MetroIBA supports independent business through advocacy, education and networking. To level the playing field and allow small businesses to flourish, we advocate the following (organized in alphabetical order):
Strengthen and enforce laws that prohibit predatory pricing and price discrimination.
Preventing the largest retailers from misusing their size and market power to gain an unfair advantage over smaller competitors is essential to protecting consumers and ensuring independent businesses an opportunity to compete.
Business District Revitalization
Support the development of a long-range, comprehensive business district revitalization and small business development plan, and ensure that transportation and infrastructure policies support locally-owned business growth.
Cities should focus their economic development resources on creating and expanding small businesses, and they should develop long-range plans to revitalize their core business districts.
City and state development subsidies and tax incentives should be available to a broad range of developers who serve small and locally-owner independent businesses and revitalize neighborhood commercial districts. These subsidies should be used to improve and build the tax base.
Support and fund comprehensive revitalization and small business development programs.
MetroIBA supports economic development planning focused on helping new entrepreneurs get started and survive, and to supporting the expansion of small businesses. States and cities should direct more of their economic development resources toward local business development in order to prevent the mass displacement of community-based businesses by national and international chains.
Support state and local policies promoting cooperation by all stakeholders in providing the resources and opportunities necessary for workforce development.
The success and long-term competitiveness of any business is directly linked to its ability to access a quality and able workforce. In an increasingly global economy, businesses are better able to succeed if workers have access to education and training to fill more specialized jobs. Small business owners often find it challenging to provide the necessary training and education for their workers. It is imperative that state and local communities recognize that their ability to retain and grow local businesses is directly tied to their commitment to workforce development and education.
Ensure that Eminent Domain is used for providing legitimate public uses.
Finance, Capital and Credit
Enhance the flow of credit and capital to small businesses.
Support reforms that will deliver affordable, quality healthcare to all citizens and will ease the burden on small businesses.
The cost to buy and administer health benefits is a significant barrier to startup and hiring for small businesses. Small businesses are especially disadvantaged by our system, because their size prevents them from obtaining competitive pricing on quality insurance plans, which makes them vulnerable to serious cash flow issues, large increases in expenses and workforce instability.
Promote tax policies that are simple in administration and compliance, and that encourage economic growth fairness between large and small businesses.
Provide incentives to encourage neighboring communities to collaborate on land use planning; to develop a joint process for reviewing developments of regional impact.
Support state and federal legislation requiring all businesses to comply with state and local sales tax regulations and in a manner that eases compliance burdens on small business.
Federal policy currently prohibits states and communities from requiring internet and mail-order companies to collect the same sales taxes that local retailers are required to charge, unless the company maintains a physical presence in the state. This policy gives out-of-state companies a five-to-ten percent price advantage (sometimes even higher) over brick and mortar businesses in most tax districts.
Zoning and Planning Policy
Support planning and zoning policies that support downtowns and community based business districts, encourage the proliferation of small-scale independent businesses.