points for members to share with other businesses; hold membership happy hours where members must bring a prospective member to attend.
11. Carry the Buy Local message to customers.
Remember to educate your customers to buy local. Use materials from AIBA and create your own. Include the Buy Local message in everything you do.
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"I think the Austin Independent Business Alliance, and your guidance of it,  is a fantastic way for local businesses to be involved and aware of what affects them and  how to respond to it.
 
I am not normally a "Joiner" but this group is different, and I feel being part of it is important for not only myself as a participant,  but for the possibilities of what we can do for the members of AIBA."
 
—Denise Reid, Mercury Permits
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The 2013 Local Business Conference was sponsored by:

paypal   SenderoHealth
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A special Thank You to Eagle Office Products for their support of the Local Business Conference.
 
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Engage. Identify. Prioritize. Achieve. Measure.  

We accomplished the first three of our objectives at the conference. Now it's time to achieve and measure.
 
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2013 Goals

These goals were decided and prioritized by conference attendees.


City of Austin

1. Hire a Local Business Liaison. IN PROGRESS
This was introduced in the 2012 Local Business Manifesto and again in the April 2012 City Council Resolution. It's time for local business to have someone to turn to.
2. Improve the process in the permitting department. IN PROGRESS
The process of obtaining permits is confusing and time consuming. We need to make this easier.
3. Improve approach and implementation of code enforcement.
Change the attitude in this department from a punishment approach to a helpful approach.
4. City of Austin should choose local vendors first. COMPLETED.
Create policies and directives to choose local businesses first in all purchases at the City of Austin.
 

AIBA

5. Make AIBA a more powerful force at City Hall. COMPLETED.
Begin by increasing membership and involving more members in City Hall activities. Become more vocal for local!
6. Hold membership drives. COMPLETED.
Create and market membership drives.
7. Create more advertising opportunities for members. COMPLETED.
Purchase full page ads in local media that AIBA members can participate in.
8. Enhance AIBA member community through an online forum. COMPLETED.
Add an interactive forum for members only in the new website. This can be used for ideas, communication, networking, seeking products or services and more.
9. Include more education for members. COMPLETED.
Create more events (luncheons, breakfasts, webinars and articles) that inform and educate AIBA members on a variety of topics for business.
 

Local Businesses

10. Help increase membership. COMPLETED.
AIBA will create talking points for members to share with other businesses; hold membership happy hours where members must bring a prospective member to attend.
11. Carry the Buy Local message to customers.COMPLETED.
Remember to educate your customers to buy local. Use materials from AIBA and create your own. Include the Buy Local message in everything you do.

2013 Leadership Circle

The 2013-2014 Leadership Circle of AIBA members is tasked with guiding the process for accomplishing our goals.

Jenny Allenbaugh
Law Offices of Jenny Allenbaugh

Alison Barnwell
Live Oak Gottesman


Jennie Bennett
23rd Street Renaissance
Artists' Market


Linda Burton

Sendero Health Plans

Cameron Lockley
Gusto Italian Kitchen

Denise Reid
Mercury Permits

Thomas Smith
ETMG Insurance
Management Solutions


Sharon Watkins
Chez-Zee

Eric Wilkerson
Tacodeli