Locally owned businesses run by people who care about our communities are the foundation of a healthy local economy, not by creating commerce over people but by creating commerce with people. Our future depends on creating thriving local communities with a healthy local business ecosystem. As an intrepid localist for more than 30 years, I am devoted to this pursuit.
“Rebecca has led the Austin Independent Business Alliance since it’s infancy, building a movement and brand to buy local, to put your dollars where year heart, your family, your friends and your community will benefit the most. She is a fearless and tireless advocate for local culture, community and collaboration. We need her now more than ever, strengthening the ties that bind business, community and culture. We would have lost Austin without Rebecca’s 20 year labor of love at AIBA.”
—Bill Bunch, Director
“Rebecca has been the cornerstone of the Austin Independent Business Alliance since its inception. While she is too humble to admit it, and would probably tell you the members make the organization succeed, she has been the unrelenting catalyst who made the AIBA a success. From fostering new members, curating learning opportunities & workshops, hosting networking events & webinars, and leading the charge from city hall to Washington D.C. to ensure the voices of local business owners were heard; Rebecca has done it all with class & a humble swagger that I truly admire and hope to one day emulate.”
—Silas C. Parker, LUTCF
Financial Adviser*/ Principal
“I’ve known Rebecca for over 10 years and she is one of the foremost experts in the country when it comes to local business advocacy and working with governments to create programs designed to support the local economy. Her work at Austin Independent Business Alliance over 20 years helped create the vibrant local business community that Kept Austin “Weird” and awesome.”
—Eric Groves, Founder & CEO
“Your passion, creative ideas & public education helped create a strong collective voice for Austin local businesses. You are a true Austin jewel. Thank you Rebecca! You are loved & appreciated.”
“Rebecca is a champion for local businesses and entrepreneurs. She is a tireless and passionate advocate and a woman you just want to have in your corner – whether to offer a warm hug and smile or just get the job done.”
—Kendall Antonelli, President, Co-Owner/Founder
Antonelli’s Cheese Shop
“Thank You so much for being an inspiration to all of us for your dedication and advocacy for Austin businesses. Your professional knowledge, tenacity, and practical approaches to working with “those in charge” benefitted so many businesses and owners.”
—Denise Reid, President
Mercury Permits, Inc!
“Rebecca’s passion for local business is unparalleled. She recognizes the integral part that independent businesses play in the fabric of a community and she fights for their right to prosper day in and day out. Whether it is facilitating networking events to join local leaders together, advocating for their best interest at city hall or keeping them informed of hot topics of the day that concern their bottom lines, Rebecca is a true champion, advocate and friend of independent businesses.”
—Clint Strait, Owner
— James I. Rodriguez, President & CEO
TexHealth Central Texas
The Intrepid Localist
My work is focused on giving perspective to local economies but on the national level. I write about current and local business issues and governmental policies in the Intrepid Localist Blog.
Do you have it? Can you find it? Does it exist? These were the questions I recently asked of local business owners through 20 discussions in one on one interviews and focus groups about how local business is doing in year three of the pandemic. There were other...
Communities Make a Nation
The economic health of America lies not in the accumulation of individual wealth but in the greater exchange of dollars in local communities across the country. The current income disparity reaches far beyond individual bank accounts. The unbridled growth of the top...
This ship has a new course
I’ve spent most of my adult life either being a local business or working to support local business. I hear the whispers. You’re a person, not a business. You can own a business, work for a business but you can’t be a business any more than a corporation can be a...
I also write a blog about observations on life and being human. Lagniappe, which means an extra gift, is from my native New Orleans roots.
Life in Pandemia
Human beings are social creatures, pack animals we are. From high society to gangs, we travel in packs. While there are lone wolves, we are not normally isolated. Until now. The pandemic has wrought so much damage and destruction to our health, our communities and our...
Open your multi-colored eyes
Think you’re a bigoted, close-minded, self-righteous jerk? Me neither. In fact, I would say I’m an enlightened, open-minded, self-righteous liberal. But I’ve had a lesson lately that I hope will open your eyes too. Many have been awakened by recent events to...
Am I a racist?
I think not. If you ask anyone who knows me, the answer would be certainly not. But these times call for much more than a popular answer. They call for serious introspection, followed by serious action. Have a discussion! Start a group for a 21 Day Racism Challenge!...