Local First engages businesses, organizations, and citizens to strengthen our local economy.

Recognizing that regional prosperity grows from communities actively building economies that strengthen and sustain the places we love —
we work to promote, encourage, and support our local businesses & economy.

Support the Local Businesses & Organizations You Love!

Give to TLC Crowdfunding Campaigns

Give to individual businesses, buy gift cards, and more!

Support a Campaign Today!

Pay it 4WARD & Support the Community of Businesses & Organizations You Love!

Give through the TLC 4WARD platform and support many businesses with one secure and easy payment.
Support a Business Today!

Upper Valley businesses are suffering and we need to be there for
them now, so that they’ll be here for us after this crisis. 

  • Keep your dollars here while staying safe! Order take-out or eat al fresco, open an account at a local bank, buy gift cards to your favorite places, eat local and buy direct from farmers with an online store or visit a farmers market, keep your local subscriptions/memberships
  • Find Upper Valley businesses that are open during the pandemic by searching the Vital Communities Guide.
  • Support local businesses! Give to your favorite businesses and organizations through TLC 4WARD, or contribute to a restaturant employee fund or virtual tip jar.

Upper Valley businesses are suffering and we need to be there for
them now, so that they’ll be here for us after this crisis. 

  • Keep your dollars here! Order take-out, buy gift cards to your favorite places, eat local and buy direct from farmers with a CSA or visit a farmers market, keep your local subscriptions/memberships, open an account at a local bank
  • Find Upper Valley businesses that are open during the pandemic by searching the Vital Communities Guide.
  • Donate to local businesses! Give to your favorite businesses through TLC 4WARD, or contribute to a restaturant employee fund or virtual tip jar.

Find Open Local Businesses and Farms. Search the Vital Communities Guide.

TLC/4WARD Upper Valley

Funding for this project is made possible in part with a Rural Business Development Grant from USDA Rural Development.

You know your favorite business that you call when you need expert advice, a special order, or a raffle donation?
They need you. 

TLC 4WARD Upper Valley is a crowdfunding platform that empowers individuals to invest in our local economy by giving to the local businesses and organizations that are our friends & neighbors and the backbone of our regional economy.

Share whatever you can to help the businesses that create stable jobs, enhance our community character, and generously give back to our community survive the pandemic emergency.

Donate to a Business Now!

Join Local First- New Membership Model!

Take advantage of the resources and projects that can help your business and our economy on the long road to recovery. Local First has a new, more inclusive, membership model, so join us as we work together for an Upper Valley economy that is more local, fair, and green!

Keeping dollars in our economy is the key to community resilience and by joining Local First, you are letting your customers know that they are choosing to support our economy and community when they shop.

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Welcome to
The Local Crowd Upper Valley!

The Local Crowd Upper Valley (TLC Upper Valley) is a collaboration of regional economic development and community building supporters working together to cultivate a stronger ecosystem of investors, service providers, and local economy champions to provide access to capital to both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors throughout the region.  

By leveraging the power of crowdfunding, TLC Upper Valley’s fundraising platform will help start-up ventures, early-growth stage companies, and community-based projects find access to capital.

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Shift Your Shopping and
Gift Thoughtfully This Season!

The mission of the  Shift Your Shopping campaign is to “build a tradition that strengthens local economies, expands local employment, nurtures a sense of community, and provides a more relaxed, fun and rewarding holiday shopping experience.”

Every dollar spent at a local, independent business returns 2-4 times more to be re-spent in the community than a dollar spent at a non-local business. With consumers reporting that they will spend an average $1007 for holiday shopping this year, according to a 2018 National Retail Federation survey, a shift to local purchases represents a significant contribution to local jobs and taxes. Sustained “buy local” campaigns have demonstrated their capacity to shift sizable portions of that spending from chains and remote businesses to local entrepreneurs, according to the Institute for Local Self Reliance. ILSR indexes key local economy studies at https://ilsr.org/.

Local First Alliance is a proud partner in Shift Your Shopping NH!

Because Community Matters

Gift certificates to locally owned businesses are a perfect way to give a thoughtful gift while strengthening our community!

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Find LFA Businesses

Locally-owned, independent businesses play a crucial role in creating jobs, strengthening our community cohesion & enhancing local character!

Keep the Upper Valley a great place to live, work, and play and think local first when dining out, banking, hiring professional services, or shopping for anything.

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1. Move your banking to a community bank or credit union, and invest your money in tangible assets like land, or with organizations like the Cooperative Fund of New England that invest in community control.

2. Rent out a room in your home, or swap space for gardening, child or elder care, or carpentry

Advisory Council

Nichole Romano, Great Eastern Radio

Ken Wells, Chair, Mascoma Savings Bank

John Tunnicliffe,  King Arthur Flour

Nancy LaRowe, Manager, Vital Communities

Sponsors

Champions
Co-op Food Stores
Mascoma Savings Bank

 

 

 

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Green Circle
King Arthur Flour
LaValley Building Supply
Great Eastern Radio
Valley News
Vital Communities

Promoter
Chippers, Inc.
West Lebanon Feed & Supply
Ledyard National Bank

Sustaining
A.B. Gile Inc.
Fat Hat Clothing
Jake’s Market & Deli / Jake’s Coffee Co.
John Ring CPA
Lyme Green Heat
Nomad Communications
Simple Energy
The Skinny Pancake
Village Green Publishing

Our program is underwritten by these community partners

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See a complete listing of all Local First Alliance members!