Networking Events are held the first Tuesday of the month at member businesses around the cities. Please check buylocaltwincities.com for upcoming times and locations. No RSVP required. Guests welcome.
Letter From the President
This is my first column as the newly named President of Twin Cities MetroIBA. I hope to earn the trust placed in me by the Board of Directors in the year to come.
I take over leadership of this vibrant organization from the thoughtful guidance of our interim President, Jane Prince. My heartfelt thanks go to Jane for her ongoing commitment and service to MetroIBA and guiding us through this year of transition.
As Jane outlined last month, our dedicated board and devoted staff have made great progress in the last year, and we are now well positioned to grow in the year to come. I look forward to working with our board, staff and members for the benefit of locally owned independent businesses.
Our Buy Local messaging got a great boost on November 19, when St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Congresswoman Betty McCollum helped start off the holiday shopping season at MetroIBA’s Buy Local Media Launch at Victoria Crossing in St. Paul. A healthy crowd was there, WCCO TV aired the story that evening and several other media outlets gave additional coverage in the week following.
A special thanks to Dan Marshall, owner of Peapods Natural Toys and Baby Care for the important message he shared about internet sales tax fairness. The Marketplace Fairness and Marketplace Equity Acts currently before Congress have gotten increased attention in the last few weeks. MetroIBA was instrumental in getting Congressman Keith Ellison and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken to sign on as cosponsors in 2012. We will continue to work for fairness of sales tax collection in the year to come.
As the only Twin Cities wide organization whose sole purpose is to advocate and promote on behalf of locally owned independent businesses, MetroIBA has the opportunity in the next year to take our advocacy and marketing messages to the next level. I hope you will join us for our Legislative Priorities Caucus on December 18. This will be our primary incubator to determine what issues should be on the top of our priority list for 2013. Your attendance will help ensure that we are considering the issues that are most important to our members.
Finally, we all owe a debt of gratitude to our Executive Director, Mary Hamel. Her tireless work, passion for our mission and intense pride set a great example for us all. We have grown dramatically under her direction the last few years and she is the person who keeps the organization running on a day to day basis. Thank you, Mary.
May this holiday season be a good one for us all and lead us into a successful and prosperous 2013!
Harvey Zuckman, FirstTech Computer
MetroIBA Board President
Check out this great video from our Buy Local Holiday Launch:
At the November meeting, MetroIBA adopted a “Legislative Platform to Strengthen Minnesota's Locally Owned Independent Businesses.”
The purpose of drafting this Legislative Platform is two-fold:
to provide the framework that will guide MetroIBA in endorsing issues related to our mission
to give MetroIBA greater ability to be responsive to legislation that is consistent with this framework
The Legislative Platform is intended to be a dynamic document that may be amended from time to time and reviewed on a regular basis.
A Legislative Priorities Caucus will be held on Tuesday, December 18 to provide direction to the board on any specific legislation that MetroIBA may add to our agenda for 2013. Details and registration information on the caucus can be found at buylocaltwincities.com/events. The event will be held at Hamline University School of Law from 6-8pm. We are honored to welcome Representative Frank Hornstein as a special guest speaker.
We are excited to announce educational webinars are in the works for 2013. Stay tuned for dates and topics to be announced soon.
Stacy Mitchell Gives Ted Talk
Senior researcher at The Institute For Local Self Reliance spoke to a group recently on the topic “Why We Can’t Shop Our Way Out Of This,” drawing attention to the need for Policy Change as well as shifting our spending. www.ilsr.org/ted
Just in time for the first big snow, charity knitters give a gift of warmth to homeless at StevenBe http://kare11.tv/QQtE9O
AM950 The Progressive Voice of Minnesota’s 9th Annual Blue State Ball
Join fans and listeners for a night of food, fun & music on Saturday, January 26th at the Minneapolis Hilton. Special guests include Ed Schultz, Thom Hartmann, comedian John Fugelsang from the Stephanie Miller show, Mike Papantonio from Ring of Fire Radio and Norman Goldman.
Pre-sale ticket prices end on Tuesday, January 22nd and then prices go up, so get your discounted prices now! This is a great way to support locally owned radio.