Letter from the President:
When contemplating joining FIBA, some fellow business owners have asked, “What do I get out of it? What’s FIBA going to do for me?
FIBA is “a coalition of locally owned independent businesses and community members working together to further develop the economic vitality of Flagstaff while enhancing and preserving its unique character.”
But there’s a more nuanced and truer answer; and it’s “I’m not sure, what do you want to contribute? Share? See happen in and among the local business owner community?” When you join, you’re invited to contribute, not just your thoughts, ideas, time, but also your friendship, camaraderie, your personal connection.
We all care about our bottom line, rightfully so. But we can get isolated, competitive, protective of our turf. The FIBA culture is just the opposite of this.
Even if another FIBA member is in direct or indirect competition with mine, we are one community! Even if I may never be in the market for what you sell, we are one community! Me knowing you and what you provide the community means that when I’m talking and listening around town and the service or commodity you provide comes up, you’ll get my word of mouth referral. All FIBA members that attend and network with other members will think and speak of you and your business whenever the topic arises, and we hope you’ll do the same.
I don’t know how to quantify word of mouth recommendations, but it has been proven that communities with “Independent Business Alliances” have stronger local business sales than communities without them. This is one big reason why.
We are an affiliate of the national American Independent Business Alliance; www.amiba.net which is replete with support and resources for FIBA and for you and your business.
So, what FIBA does for you is a lot, or a WHOLE LOT, depending on the strength of our numbers and our willingness to participate, attend parties and events, volunteer on a subcommittee and/or spread the BUY LOCAL, word!
Join FIBA and join the voice of Flagstaff’s independently owned businesses.
WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER!
Flagstaff Sports Exchange
19 W. Aspen Ave.