Local business owners urge people to buy locally this holiday season

11/23/11 Robert Lorei
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Coming up first today we'll talk with Carla Jimenez. She's a board member of r AMIBA (American Independent Bookseller's Association) & TIBA, and co-owner of Inkwood Books in Tampa.

The Tampa Independent Business Alliance (TIBA) is participating with more than 150 other local business alliances representing over 38,000 local businesses in the campaign to Shift Your Shopping. The national campaign encourages everyone to make a “shift” by buying from local independent businesses for the holiday season, offering a simple, way to preserve and create jobs across in our communities by boosting the local economy.

The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), with local affiliates TIBA and Keep Saint Petersburg Local (KSPL) (launching officially on November 19), and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), represented here by Sustainable Pinellas, are the major organizers of Shift Your Shopping. Dozens of unaffiliated alliances and main street coalitions have also joined Shift Your Shopping’s listings, while continuing annual campaigns like AMIBA’s America Unchained!, BALLE’s Buy Local week, Plaid Friday, the colorful alternative to Black Friday, and others.

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