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Member Event 2024 MetroIBA Annual Meeting

Please join us for our Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 5:00-7:00 PM at Sunrise Bank Corporate Headquarters – 2525 Wabash Avenue, St. Paul 55114.  Lots of free parking available!  Beer, wine, bottled water and light snacks will be available.

This event is FREE and open to all!!  Members are encouraged to come and bring a local, independent business owner to learn more about MetroIBA, network and make connections.

Support Small Business Why Buy Local is Important!

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.

2023 Lowertown Sounds Recent News

MetroIBA is proud to partner with Lowertown Sounds!  Watch for more information regarding 2024 – great music, fabulous food and drink and a fun opportunity to volunteer and support MetroIBA

July 14, 2021

Executive Order seeks to curb big business

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June 17, 2021

Antimonopoly legislation in process!

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April 28, 2021

Independent Businesses Launch Coalition to Fight Monopoly Power

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March 8, 2021

Women-owned businesses are a driver to our economy. Find out why.

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MetroIBA has a unique and rich network of business owners, government agencies and partner organizations that can provide information and answer questions.  Let us know how we can help answer your questions and provide resources.  Submit your questions here and we will get back with an answer as soon as we can.  Thanks for making our community stronger!

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