From AMIBA's website:
"Community character is being threatened by increasing dependence on absentee-owned businesses with formulas that dictate everything from the look of the building to who does the printing to where the money gets deposited. It's not just the local businesses that suffer--our communities are losing their unique character and self-determination while becoming increasingly dependent on outside influences as a basis of support.
Local businesses are integral to healthy neighborhoods and strong city centers. They are human-scaled, impose less distress on the environment, and help create a distinct local identity. We are here to help. "