Local First Webinar Series

 Local First Webinar Series

Driving demand for Localism

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This series features innovative strategies at the business and network levels that effectively make the case for local and result in more buying and thinking Local First. We know driving demand for local products and service is a critical piece of building the Localist movement and taking Main Street mainstream. Locally produced goods and locally owned businesses have received a surge in support and awareness over the last several years thanks to many of the “Think Local First” campaigns around North America. We continue to support this movement through showcasing effective models, campaigns, policies and programs that expand ownership and shift purchasing towards locals first.

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  • Gather with others from your area to participate in a "viewing party" for each webinar. Groups can attend using just one member's registration.
  • Ask the presenters the questions you need to create a Local First movement in your area.
  • Hold a discussion group afterward to investigate how your community can apply what you learn.

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Current Mini Series on Local Procurement

In case you haven’t noticed, BALLE is big on local procurement. Buy Local campaigns and consumer education are still essential tools in the Localist workbench, but bringing the Localist movement to scale requires setting our sights on some of the biggest consumers out there: governments,  large corporations, and anchor institutions. These entities represent an enormous sector of the economy, and tapping into this demand could represent millions, or even billions, of dollars of income for local businesses in your community.

Now that we've covered various models for localizing procurement across sectors and with many kinds of institutions, we’ll go deep on food procurement. Localizing food systems is common work for Localists, and it's also an area of local procurement with more history and greater traction than other forms of local purchasing.

Through our next three webinars, we'll explore how to get local and regional foods into wholesale and retail markets, and a range of institutions including universities, hospitals, K-12 schools, and other large businesses and anchor institutions.

Did you miss our first webinars on procurement from November through March? Purchase the recordings today.

Next Webinar

Relocalizing Food Systems: Innovative Models from Local Orbit 
Tuesday, April 22 | 10am PT/1pm ET

Inspired by its work building technology infrastructure for local and regional food networks, Local Orbit works with food entrepreneurs of all kinds who are interested in relocalizing the food system.  Join us for a discussion about innovative ways to build regionalized distribution systems, particularly in ways that keep capital costs low and increase viability in the long run.  

This webinar is geared towards anyone interested in the local food system: food makers, growers, processors, incubators, retail outlets, and specifically those who are focused on aggregation and distribution.  AND be the first to gain access to Local Orbit's interactive toolkit filled with resources and information to support those building a healthy, localized food system.  

Included in the discussion:

  • Innovative examples of local food distribution systems from around the country
  • Common bottlenecks to anticipate and some creative solutions to navigate around them
  • A process and framework that will help ANY food entrepreneur move forward in their business
  • Early access to a free Local Orbit interactive toolkit!
  • Q&A


Erika Block is the CEO of Local Orbit, which supports diverse local distribution models across the country.  Erika brings unique perspective on best practices and challenges within this emerging sector.  She’s also built and managed two start-ups.  Prior to Local Orbit, Erika founded an entrepreneurial arts organization, producing cross-sector partnerships in the US, Great Britain and South Africa. Throughout her career, Erika has created collaborative environments that facilitate learning and action.  She is a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, and comes from a family of fruit peddlers, meat processors, restaurant owners and wholesalers. 

Noah Fulmer was the founder and Executive Director of Farm Fresh Rhode Island before joining Local Orbit as Director of Training & Capacity Building.  Farm Fresh Rhode Island runs farmers markets, a processing kitchen and a wholesale food hub connecting 60 local producers to over 100 chefs, grocers, schools and institutions every week.


Local Orbit provides software and training services for the entrepreneurs who are building the New Food Economy.  They provide the tools for farmers, producer coops, food hubs, farmers markets and independent distributors to efficiently sell to local restaurants, grocers, and institutions.  Online marketplaces powered by Local Orbit are active across nine states and Canada. We help people build profitable businesses and healthier communities.

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