Announcement Posts for HumIBA

2009 Membership Drive

We’re coming to the close of a very successful first year, but to ensure that HumIBA can continue and expand the positive community development that comes with supporting Humboldt’s independent businesses, we need to broaden our membership base. To that end, we are going to begin in earnest our 2009 Membership Drive, so please read the following and expect a call from one of our staff, volunteers, or business members encouraging you to join us as a Business Member!
Joining isn’t expensive!  While we encourage business owners to come in at regular membership, we do offer a $50/year intro membership, which works out to less than a cup of locally-brewed coffee a week! Even in tough economic times, that’s not too rough. You could easily recoup your membership fee by availing yourself of some of the discounts you’re eligible for from many of our busines members, and if you participate in even one of our shared advertising campaigns, you’ll save well over what it cost to join in the first place.

Regular Membership Annual Dues:
0 employees: $80 (~ the cost of a 16 oz cup of locally-brewed coffee/week)
1-5 employees: $100 (~ 20 oz cup of locally-brewed coffee/week)
6-15 employees: $120 (< a latte/week)
15+ employees: $160 (< a mocha/week)
Founding Membership (available through June 1): Any business that gives $250 or more in this first year (~double shot mocha with rasberry flavoring and whipped cream/week! Mmmmm….).

While we’re certainly not encouraging you to give up your preferred hot beverage for us (we’d feel bad taking business away from a member coffee shop!), we do want to put in perspective what it really costs to join with other indy biz owners to grow an organization that exists to engage in positive community development through supporting you.

We currently have 120 members and about 450 free-listers. If we can double the number of members (at an average of $80/biz/year), which would mean bringing on only 25% of our free-listers, we would have enough funds to hire on, at a reasonable salary, a full-time staff person, which is a huge step towards lasting sustainability. Scott currently gets a stipend of $350/month for the 30+ hrs a week of work he does for the IBA, an arrangement he will not be able to sustain beyond this summer, despite his passion for community development through independent businesses. Kaitlin’s work is in addition her duties as Executive Director of Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County.

A full-time staff member will be able to better serve HumIBA members by administering education/media to the general public, running a Buy Local First campaign, responding to member needs, and developing new projects to benefit you and our community. Independent Business Alliances are effective because of their ability to maintain momentum and build on it, and the presence of a dedicated, paid staff person is integral to that being possible – and to HumIBA taking it to the next level.

If you want to refresh your memory as to what we do and the potential we have, check the following info and links…
For a list of our member benefits:
For a list of our 2008 accomplishments:
Our current projects:
Collaborative (shared) advertising (
Local Options Independent Business Directory (
Community Education/Tabling
Upcoming: Independents Week, July 1-7 (
Upcoming: Indy Biz Mixers
Check out what other IBAs are doing:
Austin, TX:
Santa Fe, NM:
Albequerqe, NM:
Boulder, CO (the ORIGINAL!):
To join as a member:

Thanks so much for participating and considering membership!
Working together we can keep Humboldt vibrant, unique, and strong…


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