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The Omaha Local Independent Business Alliance (OLIBA)

  • We promote the success of local businesses through education, networking, shared resources and group branding.
  • We encourage a “hometown” quality of life by promoting community values of uniqueness and diversity, caring and sharing.
  • We educate the public to understand that supporting local, independent businesses helps maintain a vibrant local economy.
  • We advocate for local, independent businesses to government and the media.

We are a member of the American Independent Business Alliance.

We will be meeting quarterly in 2017 on the 3rd Monday of the month over the lunch hour:

Jan. 17, 11:30 a.m. at Spirit World
pril 17, 11:30 a.m. location TBD
July 17, 11:30 a.m. location TBD
October 16, 11:30 a.m. location TBD

Join now and become part of the businesses who make a difference!

Why Local?
Local Businesses    |     Building a Better Community

Home is where you live so what better way to support your hometown than supporting your local businesses.   Local businesses are your neighbors and bring diversity, interest, and a unique shopping experience to your community.

Omaha is a friendly place to live, work and shop, a place where the neighbors and local merchants knew each other by name. Folks don’t have to travel far to find the things they need, and we’d like to keep it that way.

Time and progress have brought freeway access to cookie-cutter chain stores, where we often become anonymous faces in the crowd. One thing still remains true, it’s still a friendly place to live, work and shop. Businesses need to encourage and remind the public of the many reasons buying local helps to keep our lifestyle healthy and vibrant here in Omaha.

Impact of buying local
Bought locally? Here’s what you just did!
1. Kept dollars in our economy
For every $100 dollars you spend at one of our local merchants, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend it at a chain? Only $43 stays in Omaha. The remaining $57 goes to a corporate headquarters somewhere far away.
2. Embraced what makes us unique
You don’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the neighborhood. So why would you want your community to look like every other city in the US?
3. Created local jobs
Local businesses are better at creating higher paying jobs for our neighbors.

4. Helped the environment
Buying from a local business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging. You buy products that you know are safe and well-made because local businesses stand behind them..
5. Nurtured the community
We know you and you know us. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.

6. Conserved your tax dollars
Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure and less maintenance. Thus more money is available to beautify our community. Also, spending locally instead of online makes sure your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong. Right here!
7. Created more choices
We pick the merchandise we sell based on what we know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because we can buy for our individual markets.

8. Took advantage of our expertise
You are our neighbors and we have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. We’re passionate about what we do. Why not take advantage of it?
9. Invested in entrepreneurship
Creativity and entrepreneurship are the basis of the American economy. Nurturing local businesses ensures a strong community.
10. Made us a destination
The more interesting and unique we are as a community, the more we we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!



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