Sustainable, "local first" business alliance organizes in Tampa Bay

SIBA will provide public awareness and education, foster more cooperation among businesses on the move to sustainability, strengthen connections between businesses and the community, and focus their attention on creating a stronger local economy in every community. SIBA promotes sustainable, more environmentally friendly and more economically just practices.

[image-1]SIBA and its member businesses are providing leadership in laying the foundation for a new economy in areas such as independent retail, healthy food, local agriculture, green construction, renewable energy, alternative transportation and zero?waste manufacturing. As one of its first projects, founding members of SIBA helped the public understand how to celebrate their holidays more sustainably, with its campaign “Celebrate Sustainable Holidays!” SIBA also plans to cooperate with other community groups in promoting a strong local economy and sustainability.

SIBA has also linked with the national movement to create sustainable local living economies. The organization has affiliated with the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). BALLE is a non-profit organization of 79 local business networks and socially responsible 21,000 independent businesses across the U.S. and Canada.

Founding members of SIBA include Nature’s Food Patch Natural Market & Café of Clearwater, the largest independent natural grocer in the region; It’s Our Nature, a leading independent retailer in the area featuring organic cotton & hemp products created responsibly; Wilcox Nursery & Florist of Largo, a leader in promoting and providing Florida-friendly native plants and landscapes; GreenQuizine, a local organic restaurant and caterer that specializes in grab & go lunches and lunch programs for schools; New Tech Termite and Pest Control, an independent Pinellas county provider committed to being green; Latitude 28 Design and Marketing of Clearwater, a local independent design and marketing firm; Wayne Scott’s Tree Sculpturing of Clearwater, a local sustainable arborist service; and Sustainetics Institute of Palm Harbor, a local provider of business sustainability services.

Businesses and individuals may apply for membership to SIBA by visiting, e-mailing [email protected] or calling 727-421-2818, mention SIBA.

The 'Local First' movement in Tampa Bay, admirably promoted at the grassroots for years by such organizations as the Tampa Independent Business Alliance (TIBA), is receiving another boost and a new voice from the business community this month with the public launch of the Sustainable Independent Business Alliance (SIBA).

SIBA , a non-profit organization, is founded by seven locally owned businesses in Pinellas County who are committed to promoting a sustainable, local living economy in the region. These firms all have determined that sustainability is not only important for the success of their businesses but also for the future health and happiness of our communities. The founding members of SIBA range from Tampa Bay’s largest independent organic and natural grocer to the area’s leading nursery using Florida native landscaping.

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