“New Albany is a city of entrepreneurs”: That’s why New Albany First is needed.


Andy’s eloquent letter speaks for itself. Before I turn it over to him, permit this reminder about the many conceptually unified events tomorrow evening: Art and beer and localism, all at the same time.

(This is a letter to the editor I wrote and submitted to the Tribune, but it doesn’t appear that it will get printed before Jeff Milchen’s visit. I decided to post it here instead.)

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