The Hamburg Independent Business Alliance is being formed to attract new businesses to the area and to help existing businesses within the area grow, and will have its first meeting on May 8 from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at the Sussex Business Resource Center, 77 Route 23, Hamburg.RSVP at ZBRC.co/events.This new Hamburg alliance will be affiliated with the national organization American Independent Business Alliance (“AMIBA”) and the group's goal will be to improve the economic business climate within the Hamburg corridor of Sussex County for the benefit of residents and local business owners alike. Organization leaders said they hope to restore Hamburg, which is home to the Gingerbread Castle and was once home to the only New Jersey state governor who has hailed from Sussex County, to the prominence the borough once held within our county and New Jersey at large."Our goal to bring down tax rateables by attracting more businesses to town and create a community based organization to help revitalize main street, route 23 and 94 corridors,” said Discovery Years Day Care Center owner Peter Loukeris.An Independent Business Alliance works to build vital local economies based on independent, locally-owned businesses and help local entrepreneurs compete successfully against chains, online competitors and others. IBAs unite locally-owned independent businesses, citizens and community organizations to achieve this goal. IBAs typically accomplish these goals through initiatives within these realms:Public education about the greater overall value local independents often can provide (even when they’re not the cheapest) as well as the vital economic, social and cultural role independent businesses play in the community.Facilitating cooperative promotion, advertising, purchasing, sharing of skills and resources and other activities to help local businesses gain economies of scale and compete more effectively.Creating a strong and uncompromised voice to speak for local independents in the local government and media while engaging citizens in guiding the future of their community through democratic action.Enhancing opportunities for local investment, banking and access to capital for local entrepreneurs.