Jeff Milchen, co-founder of the American Independent Business Alliance and a leading advocate for community-based businesses, will speak 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Umpqua Business Center, 522 S.E. Washington Ave.
Milchen, of Bozeman, Mont., will talk about the economic and civic importance of sustaining a strong base of local, independently owned businesses.
Milchen co-founded and directed the first Independent Business Alliance in Boulder, Colo., in 1997. His presentation will feature examples from some of the 80 affiliated groups, which includes Think Local Umpqua.