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Metro Independent Business Alliance is open to independent businesses, retailers and business to business, non-profits, and supportive citizens from the Twin Cities Metro area.    See the Membership Guidelines page for more. MetroIBA is the voice of the small business community in shaping public policy, the structure behind the Buy Local movement, and the place for locally-owned independents to come together to make connections, share lessons learned, and conduct business. And we need you! You'll receive:


Increased Exposure: Through publicized events like Celebrate your Independents and our Buy Local Media Launch, we promote member businesses and the value of shopping local to a wide audience.

Targeted Marketing: Get direct access to local consumers through our online member directory, social media, and citizen members who are committed to buying local.

Community Connections: Our members stay connected through monthly networking events, our members-only listserv discussion group, and discount programs. Time and time again our members prove that they prefer to do business with other members.

Public Policy: Through meetings with our senators, congress members, governor, state, and local leaders, MetroIBA has influenced the issues that impact the small business community such as our successful lobbying for both Minnesota Senators' co-sponsorship of the Marketplace Fairness Act. 

Education: With webinars, roundtables, and special guest speakers, we support our members' continued education on topics ranging from retirement planning and healthcare reform to easing the hiring process and delivering excellent customer service.


Membership for businesses is $180 (plus $50 per each additional storefront); $180 for non-profits, and $50 for citizens.

If you support the mission and goals of MetroIBA, but do not qualify for membership, you are invited to join our "Friends of MetroIBA" category, by donating $50-$1,000. Your contribution will be recognized in our online and print directories.

Don't own a business? Show your support for the buy local movement by becoming a non-member friend of the organization. For just $10 and a pledge to support local independent businesses, click here. 

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