Think Local First

Think Local First

Each one of us has an important role to play in creating a vibrant community and healthy economy that works for all of us. Our everyday decisions have powerful impacts, especially when it comes to the businesses we support. There are many ways to be a localist but the simplest is to start with a commitment to always think local first. The Think Local First Campaign makes it easy to find what you need locally, celebrate the place we live, and put what matters most first. Keep your dollars where your heart lives, support your community, and build an economy that works for everyone by choosing local first!

If you’re a business that would like to get involved, contact Becca Weathers!

Ragfinery

Promoting Local Businesses

Marketing and promotional campaigns aimed at increasing exposure to independently owned businesses in Whatcom and Skagit County.
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Local Business Directory
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Chinook Book Mobile App
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Buy Local for the Holidays
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Celebrate Independents Month

Chrysalis Inn & Spa

Educating the Community

Increasing awareness about the personal, community, and economic benefits of choosing local first.
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Business Promotion
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Research and Reporting
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Awareness Campaigns
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Events

Fringe Boutique

Supporting our Economy

Locally owned businesses make purchases from other local businesses, service providers, and farms – continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.
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Keeping our community unique
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Reducing environmental impact
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Creating more jobs
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Encouraging local prosperity

Celebrate Your Independents!

For the whole month of July, we celebrate local, independent businesses. By making the choice to support local businesses we are also supporting local jobs, supporting the variety that keeps our place interesting and fun, keeping more of our money recirculating right here in our own cities and towns, reducing environmental impacts, and supporting businesses that give back.

Think Local First

We encourage residents to Think Local when they are considering where to make purchases, to Buy Local whenever possible and to Be Local by supporting businesses that keep our community unique. Sustainable Connections increases market share to independent, locally owned businesses by increasing awareness about the personal and community benefits of choosing local. Studies have shown that 69% of Whatcom County residents know the Think Local First program AND 3 in 5 local households have changed their purchasing behavior to Think Local First. If you’re part of a business who would like to participate in events, advertising, and Think Local First promotions, contact us about membership today!

Chinook Book Coupon App

Sustainable Connections and Chinook Book are helping connect good people with great businesses through a new mobile coupon app! Businesses are encouraged to contact Becca today to include a coupon offer in the new mobile app. Whatcom & Skagit County residents can download the app now to start saving on goods and services at their favorite local businesses in Whatcom & Skagit County, Seattle, Portland, and beyond!

Buy Local for the Holidays

This may be the number one way to enjoy your holiday shopping! Find the perfect gift and strengthen our community all at the same time. Peruse welcoming and unique shops with knowledgeable staff, maybe with a pastry from the bakery down the street! Feel good about getting that one-of-a-kind gift for your special someone while supporting our neighbors and local economy all at the same time. It beats the long lines and crazy crowds hands down!

Seasonal Promotions

Businesses love participating in seasonal promotions throughout the year! Valentines Day proves to be a hit with businesses proudly displaying their local lover window decal and participating in the Local Lover Tour! Contact Becca for details on how to be involved in the next promotion or tour.

Local Lovers Business Tour

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