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Metro IBA Condemns Racism

MetroIBA is an alliance of independent, small businesses in Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area.  Many of our members were impacted by the protests, sustaining damage to their businesses.  While that damage is relatively easy to fix, it does not compare to the unjust and unnecessary death of George Floyd. MetroIBA and its members are committed to […]

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Keep money local — Local businesses spend their money locally.  Research has shown that local businesses recirculate 3X the revenue back into the local economy per sales dollar than do national retailers or online stores.  That money goes to build their community. (Learn more here)

Create jobs —  Independent businesses employ more people per dollar of revenue.  And they are customers of other businesses in the community, expanding opportunities for local entrepreneurs.

They give back to the community – Small businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, teams and schools compared to national businesses

Contribute to a healthier environment – Community based businesses reflect their community.  The typically consume less land, carry local goods, and are located closer to customers. And so create less traffic and air pollution.

They contribute to tax base – These businesses generate more tax revenue per sales dollar, and those taxes are reinvested by the communities.  They place less wear and tear on infrastructure and safety services, which save their communities money.

Recent News

August 28, 2020

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents of Minnesota Affected by Civil Unrest

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August 24, 2020

For a couple of Lake Street businesses, an early glimpse of a new start

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July 22, 2020

Izzy’s Ice Cream teams with Second Harvest Heartland to address hunger in the Twin Cities

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June 30, 2020

It made sense in the 60’s – The story of the Electric Fetus

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