Join the Local First Chicago Board of Directors

Happy New Year!  We hope your holidays were spectacular and that the year is off to a good start.  We also hope that you or someone you know may be interestkeepitlocalposter.jpged in joining our Board of Directors this year.

Our Board is comprised of a small group of hardworking Chicago business owners who are committed to seeing locally owned businesses thrive in our city.  We want to see new businesses open and older businesses doing better and better every year.  What we don’t want to see are vacant storefronts or big box and chain stores overtaking every retail district. 

We are passionate about encouraging our neighbors to think local first because we know that independent small businesses keep more money in our local economy, are better for the environment, are great partners for charities and schools and keep our city unique for locals and tourists alike. 

Our Board of Directors is great but in order to reach more people and incorporate new outreach ideas in 2016, we’d like to add to our ranks. 


Retailers, restaurateurs, service providers, tech entrepreneurs, marketers, educators, urban planners, policymakers and anyone who shares our vision for small business in Chicago could be a good fit for our Board of Directors. 


Depending on your skills and interests, there are a few potential areas of focus:

  1. Strategic Planning
  2. Social Media, Marketing & Communications
  3. Business Directory
  4. Data and Resource Center
  5. Technology Selection & Implementation
  6. Events and Outreach
  7. Public Policy Recommendations


Most of us meet once a month and collaborate via e-mail and occasional working group meetings.  All of us donate to the organization individually or through our businesses.  This is not the sort of Board that asks for a huge financial contribution.  Members are asked to give a couple hundred dollars a year or whatever makes sense to them.


If you’re interested in learning more, please send me an e-mail and I can arrange for you to have coffee with one of our Board members.  We would then invite you to a meeting and if you want to join, and the Board agrees you are a good fit, we'll send you an official invitation. 


There are a lot of reasons to join our Board including giving back, helping others, meeting people and networking, learning new things and having a new professional experience.  Local First Chicago has been around for about ten years and we want to be an even stronger and more effective organization from here forward.  Your skills could help this organization to do great things. 

For more information please e-mail me at

Thanks and Happy New Year! 

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