Membership

Tangible benefits of membership include:

  • Our Welcome Kit, with posters, stickers, and more!
  • Regular news and event updates
  • FREE listings in our online member directory — a fun, frequented source for locally owned and independent businesses, artists, nonprofits, and farms
  • Opportunity to profile your business or organization’s commitment to community and environment
  • Member decals, to identify your business as locally owned
  • Use of the Local First Alliance name, logo, and messaging in your business or organization marketing
  • Collective marketing opportunities with television, radio, print, and online outreach for Alliance membership
  • Free or reduced price admission to networking and educational events

Plus, new member benefits and opportunities are added every day! What’s your idea for a better community? We’d love to hear. Contact us today to discuss ideas for new resources or services to make it easier to think local first.

Business and organization members of Local First Alliance enjoy the opportunity to:

  • Leverage the power of collective advertising, education, and outreach.
  • Meet and do business with other Local First members.
  • Identify with community stewardship and a strong regional brand.

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Membership Criteria

Local First Alliance business membership shall be open to businesses and organizations in the 69-town service area of Vital Communities that meet the following criteria:

For Businesses:

  • Registered in the state of New Hampshire or Vermont, with no corporate or national headquarters outside the respective state
  • All marketing, rent, and other business expenses paid without the assistance from, or payment to a corporate headquarters
  • Able to make independent decisions regarding name and appearance, as well as all purchasing, supply and distribution practices
  • The owner is (or majority of owners) a local resident who lives within Vermont and New Hampshire for more than half the year?
  • If the business has multiple outlets/branches, the majority shall be located in New Hampshire and Vermont
  • Locally owned franchises are eligible if franchisee has exercised independent decisions regarding name and appearance of business.

For Nonprofit Organizations:

  • Interested in and able to buy materials, products and services from other locally owned businesses in the area or broader region?
  • Incorporated or fiscally sponsored in the state of New Hampshire or Vermont?
  • Leadership (advisory body, board, staff) has autonomous authority over all operational decisions?
  • At least 50% of leadership (advisory body, board, staff) lives within Local First Alliance’s 69-town service area?
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Our program is underwritten by these community partners

Coop Food Store Mascoma Savings Bank

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