The Local Crowd Upper Valley

Community. Connection. Capital

TLC Upper Valley is a community-based crowdfunding platform that’s about us
– our region, our community – and the goals we’ve created around economic development and prosperity.

About TLC Upper Valley

The Local Crowd (TLC) Upper Valley is a community-based crowdfunding platform that empowers individuals to support the businesses, organizations, and initiatives that grow wealthier and healthier communities in our region.

Crowdfunding is the practice of sourcing small contributions from a large number of people to provide funding for a particular project or campaign, usually via the Internet.

TLC Upper Valley is a collaboration of regional economic development organizations working together to increase access to capital to both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors throughout the region.

TLC Upper Valley’s Mission: 
To leverage the power of crowdfunding to cultivate a stronger ecosystem of investors, social enterprises, and local economy champions to support in a local, green and fair economy in the Upper Valley.

Our Vision:
We envision a region:

  • Rich in collaboration, with strong connections and partnerships between business resource organizations, regional investors, and the communities in which they reside – connections that are reflected in our sustainable business development proposals.
  • With a robust and resilient local economy. A a strong system that supports local investments, leverages capital, and offers complete funding packages to entrepreneurs, new businesses, and growing businesses.
  • With strong positive social and regional economic impacts as a result of the new partnerships forged, businesses started, jobs created, local dollars spent, and increased regional business-to-business networking and support.
  • Where residents gain a new way to connect with local businesses, through their understanding of and support for this novel approach to raising capital.

TLC Upper Valley Supporting an Emerging 4th Sector

The Upper Valley is one of five sites across the country participating in a National Science Foundation research project to pilot The Local Crowd, a community crowd funding platform to support social enterprises. Crowdfunding is the process in which an entrepreneur, business or organization asks a large number of people (usually through the Internet) to contribute small amounts of money to support a new business or project. The Local Crowd® works with rural communities to create local crowdfunding ecosystems that support the growth and sustainability of local businesses and organizations. The project will assess the effectiveness of the community crowdfunding program as a tool for community building and economic development while providing access to capital for local businesses and entrepreneurs.

We are fortunate to live in a community that is replete with social enterprises that are mission driven organizations that use business principles to make the world a better place. Social enterprises are part of an emerging 4th sector. The three economic sectors of government, nonprofits and businesses make up our traditional economy.  A new 4th sector combines the mission driven approach of nonprofits with the market driven approach of business. These entrepreneurial ventures are creating financially viable enterprises that prioritize social mission over profit—pioneering new ways to get the work done.

Calling All Farmers! Create a TLC Upper Valley campaign to fund a project that will grow your farm!

Farms in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire successfully funded a barn raising and a sausage cart while educating and connecting with their communities. Need storage space or a freezer so you can feed your community more months of the year? Can you create a value-added product if you only had the equipment? Create a campaign to fund your project and get the support (financial and moral) of your community! Call Nancy at 802-291-9100 x 106 or submit your proposal here.

Capital for Local Businesses!

Do you have an incredible project just waiting to happen – one that would grow or strengthen your business, our community, and the local economy – if only you had the funds to make it happen?

Learn More!

Entrepreneurs & Innovators: Get Your Idea Off the Ground!

TLC Upper Valley campaign can provide start-up capital while testing your idea with the community. Business support from TLC partners available to help you get going! Call Nancy at 802-291-9100 x 106 or submit your proposal here.

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Staff

Nancy LaRowe

Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Local First, Food & Farm

 802-291-9100 x106

Local First, Food & Farm

— Nancy LaRowe, Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Nancy joined Vital Communities as the Food & Farm Coordinator in 2014. She works to support and grow our local food system and economy. Nancy has lived, worked, and farmed in the Upper Valley for more than 25 years and believes our community is healthier and stronger when our connections to food and the farms that produce it stay vital.

Nancy's informal job title is Farmer-in-Residence: she also runs a pasture-based cattle farm in Norwich. Nancy is on the Board of the Norwich Farmers' Market and a retired Norwich volunteer firefighter and EMT. She loves puttering in the garden, hiking with her dog, and visiting farmers' markets.