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

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/

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

Simon Fraser University

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....

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

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/

BNN Networks

BNN Networks is building a series of local media networks across 100 major cities in the US and Canada covering niche news topics of social and cultural impact not consistently reported within the current local news ecosystem. BALLE members are welcome to access these networks.

http://bnnnetworks.com

Bring it Local, LLC

Our goal is to redirect online consumer spending and help fund a new economy where money stays in our communities. We use a new form of crowdfunding that goes beyond the idea of donations. That means grassroots money which means grassroots power.

http://www.bringitlocal.com

D. D. Dunlap Companies, Inc.

D. D. Dunlap Companies, Inc., a third generation family business, was founded in the 1940’s, as was its sister corporation, Bay Shore Oil Company, Inc. Since our initial start in the Southern California oil business, both corporations have since diversified into commercial real estate and citrus agriculture.

http://dddunlap.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

Kitchen Table Advisors

Kitchen Table Advisors helps fuel the growth and long-term viability of the next generation of sustainable small farms. Founded in 2013, we launched a 3-year pilot project to establish a model for in-depth 1:1 business advising that would help farmers turn the corner with their business and go from scraping by on the equivalent of minimum wage to...

http://www.kitchentableadvisors.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

Local First

Local First is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization that seeks to strengthen our community and local economy by promoting, preserving, and protecting local, independently owned businesses throughout La Plata County. Organized in 2006 by a small number of volunteer business owners and communityminded residents, Local First today has more than...

http://www.local-first.org/

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

Good Streets, Inc.

The GoodStreets mission is to improve local economies by changing the way business is done on Main Street. By connecting local business owners with consumers who care, businesses can succeed in an increasingly competitive environment. When businesses succeed, communities thrive and everyone benefits.

http://www.goodstreets.org

Newintown LLC

Newintown aims to help you easily integrate with your new community by providing you with discounts to local businesses.  Newintown believes that the heart of town engagement are local merchants. Supporting their hard earned businesses is the best way to learn about your town and help the local economy thrive. Support local with Newintown.

http://www.newintown.com

Denmark

Hippebrun'co.

Hippebrun´co aspire to help leaders and organizations innovate on their leadership and business models in a way that help them build sustainable and mindful organizations, which can steer in an agile and effective manner in a world of constant change and uncertainty.

http://www.hippebrun.dk/

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/

Indiana

Local First Bloomington

Local First Bloomington is a non-profit organization committed to supporting and promoting locally owned, independent business. Our group educates the public, facilitates collaboration and engages in outreach in order to create a more economically and environmentally sustainable local community, while preserving its unique local character. Local...

http://localfirstbloomington.squarespace.com/

Louisiana

Propeller

Propeller is a New Orleans-based nonprofit organization founded in 2009 that incubates and launches socially minded ventures from its coworking space on Washington and Broad, where workspace and event space are available for rent.

http://gopropeller.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/

StartupNation

StartupNation has inspired, educated and consistently attracted entrepreneurs and small business owners from Main Street America who want to be their own bosses and live the American Dream.

http://www.startupnation.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/

Missouri

BASE KC

The Business Alliance for a Sustainable Economy – Kansas City (BASE KC) is a non-partisan community of local businesses and individuals that use our voice, presence and power to play a critical and positive role for creating a better world. We believe that sustainable economic development is compatible with shared prosperity,...

http://www.basekc.org

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 Jersey

Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance

Mission Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance exists to promote, support, and celebrate a vibrant and sustainable Greater Newark, NJ. We’re here to help communities and independent businesses connect and thrive. Our community prosperity starts here, in our Greater Newark community. Forward Ever helps keep locally-owned businesses in...

http://www.forwardevernj.com/

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/

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/

New Zealand

T & R Interior Systems

We offer a friendly personalized service unequaled in the market with branches in Auckland, Christchurch and the Head Office which is based in Wellington. We specialize in acoustic solutions and supplying quality interior systems building products with expert knowledge and delivery. We hold the sole agency for Daiken Ceiling Tiles in New Zealand,...

http://www.tr-interiorsystems.co.nz/

North Carolina

Asheville Grown Business Alliance

Asheville Grown Business Alliance is a grassroots organization whose mission is to support independently owned businesses in the community, to continue growing a vibrant local economy while preserving the unique character of Asheville and to emphasize the critical importance of thinking locally first when considering the impact of national and...

http://ashevillegrown.com/

Good Capital

We are coming together from a wide variety of sectors to look at economic development within a relational, community oriented perspective. Our goal is to change the story of the economy from empire to community.If you want to be part of amazing conversations between local change makers learning how to get it done together, and participate at the...

http://neighborhoodeconomics.org/

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/

Town of Carrboro

The Town of Carrboro is known for its well-managed growth, committment to resident input, cultural diversity, activities for everyone, economic base of locally-owned small businesses, and walkability for residents and visitors.

http://www.townofcarrboro.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

The Democracy Collaborative

The Democracy Collaborative is a national leader in equitable, inclusive and sustainable development through our Community Wealth Building Initiative. This initiative sustains a wide range of Advisory, Research and Field Building activities designed to transform the practice of community/economic development in the United States. Another important...

http://democracycollaborative.org/

Think Columbus First

Think Columbus First is was aunched in 2011 to inform central Ohioans on the benefits of buying from local independent businesses. TCF is a project of the coalition of organizations and locally owned businesses called Support Our Local Economy (SOLE).

http://thinkcolumbusfirst.org

Ontario

ecopartners

Ecopartners promotes environmental awareness, sustainability, local food, alternative transportation and a vibrant local economy through business networking groups that engage individuals from the local community, environmental organizations, businesses, academia and government.  Additionally we provide educational and consulting services to...

http://ecopartners.ca/

Oregon

THRIVE

THRIVE helps create a more prosperous and sustainable local economy. We are dedicated to diversifying and deepening the local economy, supporting family farmers and other locally owned businesses in becoming more sustainable, preserving farm land and the unique character of the Rogue Valley, and educating businesses and consumers about sustainable...

http://www.buylocalrogue.org/

Pennsylvania

City of Reading

The city of Reading, located in southeastern Pennsylvania, is the principal city of the Greater Reading Area and the county seat for Berks County. With a population of 88,082 as of the 2010 census, it is the fifth most populated city in the state, after Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown and Erie, and the sixth most-populous municipality.

http://www.readingpa.gov/

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/

Virginia

Virginia Community Capital, Inc.

Our mission is to offer innovative, flexible financial products designed to support housing and community development ventures, increase jobs and build sustainable communities. VCC offers loan capital that is broader than bank lending to projects that have a positive community impact in low- to moderate-income communities in underserved...

http://www.vacommunitycapital.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/

InvestNextDoor

Our business emphasizes supporting local small businesses looking for new capital and connecting them with local investors.  We disintermediate traditional lenders, and enable both businesses and investors and the communities in which they reside, to prosper through a symbiotic and organic financial relationship. http://www....

http://www.investnextdoor.com/

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

Wyoming

The Local Crowd, LLC

The Local Crowd, LLC is a Wyoming Limited Liability Company formed in 2012. The company mission is to provide financial tools that support the prosperity and sustainability of local communities. Co-founder and CEO Diane Wolverton has more than 25 years experience in rural economic development as the State Director of the Wyoming Small Business...

http://TheLocalCrowd.biz