July Is Independents Month
Participate As A Business

Help Us Celebrate Businesses Like Yours At The Peak Of Summer

July is the time to remind our community about the power of Thinking Local First, and the ripple effect of good local businesses create — high-quality jobs, uniqueness of place, reduced environmental impact, and so much more.

Indie Month business opportunities are a la carte—pick and choose which ones you want to participate in during the application process. 

If you’d like to participate, fill out the Indie Month Business Application by clicking the button above, before Friday, June 21st.
Spots fill up quick!

This opportunity is open to Sustainable Connections members. Join or renew today online, by clicking here.

Participation in Think Local First seasonal promotions are included in your Sustainable Connections membership and are FREE (other than donating a prize).

How to Get Involved


Host and hide a rock
(or several)

Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt? 

We’ll provide the painted rocks, and instructions for your staff and even deliver it all to you in late June. You’ll be in charge of hiding your rock(s) inside your business, on your block or somewhere out and about Whatcom or Skagit County and provide a local prize.

‘A Rock Hunt?’ you say, click here to see just how viral rock hunts are right now and for some examples.


Donate a local prize!


We’re seeking enticing local prizes in a variety of forms and sizes!

Gift cards, behind the scenes experiences or physical items are encouraged. Prize values can range in value from $10-200+. Let us know if you need help brainstorming.

The rock(s) your business hide won’t neccesarily correspond with the prize you’ve donated. The idea being that people who may not know about your store yet, and who find a rock around Whatcom or Skagit county will be directed to your store to pick up the prize you’ve donated, in person.



Promote the Think Local First Message

Local business actively promoting Think Local First are what make Indie Month a success

We’ll provide you with the neccessary print materials for in store, as well as a neatly packaged Promo Toolkit so you can copy, paste and post easily throughout July to your social media, newsletters, website and more. We’ll be promoting on your behalf during June and July too, but the more unique viewers we can reach the better!


Printed Materials


  • We print and mail 10,000 targeted postcards directly to local’s shoppers homes
  • We provide printed POS and window signage for inside your business

Public Engagement Activity


  • New this year, we’re hosting a large scale Rock Hunt, see details below

Social Media & Online 


  • Our Facebook page =  6,200+ followers
  • Our Instagram = 1,700+ followers
  • Monthly Newsletters = 2,500+
  • Website = 60k+ viewers

Local Advertising


  • We advertise in local publications and outlets like Cascadia Weekly, Bellingham Herald, Bellingham Partnership  and more.

Many Thanks To Our Think Local First Sponsors: