2/10/2011 - Asheville is home of many independent business (like us!)
This year Civic Economics and the American Booksellers Association announced the "Indie City Index 2011," which ranks American metropolitan areas based on the percentage of the area's retail activity generated by independent businesses.
Asheville's retail activity from independents ranks in the top 10 percent of metro areas in our population group and number 7 in our region. The survey also showed Asheville has the lowest chain store saturation of any metro area in North Carolina.
In the overall ranking of more than 360 American metropolitan areas, some with a population of more than two million, Asheville placed in the top 15 percent in independent retail activity.
Complete rankings may be downloaded here.
Asheville Grown Business Alliance's powerful "Love Asheville - Buy Local" campaign seeks to bring awareness to the critical role independent businesses play in our economy and the sustainability of our area. Independent local businesses promote strong community relationships, give more to civic needs and the arts, reduce environmental impact and create more good jobs.
AGBA's strong local branding encourages people to "Love Asheville, put your money where your heart is, Buy Local" via posters, t-shirts, stickers, buttons and events. They are partnering with key organizations in our area that promote import substitution, sustainable job creation and entrepreneurial opportunities. They seek to buoy Asheville's thriving independent spirit and maintain a strong indie ranking.