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Dear HumIBA friends and members:
July is Independents Month!
When in the course of human events, it becomes appropriate for communities to assert their independence, to denounce uniformity and celebrate their uniqueness, a respect for freedom and human creativity requires independent businesses and peoples to declare those elements which make them interesting.
This month we’ll be holding our summer mixer and tabling at the Eureka 4th of July celebration to help spread the word about how our Humboldt County businesses make our community unique and independent!
This month the cities of Eureka and Arcata and the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will be passing resolutions declaring July to be Independents Month and acknowledging the Humboldt County Independent Business Alliance and our homegrown businesses for all that you do to make our community a special place we all love.
Join us in this annual celebration of our Independents!
HumIBA Looks to Models From Other IBAs on KHSU’s Thursday Night Talk
Thursday, July 1 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm, KHSU (90.5FM)
To kick off Independents Month, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap and Jon Zaglin of HumIBA will interview other IBA chapters from across the country to discuss the exciting and innovative projects and policies they’re employing to strengthen their local economies and communities.
Stay Local! in New Orleans has been a vigilant advocate for the local independent businesses in the city’s recovery after Hurricane Katrina. They successfully petitioned the State to look local when a State-owned museum was considering bringing Starbucks into an area of the building designated for commercial use. They also developed a close relationship with the Federal Office of Recovery Management and received funds from them to broaden the reach of their directories and bring them into new neighborhoods (each neighborhood has its own directory — the directories helped residents recognize which businesses actually were open in the aftermath of the Hurricane).
The Austin, TX IBA helped convene a meeting of representatives from City Economic Development, commercial real estate, commercial developers (including big mall developers), and other stakeholders that took them into discussion of their issues with each other — good and bad. In trying to find solutions and ways to partner for the better, AIBA held a business expo to help connect local independent businesses wanting to move or expand with developers seeking indies for their developments. They had an expo hall with tables for all attendees to present their information and be available to talk, but they also had breakout sessions for the participants — some dealt with helping the indies to learn more about what they would need to work with the big mall developers, funding options for expansion, available resources through the City, etc. Others helped the big developers, leasing agents, etc. learn about the particular needs of the indies.
The Santa Fe Alliance is engaged in a major project to create a local food distribution system for Northern New Mexico that will help open more local markets to area farmers and connect restaurant and home tables with locally-produced foods. They tapped into a USDA grant and others to help fund the endeavor.
Join Kaitlin and Jon Thursday night for inspiration and ideas we can employ here in Humboldt County. This is a call-in show so you’ll be able to ask our guests questions and engage in the discussion.
KHSU can be found on the radio at 90.5 Arcata/91.9 Crescent City-Brookings/89.1 FM Ferndale-Fortuna/89.7 FM Garberville/99.7 FM and streaming on the web at www.KHSU.org
Stop By Our Table and Celebrate Our Independents!
We’ll be tabling at the Eureka 4th of July Celebration and getting the world out about how community members can keep it local.
HumIBA members are welcome to drop off promotional materials for our table. Give us a call to set up a time to come by: 476-8475. You can also drop off materials at the table on Sunday. We’d love you to come by and pay us a visit!
Thursday, July 8 from 5:30-7:30pm
The mixer is open to everyone and will feature food catered by Yvette Troyna of Sweet Basil Catering, a brief presentation about the HumIBA and our projects, and an opportunity to get to know your neighbors and fellow business owners.
We will also provide information to help businesses take advantage of the HumIBA radio and television Collaborative Advertising Programs we offer through Eureka Television Group and Lost Coast Communications.
Mark your calendars, our next mixer will be October 14.
We’re Almost Ready to Compile the Directory!
We’ve been working to secure sponsorships and financing for the 2010-2011 Local Options Directory. Our designer will be out of the country in July so we’ll be collecting all the final business listings while she is away and the directory will go to print in August.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
If you’ve received a phone call from Amy, Jon or Stephanie about your lapsed membership, please be sure to respond ASAP to keep your membership current.
We can spread the word about the exciting promotions, special offers, discounts, announcements, upcoming events or new products our members want to share with the Humboldt County community. We’d be happy to post links to your website or news articles about your business.
Just email Kaitlin – email@example.com – the short text and link to your announcement and she’ll post it to our page. We’re happy to keep the buzz going about our fabulous HumIBA members – help us help you!
Preference will be given to HumIBA Members. Become a HumIBA Member today to take advantage of this additional promotion for your business.
If your business has a Facebook page, let us know so we can link to you, and please link back to us too! If you have a Facebook account you can visit the HumIBA FB fan page. And please encourage your friends to “Like” our page too!
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.
The last Spotlight on Success was a lot of fun, and this one looks to be even better! AEDC (http://www.aedc1.org) is a Founding Member, and you’re all invited to attend the event. It’s going to be at the Arcata Theater Lounge, which, as a brand new business in our area, not to mention an exciting overhaul of the Arcata Theater, should be very exciting. Be sure to call AEDC for your free tickets, and we’ll be there tabling for HumIBA!
The announcement is as follows:
AEDC’s Annual Celebration of
Small Business Success May 20th!
There’s no getting around it. It’s been a tough year for businesses all over. Humboldt County, however, is home to a special breed of business owner . . . Creative, persistent and constantly aware of how to do more with less. It’s worth celebrating.
Join us at the ARCATA THEATER LOUNGE
Wednesday, May 20th — 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Call for your FREE tickets at (707) 822-4616.
Featuring a special presentation from the Small Business Administration to
Mary Keehn of Cypress Grove Chevre — 2009 Small Business Person of the Year
Local Food Samples : Door Prizes : Music and Dancing : Business Displays and Demonstrations : Beer and Wine available for purchase
Help us shine the spotlight on success!
Last week saw our press-release on the publishing of the Local Optionsdirectory get great placement on page A2, above the fold, in the Times-Standard. We got a lot of good responses from that article. Here’s the link to the article on our website, which is linked at the bottom to the original on the Times-Standard website:
We’re excited to have another intern this summer whose work focus will be on the IBA! Claire Cahen attends Pomona College, a liberal arts school in Claremont, southern California. Claire will help HumIBA put on Independents Week 2009 (http://humiba.org/announcement7-9-08.html), assist us with community education and outreach, and help recruit new members.
Please see our announcement for more details:
Thanks again to Precision Intermedia, we’re going to be launching a revamped website within the next month! While it will look basically the same, as a Drupal content-management system, the functionality will be far superior, including a system which will allow all listers/members to have access to their listings with a user name/password combination, a place for you to upload your logos and images, and, best of all, and auto-generated on-line directory with tags and keywords that will allow users to search for specific goods and services.
With the tags and keywords, we can say goodbye to the “I don’t know which independent businesses have those products” argument for Big-Box shopping! If all of you are able to compile a comprehensive list of your products and services to cut-and-paste into the new system, we’ll be able to make it much easier for folks to come to you for those things. It’s not that folks don’t want to support local and indy, it’s just that it often takes more research and effort to find out where stuff is available.
Scott and our generous HumIBA volunteers have been tabling events the last two weekends. First was the Redwood Empire Artists, Crafters, and Handworkers (REACH) Spring Fever Festival, and this last weekend was the Blue Ox May Day event. We’ve had a few more businesses sign up for free-listings, not to mention a couple of members come out of the work. We’ve been able to speak to a lot of people about the IBA, and have made some good connections in the process. The ongoing exposure is helping to get the Hum Indy Biz brand out there and into the thoughts of Humboldt County’s residents.
Yesterday our listers received an e-mail announcing our 2009 Membership Drive. We hope to grow the organization enough to be able to hire on a full-time, paid staff member to help us do even more. If you didn’t see the announcement, you can see it on-line, here:
If you’re in need of directories, NuGames in Arcata has a stock of them, as well as Signature Coffee in Redway. If you can’t make it out there, let us know, and we’ll do our best to get you some!
“Last year, approximately two dozen young people participated in Step Up for Youth, which provides job opportunities to youths who are at risk in some way. This year, over 100 (possibly 200) youth can participate, due to federal stimulus funds. The employer provides a job during the summer and–of critical importance–attentive mentorship. The County pays the wages and insurances. Interested folks should contact:
StepUp Program Coordinator
We’ve been getting feedback that folks would like to have more opportunities to interact with other HumIBA members, so plans are in the works to begin setting up mixers. If you’d like to provide a space for the mixer, donate some snacks, or help out in arranging it, let Scott know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to do advertising, but not sure you can afford it? Need to cut back your advertising, but want to keep your name out there? Remember that, as HumIBA members, you can participate in our collaborative advertising packages. We have both radio, through KHUM/Lost Coast Communications, and TV, through Eureka Television Group. Next on the list is print advertising through the North Coast Journal!
Check the details and see samples of both the radio and TV spots here (http://www.humiba.org/collaborative_advertising.html).
Our old E-News and Announcements are now available on-line, if you want to refer back to them. They are available here (http://humiba.org/announcements.html#Archive:_E-Announcements).
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