Local First Networks

As part of SBN’s mission to build economies that are local, green, and fair, SBN helps seed and support Local First Networks here in Massachusetts and around the nation. The following Local First Networks were launched with support from SBN and remain an integral part of SBN’s work:

Cambridge Local First

Mission: The mission of Cambridge Local First is to support, promote, and celebrate a “Local Economy Community” by educating the public and government about the significant environmental, economic, and cultural benefits of a strong local economy

Activities:

  • Raising the awareness of consumers, businesses, and government agencies about the benefits of purchasing from locally owned businesses
  • Bringing together independent businesses for mutual benefit and networking opportunities
  • Supporting Cambridge ordinances and regulations that promote locally owned businesses

Contact:
Jaclyn Sinay

info@cambridgelocalfirst.org
http://cambridgelocalfirst.org/

 

Somerville Local First

Mission: Somerville Local First (SLF) engages business and community leaders in building economies that are green, local and fair

Activities:

  • Distribute two publications per year (The SLF Coupon Book and A Locals Guide to Somerville) for free in the community
  • Manage campaigns to increase local purchasing throughout the year (The 10% Shift, Shift Your Shopping, Move Your Money).
  • Provide technical assistance to local entrepreneurs to help them run more sustainable and profitable enterprises.
  • Connect members to other members and the community.
  • Support and advocate for policy that supports Local Independent businesses and a sustainable local community.
  • Connect members to help them make their businesses more sustainable, including reducing environmental impacts and localizing their purchasing.

Contact:
info@somervillelocalfirst.org
http://www.somervillelocalfirst.org

 

Belmont-Watertown Local First

Mission: It is Belmont-Watertown Local First’s mission to build a strong local economy and a vibrant community by:

  • Bringing together independent businesses for mutual benefit and networking opportunities
  • Initiating and supporting public policy that improves the business environment for locally owned businesses
  • Organizing a Local first campaign that educates customers, businesses, and government agencies to the benefits of purchasing from locally-owned businesses

Watertown residents Rena Baskin, Barbara Ruskin, and Jonathan Rosenthal began conversations with national Local First leader Laury Hammel in the fall of 2011 about the possibility of starting a Watertown Local First organization of locally owned and independent business owners. After a series of meetings with various local independent business leaders, Don Levy of the Deluxe Town Diner agreed to chair Watertown Local First. A meeting was held on November 1, 2011 (11/1/11) and five independent business owners agreed to found Watertown Local First.

Belmont businesses were invited to become part of the organization in January of 2013, and the organization officially changed its name to Belmont-Watertown Local First in April of that year. Plans are underway for the first Belmont-Watertown Local First hard copy business directory, scheduled for Spring 2014 release.

Contact:
info@bwlocalfirst.org

bwlocalfirst.org

Worcester Local First

Mission: Worcester Local First is a non-profit network of local, independent businesses. Our mission is to connect consumers and local businesses to create a stronger local economy and a more vibrant community.

Activities:

  • “Like a Local” Campaign encouraging local consumers to support member businesses.
  • Bringing together independent businesses for mutual benefit and networking opportunities.

Contact:
774.314.9495
worcesterlocalfirst@yahoo.com
www.worcesterlocalfirst.org/

SBN has aided in the establishment of 25 additional local first groups in Massachusetts including: Amesbury, Brookline, Jamaica Plain, New London, and Roslindale and was instrumental in the development of the New England Local Business Forum (NELBF) and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE).   

 

Brookline Local First

Mission: The Brookline Local First Movement encourages community members to shop locally and support the independently owned and operated small business. The Brookline Local First tagline “Shop The Sticker”, encourages consumers to seek out storefronts boasting the BLF logo in their windows. The result is a strong local economy and the continued support of the businesses unique to Brookline, MA.

Activities:

  • “Weatherize Brookline:” Residents sign up for Green Homes Brookline and schedule a no-cost Home Energy Assessment to be entered into a drawing for $100-$500 to Brookline Local First participating businesses.
  • Growing Brookline Local First by offering workshops where local can discuss the economic, civic and other benefits of community-based businesses.
  • Encourage community members to volunteer in events that promote building a strong local economy and a vibrant community.
  • Engage in positive conversation with local experts and residents.

Contact:

admin@brooklinelocalfirst.org

http://brooklinelocalfirst.org 

 

Jamaica Plain Local First

Mission: The mission of JP Local First is to support, promote, and celebrate a “Local Economy Community” by educating the public and government about the significant environmental, economic, and cultural benefits of a strong local economy.

JP Local First is for JP business owners who want to work together to grow our sustainable local economy and strengthen our vibrant community.  Membership is open to independent and locally owned JP businesses. Together, we aim to educate the public and government about the significant environmental, economic, and cultural benefits of supporting the local economy.

Movement:

  • The Institute for Local Self-Reliance reported that a 2003 study in Maine found that residents spending $100 at a big box retailer would generate only $14 in additional local spending. That same $100 spent at a locally owned business generated $45 in additional local spending or three times as much. Dollars spent at a local retailer support not only that store and its employees, but also a variety of other businesses, including local banks and the self-employed.
  • The 10% Shift: By shifting just 10% of our dollars away from non-local businesses, our commercial areas will grow, more local residents will be employed and more dollars will stay in JP. Communities throughout the country have strengthened their local economies by developing Local First initiatives. Now is the time for JP to initiate local first and take on the 10% Shift.

Contact:

jplocalfirst@gmail.com

http://jplocalfirst.org/contact/

 

Waltham Local First

Mission: Information Coming Soon!