American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA)
The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) is dedicated to helping communities become more self-supporting and resilient through fostering a culture that values and supports independent business and local entrepreneurs. AMIBA helping communities launch and successfully operate an Independent Business Alliance® (IBA), as well as providing extensive support, templates and resources for chambers, downtown organizations, local governments, independent trade associations and other entities working to help their local independent businesses thrive. Their Ten Studies of the “Local Economic Premium” helps illustrate the economic multiplier benefit from supporting locally owned businesses.
Survey of inclusive procurement practices and policies by cities and counties
Produced by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, this resource examines 40 cities and counties across the United States, selected for their large population and geographic diversity, to determine trends and best practices in the administration of MWBE and SBE programs
Field guide for health sector leadership
This guide from the Business Alliance for Living, Local Economies (BALLE) is designed to help health care institutions to align the non-clinical assets of their organizations – from hiring to purchasing, investing to operations and facilities – with what actually works to build health in people and communities.
Social enterprise opportunities in the healthcare sector
Authored by REDF, this paper aims to explore how social enterprises can collaborate with and fulfill the existing needs of large healthcare institutions, from both a procurement and hiring standpoint, to create living wage career pathways for people, leading to stronger health outcomes.
Running a Food Hub: Lessons Learned from the Field
Produced by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) office of Rural Development, this report aims to fill the gap in the current research around food hubs, by providing information on operations and “lessons learned” from those involved in starting and operating food hubs.
Wabash County, Illinois case study on inclusive, local sourcing
This case study of Wabash County, a small rural county in Illinois, highlights their new approach to local economic development that prioritizes local planning, local entrepreneurship, local business organizing, local investing and local purchasing. It marks a significant shift from traditional models of economic development focused attracting and retaining outside businesses.
Billion Dollar Roundtable
The Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR) was created in 2001 to recognize and celebrate corporations that have achieved spending of at least $1 billion with minority- and woman-owned suppliers. The BDR promotes and shares best practices in supply chain diversity excellence through the production of white papers. An in-depth guide to supplier diversity and other tools and templates can be purchased via their website.