Fairhope independent business owners will kick off the inaugural 2014 “Fairhope Local” campaign with a workshop beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 23rd. The seminar will be held at The Venue located at 105 South Section Street in downtown Fairhope.
Fairhope’s longstanding independently-owned bookstore, Page and Palette, is the main sponsor, along with American Express OPEN. The program will be facilitated by Lily Brislen, founding director of “Think Local Umpqua” in Douglas County, Oregon, one of the most successful smaller-town Independent Business Alliances (IBA) in the country. She also serves on the board of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA).
Brislen will discuss and illustrate the economic and civic importance of sustaining a strong base of local, independently-owned businesses. She will also offer practical strategic tools used in her own work, and from other successful IBAs around the country, that Fairhope business owners can implement to thrive and maintain a vital, sustainable community.
Attendees are invited to engage in a planning session following Brislen’s presentation to help develop a strategy for carrying out the new “Fairhope Local” campaign — the first AMIBA in the state of Alabama.
The event is free and refreshments will be provided. An RSVP is appreciated for planning purposes. To RSVP or for more information about the “Fairhope Local” Independent Business Alliance, contact Karin Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251.928.5295.
About Page and Palette Bookstore:
Page and Palette is a third-generation, locally-owned bookstore located in the heart of downtown Fairhope, AL. Since 1968, this local landmark has promoted a love of the written word. It hosts a wide variety of author events, from up-and-coming writers to best-selling celebrities. Page and Palette is known for its strong selection of literary fiction, a great collection of works by local and regional authors, as well as its popular coffee shop, Latte Da. For more information, contact Page and Palette at 251.928.5295 or www.pageandpalette.com.
About American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA):
American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) is a non-profit organization that helps communities launch and successfully operate an IBA, “Buy Independent, Buy Local” campaigns, forward pro-local policies, and other initiatives to support local entrepreneurs and vibrant local economies. For more information, visit www.amiba.net.