Become A Member

Why Join ALBA?

With multiple decades of business ownership in our leadership team we know what it takes to run a business in Austin, and we know where your gaps are.  Simply put, Austin Local Business Alliance does all the following things for you as a member so you don’t have to think about them individually. 

01.

WE PROMOTE our business members and supporters

  • We’re the only Austin chamber requiring members to be 51% locally-owned
  • New Member announcements in all media
  • Social media promotion for member events 
  • Sale of your products on our marketplace
  • Press Opportunities
  • Connection to ALBA’s 20-year brand reputation
  • Business Listing in our print directory (IndieAustin) distributed all over Austin
  • Business Listings in our much-visited online directory, with enhanced SEO opportunities
Toy Joy sign saying Now Open
Member Toy Joy
Austin City Hall

02.

WE ADVOCATE for the interests of local businesses at all government levels.

  • Connections and/or memberships with local municipalities and national movements
  • Member updates on select info from governmental entities
  • Advocacy of public policy changes for a sustainable business environment and more egalitarian society

03.

WE STRENGTHEN the local economy

  • Requiring members to live and/or work here – our unique offering
  • Referring you to members and the public
  • Providing education on new forms of and financing for businesses of all sizes
  • Reminding everyone to buy local
  • Facilitating governmental aid to businesses
  • Promoting your business in tourism spots around the region
Local Artisan Thoughtful on a window
Seminar with many people in attendance

04.

WE PROVIDE connecting and learning opportunities.

  • Instant peer network to meet and do business with
  • In-person Third Thursday Member Meetups
  • Spring and Fall Member Cruises on Ladybird Lake
  • Innovative education including lease negotiation skills
  • Sponsorship of- and speaking at events available
  • Lists of helpful resources for SMB’s of all sizes

Ready to join?

To be eligible for a local business membership, at least 51% of the ownership of your business must reside in Austin and surrounding areas (Round Rock, Pflugerville, Lakeway, etc.). Your business need not have a storefront but must be independent and not a franchise.

If your business does not meet these criteria, but you would like to support ALBA, you can join as a Local Supporter.

“Our 14+ years of membership with the AIBA has been an invaluable resource, with the cost of membership being repaid tenfold through access to their networking, educational opportunities and marketing tools for our business and district. Not to mention providing a strong voice for small, locally owned businesses like ourselves.”
Lynn Raridon from Forbidden Fruit
Lynn Raridon
Forbidden Fruit