There are many ways to find members of Local First Alliance. If you need a business or service provider, we have an easily searchable online directory of all our members. But, if you aren’t tech savvy or would like to detach from your smartphone, it’s just as easy to take a stroll down a main street and look for our Local First Alliance logo. This logo means you are doing business with a store or service provider that is committed to reinvesting in our Upper Valley region.
Local First Alliance member Lake Sunapee Bank has been a local institution since 1868 and a new face on Hanover Main Street since last spring. Among other things, their mission statement notes their responsibility to be an active participant in, and advocate for, community growth and prosperity.
“It starts with the sticker on the door to remind people we are a local community bank. Someone comes in to get a business loan with us and we have our standard underwriting policy, but we know who they are in the community and the decisions are made here – locally. ‘Growth’ means we are all in this community together. They are banking with us, we are shopping with them, and what goes around comes around. Our money stays here.” – Dean Cashman, Vice President of Commercial Lending at Lake Sunapee Bank and Chair of Local First Alliance Steering Committee
Like many Local First members, Lake Sunapee Bank helps fund our region’s charities. They currently support more than 50 local charities and organizations such as Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Northern Stage, and the Upper Valley Humane Society. Our members know that it’s important keep our money and hard at work in our home towns. Together we can be the growth we want to see in our local economy. To find other local businesses committed to a vibrant Upper Valley, visit our online directory.