What is the Summit Independent Business Alliance?
Creating Vitality & Enhancing Opportunity
For Locally Owned, Independent Businesses
The mission of the Summit Independent Business Alliance (SIBA) is to increase awareness that independent businesses are critical to sustaining our community and to encourage an environment where entrepreneurs prosper. SIBA is a unique, non-profit organization that's based on a proven business model, and consists of both citizen members and local, "indie-biz" owners. SIBA provides a peer group for entrepreneurs. Independent businesses in Summit County, Colorado are welcome to join- click on "Become a Member".
Learn more about SIBA's mission and the indie-biz movement.
Why support locally owned, independent businesses?
Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns at least 3 times more money to our local economy than one spent at a chain - a benefit we all can bank on.
Local charities, clubs and events would be lost without our independent businesses. Indies donate more than twice as much per sales dollar than chains do.
Protect our environment
Independent, community-serving businesses are people-sized. They consume less land, carry more locally-made products, locate closer to residents and create less traffic and air pollution.
Local businesses put less demand on local roads, sewers, and traffic and safety services than big box stores. They generate more tax revenue per sales dollar, helping keep your taxes lower.
Character and community
Building Healthy independent businesses give our community its one-of-kind personality. Through the causal encounters you enjoy at these neighborhood businesses and the public spaces around them, relationships are built and a sense of local cohesiveness is established. They're the ultimate social networking sites!