Local Business Surveys

Each year, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance conducts its Independent Business Survey about the climate for businesses in Local First communities. In January, 2016, over 100 Chicago businesses participated in the study, answering questions about challenges they face, public policy for local businesses, and benefits of publicity and marketing through Local First Chicago.

The national whole of local businesses who responded to the survey report that Buy Local Campaigns increase public awareness and have positive impact on their business. 


Local First Chicago is committed to strengthening our local economy by promoting locally owned, independent businesses.  

Together, we can positively impact local business through our Unwrap Chicago campaigns, events and social media.  


Help us connect consumers to local businesses by registering with our directory.  


Find the complete Institute for Local Self-Reliance 2016 Independent Business Survey Report here, and plan to participate in next year's survey next January.  




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