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Choose Indie Local: Build Stronger Local, Equitable, and Sustainable Economies

Campaign Introduction:

Engage your community in the Choose Indie Local movement — as investors, creators, owners, and Indie Local champions — inspired by independent businesses’ impact on community health and wealth.

$1,510

Funds Raised

$1,500

Funding Goal

Apr 2024

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$1,510

Funds Raised

$1,500

Funding Goal

Apr 2024

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Campaign Story

Led locally but aligned nationally, the American Independent Business Alliance’s (AMIBA) Choose Indie Local program transcends the word “shop.”

We envision individuals engaging with this movement at all levels — not just as shoppers but as investors, creators, owners, and Indie Local champions — inspired by independent businesses’ impact on community health and wealth.

Together, we build stronger local, equitable, and sustainable economies.

Last year, our program attracted 463 partners who amplified the Choose Indie Local message through nine campaign themes. We plan to reach the same number of partners in 2024 and offer the same campaign themes but go deeper — inspiring deeper partner engagement and campaign impact.

Our partners range from independent business alliances, chambers of commerce, trade associations, and other local economy organizations to independent and locally owned businesses, including retailers and service providers. Partners also come from different parts of the country, representing urban, rural, and suburban areas.

This diversity helps enrich our program but also makes meeting all of our partners’ needs challenging.

To meet our partners’ needs better, we will develop an online platform to help them build more effective campaigns, access best practices, and connect with other national leaders. Ultimately, our platform would cultivate a community of practice to meet shared goals and build our movement collectively.

Help inspire our communities to boost the ripple effect of economic and community benefits we receive when we spend and invest dollars at locally owned businesses. Support our plan to create an online platform that works for more partners.


 

Our Fundraising Thresholds (if we raise $x, we’ll do y):

  • $1,500: Lauch a Pilot Platform (web plug-in, web developer, graphic designer)
  • $2,500: Keep platform free to all AMIBA members for 2024
  • $5,000: Keep platform free to all Choose Indie Local partners for 2024

 

Campaign Contributions

Name Location Date
, April 13, 2024
Keene, NH March 31, 2024
White Mountain Independents North Conway, NH March 20, 2024
The Local Crowd Laramie, WY March 06, 2024
Laury Hammel Wayland, MA February 11, 2024
Sonyah Spencer Concord, NC February 06, 2024
Studio Patty D Geneva, IL January 27, 2024
Anonymous Keene, MA January 25, 2024
Gomez Art Supply Lincoln, NE January 19, 2024
Gomez Art Supply Lincoln, NE January 19, 2024
The Super Crowd, Inc., a public benefit corporation Stockton, CA January 16, 2024
Jennifer Rubenstein Louisville, KY January 13, 2024
Kathleen E Roark GRAND RAPIDS, MI January 09, 2024
Jessica David East Greenwich, RI January 05, 2024
The Local Crowd Monadnock Keene, NH January 03, 2024
Jennifer Risley Keene, NH January 02, 2024

Campaign Updates

  • January 18, 2024

    Thank you: We reached 35% of our goal

    Thanks to your support, we’re off to a fantastic start to our Choose Indie Local crowdfunding campaign!

    We look forward to reaching out to more campaign partners next week and hope to reach the 50% mark by the end of next week.  Please keep spreading the word through your networks — and THANK YOU again!!!  Best, Jen Risley, AMIBA Director of Operations

  • January 28, 2024

    We Surpassed the Half-Way Mark

    We did it!  We reached the HALF-WAY MARK with about two more weeks to go.

    That success (thanks to you) sets us up for a great chance of reaching our final goal and moving forward with our plan to create an online platform that works for more Choose Indie Local partners.

    Please help spread the word by sharing this post today!  THANK YOU AGAIN!!!

  • February 13, 2024

    New Rewards Added

    We added two new rewards! 

    Please share one of them today on social media and help us spread the word — and reach 75% of our goal by the end of the week.

  • April 15, 2024

    We Did It: Thank you so much for your support

    Thanks to your support, we met our Choose Indie Local Crowdfunding goal!  Woo-hoo!

    Please stay tuned for our progress in creating an online platform that helps our partners strengthen their Choose Indie Local campaigns.

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