Our goal is to showcase the independent locally-owned home-town businesses that are essential to our economy and give our community character. These are the places the locals go, owned by our friends and neighbors. We welcome you to explore our little piece of heaven, enjoy the uniqueness that is Downtown Stillwater.
What is an Independent Business Alliance®
IBAs work to build vital local economies based on independent, locally-owned businesses and help local entrepreneurs compete successfully against chains, online competitors and others. IBAs unite locally-owned independent businesses, citizens and community organizations to achieve this goal.
IBAs typically accomplish these goals through initiatives within these realms:
Public education about the greater overall value local independents often can provide (even when they are not the cheapest) as well as the vital economic, social and cultural role independent businesses play in the community.
Facilitating cooperative promotion, advertising, purchasing, sharing of skills and resources and other activities to help local businesses gain economies of scale and compete more effectively.
Creating a strong and uncompromised voice to speak for local independents in the local government and media while engaging citizens in guiding the future of their community through democratic action.
Enhancing opportunities for local investment, banking and access to capital for local entrepreneurs.