The New England Independent Booksellers Association Board voted in favor of supporting two applications for NEIBA Shop Local Grants.
The Webster-Dudley (MA) Business Alliance will receive $500 to help create their "Support Your Independents" Membership Directory. This is the second grant given to the Webster Dudley Business Alliance for a total of $1000. Current WDBA president Debra Horan is a member of NEIBA since 1995.
The newly formed Be Local Concord (NH) business Alliance was awarded $2000 towards the creation of a new website.
Last holiday season proved to be a tipping point in consumer awareness of shopping locally, with studies showing stronger sales in communities with local business alliances.
The NEIBA Shop Local Grant program was established in 2007 to promote consumer awareness of supporting locally owned, independent businesses. To date they have proudly awarded 22 grants totaling $38,000.