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Increasing awareness about the personal, community, and economic benefits of choosing local, independently-owned businesses FIRST.

In support of our business members we ask our community to. . .

Think Local, Buy Local and Be Local First!

This program enhances the livability of our community, the stability and diversity of our local economy, and the retention and expansion of independently-owned businesses right here in our region by increasing awareness about the personal, community, and economic benefits of choosing local first.

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Studies have shown that 69% of Bellingham residents know the Think Local First program

AND 3 in 5 local households have changed their purchasing behavior to Think Local First



2015 Buy Local for the Holidays InsertResources For Buying Local

  • 2 Buy Local Inserts & Shopping Directories each year to accompany
  • Where The Locals Go CB 2016 CoverWhere The Locals Go Coupon Book! Almost 200 coupons to tons of local businesses right here in Whatcom & Skagit county. $10 each, click the link above to see where you can pick yours up!

  • Our online Member Directory, filled with all of our current members. Search by keyword, industry or Business Name to find what you need locally.



Are you the owner of an independent business in Whatcom or Skagit County?

Become a Sustainable Connections Member and receive campaign materials today!



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Starting or Managing Your Own Buy Local Campaign in Your Community?

Read more about what we did in beginning years

2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007      



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Thank you to our amazing sponsors helping to ensure that we can include every interested local, independently owned business


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                    Cascadia Weekly           wecu

Village Books Paper Dreams combined Wilson Motors

  baycity    Bellingham Frameworks

       lithtex          Favinger Plumbing

     Samuel's Furniture       Mt Baker Care Center

Louis Auto Glass  Final Touch Auto Spa

Audi Bellingham | Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
Esary Roofing and Siding Co., Inc.
| Fairhaven Runners & Walkers
Kulshan Cycles
| Overhead Door Co. of Bellingham 
Opportunity Council
| Special T Signs & Graphics
Sterling Real Estate Group | Yorky's Market

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