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1000 FRIENDS OF IOWA, Fights sprawl malls and sponsors "buy local" campaigns. 3524 Sixth Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313; 515-288-5364; fax, 515-288-6362;;

1NSERVICE, PC-network services cooperative. 4351-101 Furman Hall, Raleigh, NC 27612; 800-457-0546;;

AGENTS HELPING AGENTS, Network of independent insurance agencies in central Kentucky and southern Indiana. Tim Hyland, P.O. Box 3326 Louisville, KY 40201-3326; 502-637-4733; fax, 502-637-6222;

AMAROK, National drywall distributor cooperative. P.O. Box 51526, Phoenix, AZ 85076-1526; 800-940-6027; fax, 480-820-5329;;


BAY AREA APPRAISAL COOPERATIVE, Independent real-estate appraisal firms in San Francisco area.;

BOULDER INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ALLIANCE, P.O. Box 532, Boulder, CO 80306; 303-402-1575;;

BOOK SENSE, American Booksellers Association, 828 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591; 800-637-0037; fax, 914-591-2720;;

CANADIAN ALLIANCE OF FRANCHISE OPERATORS, P.O. Box 7 Midhurst, Ontario Canada L0L 1X0; 705-737-4635; fax, 705-737-4950;;

CARPET ONE, Flooring products cooperative. 286 Commercial St., Manchester, NH 03101; 603-626-0333; fax, 603-626-3444;

CATENAS, Professional services companies alliance. 1875 South Grand Street, Suite 750, San Mateo, CA 94402; 650-655-3765; fax, 650-372-9107;;

COALITION OF INDEPENDENT MUSIC STORES, Provide labels with a cohesive nationalmarketing effort for their developing and established bands.;

COOPERATIVE SOLUTIONS, Unites independent businesses using a cooperative, member-owned business model. P.O. Box 51526, Phoenix, AZ 85076-1526; 800-940-6027; fax, 480-820-5329;;

COPESAN, Regional pest control companies. Tom Moore, 800-COPESAN;;

COUNCIL OF INDEPENDENT RESTAURANTS OF AMERICA, Phillip Cooke, 304 West Liberty Street, Suite 201, Louisville, KY 40202; 502-583-3783; fax, 502/589-3602;;

CREATIVE EYE, Artists' cooperative. Betty Massey, 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923; 800-940-6027; fax, 480-820-5329;;

DIGITAL WEB PARTNERS, Web professionals. Camille LaGrossa, DWP Resource Solutions Inc., 253 Green Valley Drive, P.O. Box 427, Greenbrier, AR 72058; 888-349-2650; fax, 501/679-7773;;

EAT FLEET, Cooperative of independent food service operators. 125 Main Street SE, Suite 243, Minneapolis, MN 55414; 800-726-9926; fax, 612-362-0645;;

EVERGREEN, Independent construction and industrial tool distributioncompanies. 2502 Camp Ave., Carrollton, TX 75006; 800-859-8733; fax, 972-242-1411;;

FAIRNESS ALLIANCE OF VIDEO RETAILERS, Supports anti-trust litigation against movie studios and Blockbuster. John Merchant, 606 West Covell Blvd., Davis, CA 95616; 530-759-8260;

IMARK GROUP, Member-owned marketing group of independent electrical distributors.

INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLERS CONSORTIUM, National buying and information-sharing cooperative with membership by invitation only.

INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY BANKERS ASSOCIATION, One Thomas Circle NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005-5802; 800-422-8439;;

INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTORS COOPERATIVE-USA (IDC), Industrial bearing and power transmission distributors. 933 Western Drive, P.O. Box 42428, Indianapolis, IN 46242-0428; 317-244-9200; fax, 317-244-4600;;

INDEPENDENT PHARMACY COOPERATIVE, 1550 Columbus Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590; 800-755-1531; fax, 800-274-5525;;

INSTITUTE FOR LOCAL SELF RELIANCE (ILSR), The ILSR's New Rules Project helps communities enact smart public policy measures to keep their home towns vibrant and strong. 1313 5th Street, SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414; 612-379-3815; fax, 612-379-3920;;

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS' COOPERATIVE ORGANIZATION (IACO), P.O. Box 887, 118 E. Dalton Rd., King, NC 27201; 800-948-3906; fax, 800-685-0119;;

NATIONAL COOPERATIVE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, 1401 New York Ave. NW, #1100, Wash., DC 20005; 202-638-6222; fax, 202-638-1374;;

NATIONAL COOPERATIVE BANK, 1725 Eye Street, NW Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006; 800- 955-9622; fax, 202-336-7800;

NEMEON, National purchasing cooperative for roofing specialty distributors. Tony Cogliandro; P.O. Box 51526, Phoenix, AZ 85076-1526; 281-392-4260; fax, 281-392-4270;;

NORTH AMERICAN STEEL ALLIANCE, 2266 North State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831; 714-256-8707; fax, 714-256-8716;

NORTHERN LEAGUE, Independent minor-league baseball organization. Miles Wolff, Commissioner, P.O. Box 1282 Durham, NC 27702; 919-956-8150; fax, 919-683-2693;;

PRCONSULTANTS GROUP, Nationwide group of public relations consultants. Marisa Vallbona-Freeman; 858-467-7990;;

PRIMERATURF, Independent turf distributors. 1405 Maharis Rd, Va Beach, VA 23455; 757-464-5353;;

PROFESSIONAL VETERINARY PRODUCTS, Buying group for veterinarians. 10077 South 134th Omaha, NE 68138; 800-228-0077;

SAFETY MARKETING GROUP, Safety equipment distributors. PO Box 2815, Ormond Beach, FL 32175; 386-677-8184; fax, 386-677-5852;;

SALT LAKE VEST POCKET BUSINESS COALITION, Small-business coalition in Salt Lake City Utah; Elizabeth Guss; P.O. Box 521257, Salt Lake City, UT 84152-1357; 801-596-8977;;

SPHERE1, Tool and fastener distributors. P.O.Box 51526, Phoenix, AZ 85076-1526; 800-940-6027; fax, 480-820-5329;;

SPRAWLBUSTERS.COM, Strategic planning, field operations, and voter campaigns against superstores. 21 Grinnell St., Greenfield, MA 01301; 413-772-6289;;

STARNET, Commercial flooring dealers. 44 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877; 800-787-6381; fax, 203-431-6610;;

STRATEGIC INSURANCE AGENTS ALLIANCE, P.O. Box 10129, Swanzey, NH 03446; 603-358-3188; fax, 603-358-3180;;

THANEXUS, INC., Funeral home cooperative. Wilson Beebe, Jr.; P.O. Box L, Manasquan, NJ 08736; 732-974-9444; fax, 732-974-3808;;

TUCSON ORIGINALS, Independent restaurants in Tucson, AZ. Don Luria; 3500 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718; 520-577-8181

UNIQUE EUGENE. Retailers in Eugene, OR, share a Web site and pool resources for television advertising and local promotions.

WESTCHESTER RESIDENTS AGAINST IKEA NOW, Effort by residents and business owners in New Rochelle, NY, to keep out Ikea superstore.;

WICHITA INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, 415 South Main, Wichita, KS 67202-3719; 800-279-9422; fax, 316-267-8964;;

WIT & CO. Plumbing and heating wholesalers.;

YAYA! BIKE, Specialty bike retailers cooperative. P.O. Box 51526, Phoenix, AZ 85076-1526; 800-940-6027; fax, 480-820-5329;;

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