Local First Alliance Membership

A guide to becoming a Local First Alliance Member

Local First Alliance, a program of Vital Communities, welcomes local businesses and organizations as members, creating a united group working to support and strengthen the Upper Valley economy. There are currently 123 Local First Alliance members taking advantage of membership benefits and promoting their commitment to the Upper Valley economy, community, and environment with help from Local First Alliance.

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Why has so many Upper Valley businesses and organizations joined with Local First Alliance and why should you?

Local First Alliance provides members with numerous benefits and opportunities including support, resources, and collective outreach.

Tangible benefits include:

  • Our Welcome Kit, with posters, stickers, and more!
  • Regular news and event updates
  • FREE listings in our online member directory — a fun, frequented source for locally owned and independent businesses, artists, nonprofits, and farms
  • Opportunity to profile your business or organization’s commitment to community and environment
  • Member decals, to identify your business as locally owned
  • Use of the Local First Alliance name, logo, and messaging in your business or organization marketing
  • Collective marketing opportunities with television, radio, print, and online outreach for Alliance membership
  • Free or reduced price admission to networking and educational events

The Local First Alliance decal is a well known sign that sets Local First Alliance member storefronts apart. Community members all around the Upper Valley acknowledge and search for the Local First Alliance decal knowing that it represents a sustainable approach to a stronger economy and acts as a reminder to think local first.

What do I have to do to become a member?

Becoming a Local First Alliance member involves taking a few minutes on our website to sign up. You will select your membership level from the options listed depending on the details of your business or organization. There are five membership levels designed to fit the needs and capabilities of all organizations. A chart showing the details of the membership levels is available on the Local First Alliance website. You will then fill out some basic information and make a one-time payment for the year, which corresponds with your membership level.

What happens once I sign up to become a member?

After signing up to become an LFA member on the Local First Alliance website you will be contacted by Local First Alliance staff and provided with a welcome kit to help you get involved in the many benefits and opportunities. On the same page where you signed up you can renew your membership and login to access member materials and resources.

To learn more and to become a Local First Alliance member visit the Local First Alliance website or email LocalFirst@VitalCommunties.org. 

Local First Alliance is a program of Vital Communities, a nonprofit organization based in the Upper Valley that brings together citizens, organizations, and municipalities to take on issues where an independent voice and regional approach are essential. Go to VitalCommunities.org to learn more about how we strive to make our region a better place to live, work, and play every day.


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