Today I am sharing about an advocacy group whose goals are to assist small creative businesses in advocating for their needs in the American economy. This is an important group because it serves business at the most fundamental of grass roots, which are those businesses that are start-ups, what are now often being called “microbusiness.” All businesses, unless they are created out of venture capital and go corporate from the starting gate, are defacto microbusinesses. The trouble today in our increasingly globalized economy is that small business is often defined as those entities that have about a hundred employees. What this tendency to identify misses, however, is that small business is the backbone of all new ventures and economies, and most start out with far fewer than 100 employees. There are many businesses that may have as few as one or two employees. This often means that for small business or microbusiness owners, we simply do not even show up on the radar of special interest groups, lobbying groups, and legislators. There is no one there to speak on our behalf to help raise awareness about the little guy, the microbusiness owner. Bear in mind, these seemingly inconsequential businesses have in recent history created as much as 15 billion dollars in new business for the American economy!
So it was today that its founder, Wendy Rosen, a long-lived advocate for the arts and small business, sent me an invite to the AMA’s new presence on facebook, which I have accepted happily. With the Alliance’s presence on facebook, it has gotten easier for fast and easy communication to flow between all interested parties. If you are concerned about the plight of small business, are a small business owner, I encourage you to check them out and support their cause. To help tell their story I include the following taken from their facebook “about” page:
AMA protects, defends the rights of artisan makers. We promote the positive impact creative people make in the growth of the new economy.Mission
The American Made Alliance strives to open new market opportunities for American made products, preserve the authenticity of American Made, prevent fraud regarding country of origin and inform legislators and consumers about the importance of the economic impact of supporting American Made.Description
Founded in 2005, the American Made Alliance serves the interests of 125,000 professional independent micro-enterprise studios and 20,000 retail businesses who not long ago provided a 14 billion dollar contribution to the US economy.
The American Made Alliance is a 501c(6) trade association engaged in advocacy efforts supporting the start-up and growth of micro-enterprise in the professional artisan and light industry sector in urban and rural communities throughout the United States.
Through its campaigns, projects and partnerships, the American Made Alliance strives to open new market opportunities for American made products, preserve the authenticity of American Made, prevent fraud regarding country of origin and inform legislators and consumers about the importance of the economic impact of supporting American Made.
Through it’s position papers, advocacy and consumer awareness projects, the American Made Alliance strives to impact public policy and trade legislation. In addition, the association seeks to define a national agenda that supports and benefits all who depend on the creative arts for their livelihood.
Its founder, Wendy Rosen, began The Buyers Market of American Craft as a wholesale alternative to the existing shows for American made craft makers decades ago. It has grown to become the biggest show of its kind in the U.S. The show, which has been located in Philadelphia for most of its tenure, has recently moved to Washington D.C. and has changed its name to the American Made Show. Rosen has been a tireless promoter and advocate for artisans who own small businesses and small business with made in America products. She has spoken to Congress, has lobbied on behalf of her industry by creating a forum and source-point for small business advocacy through the American Made Alliance which was founded in 2005.
Their facebook page can be found here:
and their contact information is below.