Q. How is CIBA different from other business organizations?
In Corvallis there are a wide variety of organizations for different businesses. However, none before CIBA focused exclusively on the needs, concerns and unique perspectives of the local, independent businessperson. We feel CIBA is a positive, educational force for a fundamentally important segment of our community: the locally owned, independent business.
Q. Is CIBA working with other business and governmental entities?
Although CIBA is an independent business alliance representing locally owned/managed businesses only, it recognizes that a variety of business types are necessary and desirable in a city our size. We work collaboratively with other business organizations on matters of common concern. CIBA also has been involved with a number of pertinent local government and community task forces, committees and work groups.
Q. How can CIBA benefit my business?
- CIBA provides advantages of cooperation to its members through shared marketing and promotions.
- CIBA promotes events such as Buy Local campaigns and other public education activities that increase member visibility and customer patronage.
- CIBA advocates for all independent businesses and for a strong commitment to the unique and diverse character of our community.
- CIBA offers networking opportunities and timely information through its membership meetings and other community forums.
- CIBA maintains on online directory of current member businesses (www.corvallisiba.org).
Q. Is CIBA opposed to chain stores or “big box” enterprises?
An ideal business atmosphere is one where all the needs of the citizens are met, leaving no perception that it may be necessary to travel outside the community in order to be satisfied. This requires a healthy mix of independent, locally owned businesses along with some national chains.
It is CIBA’s mission to promote, maintain, and support a vibrant community of independent businesses within that mix. Through our alliance, we hope to better serve Corvallis and improve our importance to its people.
Q. How does CIBA help businesses who are threatened by large out-of-town businesses?
One “advantage” the national chains have over the small independents is that they have the resources to develop a comprehensive business and marketing plan, and then duplicate it around the country. By working together we can “level the playing” field by sharing our common experiences. We can then draw upon our unique talents to develop practical solutions to the everyday realities of business here in Corvallis. Our solutions are specifically local and tailored to be the best fit for our market, not some generalized regional area.
Corvallis business owners are the ones who best know Corvallis customers. CIBA can help our members share their knowledge, emphasize their strengths and adjust for any perceived shortcomings.
Q. How did CIBA get started?
A group of local, independent business owners and concerned citizens who recognized and appreciated the unique character of the Corvallis community came together during the fall of 2001. Over the course of nine months, a committee of about 20 people designed CIBA. In March of 2002, the organization started operating with a board of directors, and began accepting business and associate membership in May of 2002.
Q. How is the CIBA funded?
Funding for CIBA comes primarily from membership dues. We may apply for outside funding to support projects and programs. We also work in partnership with other organizations, generous businesses and dedicated volunteers to hold events, such as the popular Buy Local First Breakfasts. It is the ongoing support through membership dues of local, independent businesses, however, that allows CIBA to continue carrying out our mission.
Q. How can I become involved?
Participation in CIBA assures the strength and integrity of the organization as we continue to provide benefits to local businesses and the community. If you are not a member, please consider joining CIBA. Attend CIBA Membership Meetings in January, March, May, July, September and November, and let us know the issues and concerns you would like us to address. We welcome your participation on various committees and work groups. We also elect Board members each year.
Please contact us for more information – we welcome your input, energy, experience and time!