Locally owned businesses in the IBIZ Districts create the culture and vibe that makes Austin, Austin. Each District is special in its own way, with a common thread of renowned dining, shopping, services, music and nightlife scenes. Created by the non-profit Austin Independent Business Alliance in 2004, the nationally recognized, award-winning IBIZ Districts program supports and promotes neighborhood business districts throughout Austin where 75% of the businesses are locally owned. Whether you’re looking for local art, vintage finds, watering holes, familiar faces, or exploring new treasures – IBIZ Districts are Austin’s favorite destinations!
Austin by Austin (AXA), a new showcase of local businesses and creatives during SXSW! Visit AustinChronicle.co
Co-sponsored by the Austin Chronicle and the Austin Independent Business Alliance (AIBA), AXA kicks off Saturday, March 11, 2017 on the first Saturday of SXSW. Locally owned businesses all over Austin will host creative events and art displays throughout the full week of SXSW. Austin Independent Business Alliance members who showcase local artists, musicians, or creatives at their business will be featured in free listings in a special section in the Austin Chronicle’s expanded SXSW coverage, online and in other promotion efforts by AIBA.
Here are some examples of ways to participate in Austin By Austin:
A boot store could do a display of historic boots made in Texas.
A book store could display books by Austinites or Austin poets’ small press publications.
A comic store could feature home grown comic books.
A hair salon could feature photos of musician clients modeling hair cuts.
A restaurant could feature local painters work on their walls.
Others can display art by musicians, art by filmmakers, art by artists – or even local tech or other innovative products or services. The event or exhibit can be new work or retrospective. I know many of you already do this in your own way, and we’re glad to help you develop a great event or exhibit for Austin By Austin. Contact [email protected] for assistance.
*Offer for IBIZ District Merchants! Support the non-profit who is supporting you! The Austin Independent Business Alliance created the nationally recognized, award-winning IBIZ program in 2004 which is funded by civic and grant sources. We’re offering a free membership upgrade for IBIZ merchants who join the Austin Independent Business Alliance by February 28! Click here for information on benefits, events and membership levels and to join! Enter “IBIZ” when asked “How did you hear about AIBA?” for the free upgrade to the next level of membership and benefits! Please contact Dean Lofton, Austin IBIZ Districts Director, [email protected] or 512-636-1346 with questions or for more information.
IBIZ Districts Biannual Update: Lo-Burn, North Loop, North Drag, West Lynn, East End, East Sixth, Rainey Street, South First local business owners – Please click here to update your contact info!
We’re growing with Austin! New Districts forming in 2017:
East Cesar Chavez IBIZ District
Congratulations to East Cesar Chavez for being selected as Austin’s next IBIZ District! Local business owners on or near East Cesar Chavez Street (from IH35 to S. Pleasant Valley Road) East Cesar Chavez local business owners / staff please click here to sign up for more info!
South Lamar IBIZ District
Local business owners have expressed interest in reviving the South Lamar IBIZ District, and we are glad to announce we are able to not only revive it, but also expand the district! The South Lamar IBIZ District now includes locally owned businesses from Goodrich Avenue to Barton Springs Road, and officially launches on January 1, 2017. South Lamar local business owners / staff please click here to sign up for more info!