SIBA Business Services




SIBA’s primary goal is to give independent booksellers the tools to be successful in the marketplace. SIBA also welcomes publishers as members. Comprehensive advertising and sponsorship opportunities let you target your advertising and marketing dollars. Are you an author? Partner with SIBA and gain access to a host of powerful marketing tools as well as the latest happenings in the South’s diverse literary scene.

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Novera Payment Solutions

SIBA has teamed up with Novera Payment Solutions, LLC (Novera) as our new provider for credit and debit card payment services. Novera represents WorldPay, one of Americas largest transaction providers. SIBA has selected Novera to guide members through the complicated world of payment processing . Novera delivers a unique combination of value, integrity and price transparency to SIBA members that is unparalleled throughout the payment processing industry. Their services can result in a significant reduction in your current payment processing fees via their innovative and transparent “Flat Fee Pricing”. Novera can also show members how to begin accepting credit and debit card payments directly from their smart phone or computer and has innovative tools to help grow your business through their gift and loyalty card programs. We hope you will welcome Novera with enthusiasm as a trusted partner of our association. For more information on Novera Payment Solutions and how they can help your business, visit them at .

Novera Newswire: The Top 3 Misconceptions when Selecting a Credit Card Processor 

Novera’s consultative approach allows us to thoroughly educate our clients, equipping them to better understand this complicated industry. Unfortunately, the payment processing industry has become increasingly confusing, and often small business owners are taken advantage of in this complexity. As a result, businesses everywhere overpay for this simple service by thousands of dollars per year. Novera’s transparent and innovative flat fee pricing is changing all of that.

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Build Strength in Numbers to Help Your Business Thrive
Bookstores survive today only if they are well run, but the most successful stores often do more than just operate a great business -- they participate in or instigate alliances that unite local businesses and concerned citizens to help all independent businesses thrive.
In fact, since the first Independent Business Alliance (IBA) was co-founded by the owner of the Boulder Bookstore, more IBAs and related efforts have been initiated and championed by booksellers than any other business type. SIBA member Carla Jimenez of Inkwood Books is among booksellers serving on the board of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), the national support network for both established and prospective new IBAs.
A single merchant has limited ability to shift community consciousness or implement pro-local policies, but by building strength in numbers, you can become a force for change and create a culture of support for independent business locally.
While many local groups start with buy independent / buy local campaigns, AMIBA notes the most effective groups engage in three major realms of activity:
1) Public education about the greater overall value local businesses often can provide as well as the vital economic, social and cultural role they play in the community.
2) Cooperative promotion, advertising, purchasing, sharing of skills and resources and other activities to help local businesses gain economies of scale and compete more effectively.
3) Creating a strong, uncompromised voice for local independent business and sustainable economic development in local government and media while engaging citizens in guiding the future of their community.
For years, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has partnered with the AMIBA to introduce SIBA members to the benefits booksellers have enjoyed through these alliances (see links to local alliances here).
AMIBA provides comprehensive assistance for businesses and organizations seeking to launch effective buy local campaigns or broader alliances, and while paid affiliation is required to receive their full support, they are available to offer you free guidance in your early organizing steps. AMIBA also will send you a free primer on effective buy indie/buy local campaigns upon request.

Special rates for SIBA Members

Check with SIBA or AMIBA about a pending partnership that may offer SIBA members discounted rates on both AMIBA affiliation and community trainings to help new alliances.

In addition to availability of many of their affiliates, AMIBA also may have received other inquiries from your community -- contact AMIBA to find out at 406-582-1255 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Helpful Resources and Organizations
  • The AMIBA website and free monthly newsletter provide a wealth of information and tools for business owners.
  • The New Rules Project is the go-to source for economic impact studies and model pro-local policies to promote in your area.
  • The National Main Street Center offers information, technical assistance, and advocacy tools on preservation-based commercial district revitalization.
Also, see AMIBA's recommended resources page for useful articles, books, films and templates. Explaining the Multiplier Effect and The Benefits of Doing Business Locally are two articles providing a good start.
Remember, you don’t need to take on leading a local alliance, you just need to instigate!