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Saturday, October 29, 2011


I just want to take a moment to give hugs,kisses,and thanks to all who sponsored,honored,and participated in all of, or even part of, all the things that were happening in downtown New Albany Last night.
In case you missed out here is what all was happening.
Importance of Localism with AMIBA's Jeff Milchen
Jeff Milchen, co-founder of the American Independent Business Alliance
(AMIBA) and a leading advocate for community-based businesses, will
speak at the River City Winery, 321 Pearl Street on Friday and
Saturday, October 28th and 29th in New Albany.

Strength in Numbers Workshop with AMIBA's Jeff Milchen
Milchen will offer a
provocative presentation illustrating the economic and civic
importance of sustaining a strong base of local, independently-owned
business. He’ll provide numerous success stories of programs developed
to support community-based businesses and keep them thriving in the

Enjoy a New Albany Evening of Art, Music, Localism and Sustainability!
*Opening Reception for "Powering Creativity: Air, Fuel, Heat", 6:00-8:00 pm at the Carnegie Center, presented with Ohio Valley Creative Energy

*Deinstallation Celebration for "Brew History: All Bottled Up", 6:00-8:00 pm, New Albanian Brewing Company Bank Street Brewhouse, across Bank St. from the Carnegie Center

*Unveiling of NABC's IX – Ninth Anniversary Ale, an Imperial Smoked Chocolate Port Barrel Stout, in honor of their 9th anniversary of brewing

*New book "Sculpture and Design With Recycled Glass" available, featuring "Brew History: All Bottled Up". For sale courtesy of Destinations Booksellers, which is celebrating 7 years in New Albany in October 2011

*Presentation and Discussion on Localism and Independent Businesses, 7:00 pm, River City Winery, 321 Pearl St.

*After Party in the NABC Parking Lot, Featuring Music by Toledo Bend (courtesy of The Dandy Lion) 8:00 pm

On Oct. 28, you can help NABC say goodbye to Leticia Bajuyo’s “Brew History: All Bottled Up.”

It’s time for NABC to bid a fond farewell to Leticia Bajuyo’s “Brew History: All Bottled Up,” the New Albany Public Art Project Bicentennial Series installation commemorating New Albany’s breweries and taverns.
It’ll be no ordinary wake, because in the process of honoring Leticia and her creation, we’ll be weaving together elements of art, recycling, alternative energy, localism … and plenty of beer.
I have been a believer in the concepts and beliefs of the benefits of buying local in an individuals local community for just over a year now. I have made many postings on our facebook page and here on this blog about such matters. The posts on this blog are still here to read for any understanding or benefits thereof of this national trend to come back to the importance of our own individual communities for strength and growth. SOOOOO I will not chatter about the benefits of BUY LOCAL today but share what occured and was a successful evening.

I just recently became a board member of New Albany First but have supported it from the day of conception because I so strongly know and believe in what it is trying to accomplish. Here is a copy of the letter New Albany First's Director Andy Terrell wrote;

by New Albany First on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 6:30am

New Albany is a city of entrepreneurs. That's the base idea that New Albany First, New Albany's Independent Business Alliance, uses as our foundation. An independent business alliance is not just a "buy local" organization although educating the public on the benefits of supporting locally-owned, independent businesses is a primary goal. An IBA is an organized group of entrepreneurs banding together to raise awareness, promote education and foster an atmosphere of working together to make their community better.

As New Albany First organized, we realized that one way we could help was by hosting seminars and speakers that could promote the importance of localism and encourage prospective independent business owners. In recent weeks, we've started a seminar series with local business owners telling their stories, good and bad, and explaining their passion for what they do. The conversation has been fascinating and we will continue that conversation in the coming months.

We're also bringing in Jeff Milchen, the co-founder of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA). Jeff will be giving a talk on Friday night, October 28th starting at 7 pm at the River City Winery in New Albany. He'll be speaking about the importance of localism with a question and answer session to follow. Then, on Saturday morning the 29th at 10:00 am, Milchen will present his workshop "Strength in Numbers" which will look at how organized IBA's and other groups can work in their community. If you intend to come to the workshop, we urge you to also attend Friday night's talk as both events work in conjunction. Both events are free and open to the public.

On behalf of the board of directors for New Albany First, we're very pleased to be able to bring Jeff to New Albany, especially now when localism has become such a hot topic in our area. We hope to see many of our fellow southern Indiana residents attend. New Albany is a city of entrepreneurs. We at New Albany First urge you to think about that and to "be local.".

Andy Terrell
Director, New Albany First
For more information please visit their link and go to the info page for details of the mission.

This is not just about local independent businesses or the growth of downtown New Albany. It is so much more. It is about the Vitality of our Community as a whole. The Richness of being a successful community for all of us who choose to live and prosper here. The Benefits to all of us,
the Businesses,Your Family,Friends,and Neighbors.

Once again a BIG THANK YOU for the businesses involved,the sponsors,and the local community itself for embracing and participating to a successful evening in HISTORIC DOWNTOWN NEW ALBANY!!

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