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Members Give Back: Lake Sunapee Bank and Salt hill Pub

Local First Alliance business members are always looking for opportunities to give back to the community. The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) reports that, on average, .46 cents on the dollar stays local when spent locally, compared to .15 cents. This is because local businesses tend to reinvest in the region they call home. And with the new school year fast approaching, several Local First businesses have our Upper Valley students in mind.

Lake Sunapee Bank
For the second year in a row, Local First Alliance member Lake Sunapee Bank’s Charitable Action Committee is organizing Operation Backpack, an effort to collect backpacks and school supplies from employees and customers for children in need. The goal of Operation Backpack is to give local kids a positive start to the school year, helping them feel prepared and confident. Last year Lake Sunapee Bank branch employees proudly distributed 72 backpacks throughout Orange, Windsor, and Rutland counties in Vermont and 132 backpacks throughout New Hampshire. “The response from our employees and customers was just overwhelming and truly inspiring,” said employee Melissa Case.

If you would like to contribute to Operation Backpack, donations of school supplies are being accepted at participating branches of Lake Sunapee Bank until August 14.

Salt hill Pub
Salt hill Pub, another Local First Alliance member doing their part to give back, will hold their 9th Annual Hawaiian Shirt Open this August 23. The golf tournament raises money for the Tom and Judy Tuohy Memorial Scholarship Fund, which promotes strong academic performance and citizenship among local high school students by awarding scholarships to graduating seniors at Sunapee High School and Newport High School. The Tuohy family owns the Salt hill Pubs in Hanover, Lebanon, and Newport, New Hampshire.

If you are interested in participating, donating, or sponsoring, please contact Josh Tuohy at Salt hill Pub in Lebanon, 603.448.4532.

For more great local businesses who put our community first, please check out our Local First Alliance online directory.

Three Tomatoes

Give Back By Dining Out & Save The Date For A Wine Tasting

What’s the best part of Local First Alliance? Our members, of course!

We are constantly promoting our members because they are continually giving back to our community. On average, 46 cents on the dollar stays local when spent locally, compared to 15 cents. An example of how this reinvestment can work is Three Tomatoes Trattoria’s Sustainable Community Dinners. These dinners happen once a month and support a different nonprofit organization each time.

“At Three Tomatoes Trattoria, we take great pride in supporting the growth of our strong, diverse, and vibrant local communities. We know the power of partnerships and the importance of working together. One night each month, the restaurant hosts a nonprofit organization and donates a dollar for every entree ordered to the cause. During these Sustainable Community Dinners, we help raise awareness and build support for the organizations and people that work to provide the services and opportunities that make our area a vital and wonderful place to live. Each of the 12 organizations that we have chosen for our 2014-15 Sustainable Communities program is integral to the sustainability of our communities and a leader for the health and viability of our region,” according to Robert Meyers and Jim Reiman, Local First Alliance members and owners of Three Tomatoes Trattoria.

Dine at Three Tomatoes in Lebanon, New Hampshire, between 5 and 9 pm on Wednesday, August 5, to support Vital Communities.

“Our members are what make our alliance strong,” said Local First Alliance Manager Emily Gardner. “Whether it’s West Lebanon Feed & Supply giving back to the Upper Valley Humane Society, or Christian Roy’s Hair Salon holding a food drive for the Upper Valley Haven, you know your money is being well spent at these local businesses. Local First also represents charities that have their own storefronts to benefit the community, like the LISTEN and ReCover stores.”

Would you like to meet hear more about Local First Alliance or network with your fellow members? Our first annual Member Mixer is on September 3 from 5 to 7 pm. Enjoy wine and appetizers at the Co-op Culinary Learning Center at the Centerra Marketplace in Lebanon. Please RSVP, and don’t forget to bring a friend! This event is open to any members or those interested in learning more about Local First Alliance.