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Monthly Archives: March 2010

March 2010 Newsletter

  • Wednesday, March 24 – You’re Invited to the First 2010 Mixer
  • Thursday, April 1 – Local Options 2010/2011 Directory Deadline
  • Saturday, April 3 – Plan It Green
  • Check It Out! Join Our Facebook Page
  • Report from Northern CA Regional Gathering of IBA

First 2010 Mixer Hosted By Jambalaya Restaurant in Arcata

Wednesday, March 24 at 5:30pm

The mixer is open to everyone and will feature food provided by Wildberries and Jambalaya, a brief presentation about the HumIBA and our projects, and an opportunity to get to know your neighbors and fellow business owners.

Lost Coast Communications and Eureka Television Group will also provide information to help businesses take advantage of the HumIBA radio and television Collaborative Advertising Programs.

Special thanks to Pete at Jambalaya and Phil at Wildberries for their support!

RSVP to this event through Facebook.

Local Options Listing Deadline Extended

Make Sure Your Listings Are In and Current by April 1, 2010

This really is the last call for updating your listings in the next directory. If you know businesses that aren’t in the 2009 Directory, please make sure to forward them this message so they don’t miss the opportunity for 2010/2011.

To check your listing for accuracy or to make updates, please login to our website using your email address and password. If you’ve forgotten your password you can easily reset it yourself – just follow the instructions to have a temporary password emailed to you. If you have any trouble, don’t hesitate to give us a call (476-8475) or email Kaitlin.

If you would like to take advantage of Membership advantages — including the opportunity to have your listings highlighted with our crab logo, a description or your business included, or your business logo in the directory — please make sure your dues are current. Click here to sign up for Membership or learn more.

Members who need to renew for 2010 will be emailed invoices by Monday, March 22 so be sure to check your Inbox!

HumIBA Co-Sponsors Plan It Green Conference

Saturday, April 3 from 8:00am to 8:00pm, Arcata Community Center

The conference kick-offs Saturday morning with our beloved Farmer’s Market — the first of 2010.

The day will progress with a series of hands-on workshops about topics ranging from backyard gardening and food preservation to green jobs and local economic development.

There will also be a poster presentation room with passive displays and good strong coffee (the stimulus package).

The tradeshow-expo will run from 9 am to 5 pm giving you plenty of time to talk with experts and look over the goods and services being offered locally.

There will also be music, electric vehicles, and a Kid’s Zone. The day will end with a keynote address from Tim LaSalle, the Executive Director of the Rodale Institute. Tim has been advising President Obama on the benefits of organic agricultural in reducing green house gas emissions.

The entire event is free and open to the public.

HumIBA on Facebook!

Please Become a “Fan” of Our Page and Let’s Link to Each Other

In the last month we’ve noticed the explosion of Humboldt County Indy Businesses on Facebook and we thought we better join in the networking fun!

Please check out our page and become a fan. And we’d love to showcase the pages of our membership through the “Favorite Pages” option on the lower left-hand side of all pages. Please make the HumIBA one of your favorites too, to let your customers know we’re all working together to keep Humboldt unique and special, just like your business.

Please let us know if you’ve linked to us, and we’ll do the same for you!

Report from Northern CA Regional IBA Gathering

Independent Business Community of Northern California is Getting Organized!

On March 8, 2010 the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) held its first ever regional conference in Oakland,CA. From Eureka to Fresno, city governments to budding business alliances, there were over fifteen organizations represented at the seven-hour round table discussion. It didn’t take long for the electricity generated during the meet and greet to escalate into a full-out brainstorm once Jeff Milchen (founder of AMIBA) opened the floor.

While much of the conversation served to clarify and affirm the goals, principles and benefits of Independent Business Alliances, there were a few juicy ideas that captured the group’s attention and imagination. One of these was the customer loyalty card project of the Sonoma County IBA. Working with a local bank, GoLocal Sonoma County has created a loyalty card that is sold to individuals at a flat annual rate and which accrues discounts for the customer with each purchase at IBA stores. According to Kelley Rajala of GoLocal, the swipe-card equipment and software is inexpensive and easy to install and use. One of the collateral benefits of the loyalty card is that the software will enable GoLocal to track important information about local purchasing patterns which may be used
in economic analyses.

Another topic that commanded attention was public policy. Some policies protect and promote local businesses while others can make their survival a practical impossibility. Among economic policies which stack the chips against Indy business are those which promote “Big Game Hunting,” or the
attraction of Big-Box retailers and foreign manufacturers with sometimes millions of dollars in tax-breaks and subsidies. AMIBA suggests this approach be replaced with policies promoting “Economic Gardening,” or the practice of nurturing and growing a vibrant local economy. To that end, HumIBA is working with the Humboldt County Supervisors to pass a local preference policy that would support our independent businesses. Contact us for details.

Another policy problem that arose was that of “Corporate Personhood,” or the legal doctrine that allows corporations to wield human constitutional rights against democratically enacted laws. If local populations are ever to pass and preserve laws that help independent businesses and local economies flourish, Corporate Personhood must first be abolished.

Other actions that were briefly touched upon include group purchasing of generic items such as paper cups and plates, but customizing them to promote independent businesses (the IBA in Boulder, CO found that even with custom paper cups the net cost was ultimately less for each business). Another was to sponsor a public screening of “Independent America: Rising from the Ruins” a documentary film about the trials and triumphs of the recovery of New Orleans’ local businesses.

For more fresh ideas coming out of the Northern California independent business community, and for more information about AmIBA, visit AmIBA.net [http://www.amiba.net].

Thanks to our intern Taylor Steelman for travelling to Oakland to represent HumIBA and for providing this report