**Special appearance by Charles Marohn, Jr., author of Thoughts On Building Strong Towns**
**Refreshments provided by Nina’s Coffee Café**
Networking Events are held the first Tuesday of the month at member businesses around the Twin Cities. Please check buylocaltwincities.com for upcoming times and locations. No RSVP required. Guests welcome.
Letter From the Interim President
The release of our Local Holiday Gift Guide means it’s that time of year to report on MetroIBA’s extraordinary accomplishments in 2012. It has been a year of growth and change for our organization. And with this month’s newsletter, I as your interim president proudly pass the torch to newly elected MetroIBA president, Harvey Zuckman of FirstTech Computers.
Thanks to Executive Director Mary Hamel’s dedicated leadership, these are just some of MetroIBA’s achievements in 2012:
Governor Mark Dayton keynoted our largest-ever Annual Meeting in March, hosted by Past-President Jeff Warner at Warners’ Stellian.
MetroIBA participated in policy forums with Representatives McCollum and Ellison and Senator Al Franken.
At our urging, Congressman Keith Ellison and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken signed on as co-sponsors of the Marketplace Fairness and Marketplace Equity Acts, which would ensure internet sales tax fairness.
The investments of nine sustaining members have increased our financial strength and raised our profile in the Twin Cities.
A new Membership Committee led by Tim Medenwaldt, owner of Metro Payroll, has set ambitious goals for growth in 2013.
MetroIBA now has 2,500 Twitter followers and a vibrant social media presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
930 shoppers entered July’s “Celebrate Your Independents” drawing at 25 participating member-owned businesses, organized by the Marketing Committee Chair, Loren Schirber of Castle Building & Remodeling.
At a strategic planning session in August, the board evaluated and reaffirmed MetroIBA’s mission and goals as well as our board committee structure.
MetroIBA assisted in the planning of and attended the 2012 AMIBA National Conference in Louisville in April.
Our staff produced 12 successful and well-attended monthly networking events at member-owned businesses, sent 12 monthly newsletters, and our website averaged 650 unique monthly visitors and over 2,000 monthly page views.
MetroIBA is indeed fortunate that Harvey Zuckman has agreed to take the helm, with the energy and commitment of a successful retailer who knows how to achieve and sustain customer loyalty in a hotly competitive market during trying economic times. Harvey’s leadership as chair of the Public Policy Committee has placed MetroIBA at the table with local, state, and federal office holders. With Harvey’s help, elected leaders now realize that our members are the truly local, truly small businesses who create the jobs and the vitality of our communities.
I look forward to supporting Harvey as the next President of MetroIBA.
Local Holiday Gift Guide Like last year, we are compiling a MetroIBA member “Local Holiday Gift Guide.” Please send us gift ideas from your businesses that you would like to include. Here is what we are looking for:
High Res Photo of a proposed gift idea in the $25-$200 range
Buy Local Media Launch set for Monday, November 19 at 11:00am at Victoria Crossing at Victoria and Grand in St. Paul. Thanks to Karma Boutique and Bread & Chocolate for hosting. We are honored to have Mayor Chris Coleman, Congresswoman Betty McCollum and Dan Marshall, owner of Peapods, as featured speakers. Please bring along a children's gift for Toys for Tots.
In honor of World Food Day on October 16, 2012, the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) announced that it had exceeded its goal of raising $100,000 to be donated to national nonprofit Share Our Strength in support of the organization's No Kid Hungry campaign. The No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting kids to the healthy food they need, every day. NCGA raised $106,500 for this campaign by working with co-op shoppers, partner brands, and 113 food co-ops nationwide, including 10 Twin Cities area food co-ops – City Center Market, Eastside Food Co-op, Just Food Co-op, Linden Hills Co-op, Mississippi Market, River Market Community Co-op, Seward Co-op Grocery & Deli, St. Peter Food Co-op & Deli, Valley Natural Foods, and The Wedge Co-op.
This initiative brought together three events that highlight NCGA and its member food co-ops as they work to address the growing problem of childhood hunger: October as National Co-op Month, World Food Day on October 16, and 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives, as declared by the United Nations in recognition of the tangible economic and social contributions made by cooperative businesses.
Executive Director Mary Hamel and Incoming Board President Harvey Zuckman
New location for Regalo De Oro
New member Regalo De Oro moves and is recognized for its selection of fairly traded offerings. http://bit.ly/UDKrYT
Happy Anniversary Jill Carlson
Jill is our “behind the scenes” staff person who updates the website and directory and does all things administrative for our young organization. Because of Jill, we have been able to keep our website current and our database accurate. Thanks Jill for all you do!