Localist Champions

Our Champions are visionary entrepreneurs and leaders who inspire us with their ideas, see the big picture in their communities, have an eye for spotting win-win-win opportunities and have the character and dedication to make things happen. Individually, they’re working hard and transforming communities. Collectively, they challenge us to collaborate, create new ideas and innovate new business solutions. They are a hub of action and change – and their leadership is a critical piece of the Localist movement. Thank you Localist Champions!

Alberta

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

EEDC is a wholly owned entity of the City of Edmonton, governed by an independent board of directors and managed by an entrepreneurial team that understands that our customers are Edmonton’s current/future business leaders and investors. EEDC is responsible for providing leadership to the economic growth strategy for Edmonton and the Capital...

http://www.edmonton.com

Live Local Alberta

Live Local helps citizens, independent businesses and communities ensure ongoing opportunities for independent entrepreneurs, prevent the displacement of locally owned businesses, and promote citizen engagement through: Supporting the development of community-based business; Promoting public education and coordinated campaigns; Encouraging local...

http://www.live-local.ca

REAP

REAP stands for Respect for the Earth and All People. We're an association of locally-owned businesses that care about people and the planet as well as profits. Together we are creating a vibrant and sustainable Calgary economy where citizens understand and value the impact of being local.

http://www.reapcalgary.com

Arizona

Local First Arizona

Local First Arizona (LFA) is a non-profit organization working to strengthen communities and local economies through supporting, maintaining, and celebrating locally owned businesses throughout the state of Arizona.

http://localfirstaz.com

British Columbia

CUPE BC

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) BC is the largest union in British Columbia, Canada, with 85,000 members working in a wide variety of public sector occupations in communities all over the province. In addition to being a strong advocate for local governments, CUPE BC initiated the Ten Percent Shift campaign to support local economies....

http://cupe.ca/

Helping Leaders Build Local Living Economies

A certificate program that combines short intense residencies with part-time online courses to give leaders the skills, knowledge and networks to build local living economies. Leaders will acquire local living economy frameworks, practices and networks to increase impact, intention and influence.  Simon Fraser University's Certificate...

http://www.sfu.ca/cscd/ced

LOCO BC

LOCO supports a vibrant local economy through local purchasing, business connections and sustainability. Our buy local campaign educates and entices consumers to buy local; we offer business memberships to connect local businesses; we have consulting projects building business sustainability and addressing government/institutional procurement and...

http://locobc.com

California

BayPoint Benefits

BayPoint Benefits is a certified B-Corporation and helps growing companies with: Employee Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability, and 401(k) Plans Commercial Insurance: Liability, Property, Umbrella, E&O, D&O, and many more risks Human Resources: Employee Handbooks, Hiring Practices, Customized Documents, and...

http://www.baypointbenefits.com/

East Bay Sustainable Business Alliance

SBA envisions a network of business, community residents and government engaged in actions that benefit the local economy, social equity, the environment, and quality of life for current and future generations. We provide opportunities for networking and sustainable business development, educate on localism, and support public policy changes for...

http://sustainablebusinessalliance.org

Share Exchange

The Share Exchange is one of the nation's first Local Economy Centers based in downtown Santa Rosa. Our space features a Made Local Marketplace where 250 local makers share a retail space; a Coworking Space for collaboration, innovation and incubation; an Event & Meeting Venue for community, business and art gatherings; and the Local...

http://www.shareexchange.coop/

Sonoma County GoLocal Cooperative

GoLocal's mission is to reclaim our local economic power. GoLocal is a network of locally owned businesses, residents, non-profit organizations, and government agencies working together to build a resilient, thriving, local economy by supporting local, independently owned businesses and encouraging sustainable practices. 

http://sonomacounty.golocal.coop

Thrive! Lake County

Thrive! Lake County works to be the local forum where businesses come together to transform and model an economy built on sustainable practices. We work with local, independently owned businesses and organizations that have the autonomy to make any transformational change in their operation that they can imagine.

http://www.thrivelakecounty.org

Willits Chamber of Commerce

The Willits Chamber of Commerce is a membership association, non-profit 501 (c) 6, and a business organization supporting local businesses, working to strengthen the local economy, promoting the greater Willits area and Mendocino County, offering networking opportunities, and advocating for business.

http://www.willits.org

Colorado

Mile High Business Alliance

We are a group of business owners dedicated to making local business work in Denver. We believe that our local businesses are the foundation of a healthy economy and community. We promise to source the products we sell, food we eat, services we use, and employees we hire from people right here in our own community before we look to...

http://www.milehighbiz.org

Connecticut

New London Local First

We are a network of locally owned, independent businesses formed to build a strong local economy and a vibrant community. We raise the awareness regarding the benefits of purchasing local; bring together locally owned, independent businesses for mutual benefit and networking opportunities; support  policies that promote localism; and...

http://www.newlondonlocalfirst.org/

Hawaii

Sustain Hawaii - Walk Story

Walk Story is dedicated to helping transform our islands’ capacity for enduring self-reliance by balancing ecological, socio-cultural and economic needs through community education, innovative practice, and advocacy. We believe in the wisdom of the short and sweet phrase, “Think global. Act local.”

http://www.sustainhawaii.org/

Illinois

Andersonville Chamber of Commerce / Andersonville Development Corporation

ACC's mission is to support and strengthen the uniqueness and vitality of the Andersonville business community -- one of the few urban neighborhoods in Chicago where small businesses predominate and thrive.  ADC promotes responsible community growth that allows the area to continue to develop while also helping to sustain its current...

http://www.andersonville.org/

Maine & New Hampshire

Seacoast Local

Seacoast Local is devoted to educating the area about the community benefits of rooting more money locally, in order to increase our region's economic, community and environmental strength.  Our role is to be the forum where locally owned, independent businesses come together to lead this transformation, within their own business and...

http://www.seacoastlocal.org/

Maryland

Impact Silver Spring

IMPACT Silver Spring is a non-profit organization located in Silver Spring, MD. Our mission is to build and sustain community-based networks that ignite inclusive local economies and vibrant communities. We achieve our work through Opportunity Circles- groups of neighbors working towards collective goals to improve their lives and their community.

http://www.impactsilverspring.org

Massachusetts

Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts

SBN engages business and community leaders in building economies that are green, local, and fair. SBN is an organization of individuals, business and community leaders committed to changing the way the world does business. We are building on that history in a new, intense effort to make significant progress toward a sustainable world.

http://www.sbnmass.org/

Michigan

Local First West Michigan

Local First encourages the development of a vibrant, sustainable West Michigan economy by promoting local business ownership, social equity, and environmental stewardship through education, support and collaboration. We envision West Michigan as a place in which the Local First concept is infused in all segments of community.

http://www.localfirst.com/

Think Local First

Think Local First supports and cultivates locally owned, independent businesses in Washtenaw County that are committed to making our community a healthier and more vibrant place to live. We provide resource sharing and community building opportunities for these businesses as well as raise community awareness and develop strategies for supporting...

http://www.thinklocalfirst.net/

Minnesota

Go Buy Local

Go Buy Local supports “buy local” initiatives with a low cost technical and operational infrastructure that strengthens local business and contributes to local schools and causes to support sustainable community development. We encourage participation in each community by all contributors – artisans, farmers, manufacturers,...

http://www.gobuylocal.com

Montana

Sustainable Business Council

SBC envisions a network of vibrant local economies and caring communities based on renewable resources and clean, efficient practices that lead to a healthy environment, rewarding employment, and a high quality of life. We assist businesses, organizations, and individuals adopt sustainable practices that protect and enhance the environment, the...

http://www.sustainablebusinesscouncil.org/

New Hampshire

Monadnock Buy Local

Monadnock Buy Local is a network of locally owned businesses, nonprofits and citizens building a stronger local economy and a more vibrant community. We educate customers, businesses, and government agencies to the benefits of purchasing locally; bring together independent businesses for mutual benefit and networking opportunities; and support...

http://monadnocklocal.org/

New Mexico

Delicious New Mexico

Delicious New Mexico’s mission is to connect, nurture, and expand the New Mexico food business community by building networks and supporting innovation and best practices. We are facilitating collaboration with New Mexico food growers and suppliers, and creating a strong, sustainable regional food economy. We bring together farmers and...

http://www.deliciousnm.com/

Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce

The Las Cruces Green Chamber is an active voice for responsible business. We create new opportunities for business by advocating for renewable energy, strengthening local economies, and seizing the green business advantage. Our members believe in investing in people, protecting our environment, and creating long-term profits....

http://nmgreenchamber.com/las-cruces/

Southwest New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce

The Southwest New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce supports and connects locally owned businesses dedicated to building sustainable economy communities.  We are a mix of locally owned businesses and those striving to make Southwest New Mexico a more exciting and vibrant place in the Silver City/Grant County area.

http://nmgreenchamber.com/southwest/

New York

Buffalo First

Buffalo First is comprised of local independent "Main Street" businesses, organizations and concerned citizens. Our mission is to build a local, green and fair economy in the Buffalo-Niagara region. We encourage people to shop locally; help independent businesses access local goods and services; advocate for better...

http://www.buffalofirst.org/

LEAF

LEAF is a program of The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, the leading voice of business in Columbia County, providing advocacy, promotional and benefit solutions for its members. The Chamber sets the standard for excellence in member service, community collaboration, business growth and achieving a high quality of life.

http://leafcolumbia.com/

Local First Ithaca

Local First Ithaca brings people, businesses, and organizations together to create a successful local economy that used resources, experience, and inclusiveness to create a thriving and livable community. We are an inclusive network of independent, locally owned businesses and services, farmers, non-profits and community members.

http://localfirstithaca.org/

Local First Rochester

Once Local First Rochester gets up and running (soon!), we will be reaching out to connect the local business, government and non-profit community. When you spend your hard earned dollars at local Rochester stores the multiplier effect is substantially greater than when you spend them at chain stores.  Plus, you get the warm, fuzzy for...

http://www.localfirstrochester.org/

Re>Think Local

Re>Think Local envisions a better Hudson Valley: vibrant, sustainable, locally rooted and human scale with equal concern for people, planet and profit. Through education, community building, and innovative programming, we support locally owned independent businesses in developing triple bottom line thinking to create...

http://www.rethinklocal.org/

North Carolina

High Country Local First

We facilitate healthy, ongoing relationships amongst our members who consist of independent, locally-owned businesses as well as individuals that are committed to the High Country region, its unique identity and quality of life. We provide creative and effective marketing for businesses, resource sharing and learning, peer to...

http://www.highcountrylocalfirst.org/

PiES

PiES is a public-private partnership with the community it serves, providing assistance to local entrepreneurs in business growth and development; technical assistance; funding and marketing.  Our incubator helps innovators and entrepreneurs create jobs in the new economy with emphasis on recycling, energy...

http://www.pies-northcarolina.org/

Triad Local First

The mission of Triad Local First, a network of locally owned and independent businesses in North Carolina's Triad region, is to share a commitment to building a strong local economy and a vibrant, unique community. We share ideas and network to promote locally owned businesses, to educate consumers and to encourage investment in our community.

http://www.triadlocalfirst.com/

Ohio

SOLE

SOLE is a network of locally minded independent businesses, citizens, and organizations working to promote vibrant communities and neighborhoods in central Ohio. We envision a thriving local economy that functions in harmony with local ecosystems to meet the basic needs of all people, support just and democratic processes, and foster joyful...

http://solenow.org/

Oregon & Washington

GO!

GO! is a business network building awareness about the value of local ownership and sustainability. Our work is focused around encouraging residents and visitors to shift their spending dollars from national chains to locally owned, independent businesses.  We promote Gorge-owned businesses, nonprofits and community...

http://gorgeowned.org/

Pennsylvania

Southwestern Pennsylvania Sustainable Economies Initiative

SWPASEI is an initiative of the Fay-Penn Economic Development Council whose mission is to maintain and increase employment opportunities in Fayette County in an effort to improve the quality of life for all of its residents.  This mission is met through a comprehensive strategy of specific economic development objectives...

http://buylocalfayette.org/

Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia

Our mission is to build a just, green, and thriving economy in the Greater Philadelphia region. We envision a future where businesses are investors in the quality of life for all citizens. We challenge and support the business community to build profitable enterprises that serve community needs, share wealth, and protect the...

http://sbnphiladelphia.org/

South Carolina

Lowcountry Local First

LLF advocates for the benefits of a local living economy by strengthening community support of our local independent businesses and farmers. Our core values are Live Local, plant the seed and help it grow, do everything with passion, drive action through relationships, celebrate the unique, diverse nature of our community, and make a local impact.

http://www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org/

Vermont

VBSR

Founded in 1990, VBSR is a non-profit, statewide business trade organization with a mission to advance business ethics that value multiple bottom lines: economic, social, and environmental. VBSR members employ more than 13% of Vermont’s workforce and generate more than 4 billion dollars in revenue annually. We strive to help members set a...

http://vbsr.org/

Washington

Go Local Tacoma

Go Local connects local independent businesses to consumers, resources, educational opportunities and each other building a prosperous community. Our Vision is building community that supports and is supported by local independent business.  

http://golocaltacoma.com/

Seattle Good Business Network

Seattle Good Business Network is a network of local businesses, nonprofit and municipal organizations, and residents dedicated to building a vibrant, local economy based on shared environmental and community values. We envision a lasting prosperity grounded in place: a thriving regional economy, healthy environment, strong...

http://www.seattlenetwork.org/

Wisconsin

Dane Buy Local

Dane Buy Local is a coalition of local independent businesses, organizations, and citizens acting in alliance to keep our communities prosperous and sustainable. With over 600 members, we are one of the largest and most successful buy local initiatives nationwide. Our challenge is to keep up with our members and stay ahead of...

http://www.danebuylocal.com