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    Your financial support helps Local First Chicago fulfill its mission to educate citizens, community groups, and policy makers on the positive and enduring economic, social and environmental impacts of local, independently owned businesses.

    To help further spread this message, LFC makes the following available to all Chicago local independently owned businesses:
    • Unlimited use of the LFC logo to show your wide support for our mission
    • An LFC decal to display at your front entrance identifying you as a true local business
    • Inclusion in LFC's online community with a link to your website
    • A marketing kit that makes it easy for you to participate in our city-wide educational Unwrap Chicago holiday campaign and other buy local campaigns
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    Support Local First Chicago

    Supporters are independent, locally owned businesses and individuals who are committed to the Chicago region and its quality of life.


    Businesses located in the Chicago region can join Local First Chicago if:
    • More than 50% of the business' ownership lives within 25 miles of the main place of business.
    • The business is privately owned rather than publicly traded (and therefore not owned by distant stockholders).
    • The business owners are autonomous to make decisions about the business at all levels, including the name, look, and feel of the business, menus and products sold, where inventory is purchased, marketing and advertising, accounting and legal services, and distribution of profits.
    If your business does not fit our criteria, we encourage you to join as a Friend of Local First Chicago to receive all of the benefits of membership with the exception of marketing and promotional support.
    Prospective members must meet ethical standards and their business model must be in line with the "spirit" of Local Living Economies.

    Membership Categories

    Business Member: $100-$500 Based on Annual Revenue
    • Free use of Local First Chicago branding (window decal and logo) to promote your business as locally owned
    • Free advertising in monthly newsletters with over 15,000 subscribers across Chicago
    • Free promotions to other businesses or consumers on our website and in our newsletters
    • Preferred promotion in “Buy Local” advertising campaigns
    • Premium listing in the online Local First Chicago business directory
    • Free/reduced admission to networking events and trainings
    • Advocacy for locally owned businesses

    Individual Membership – Any amount

    If you do not own a locally owned business, but would like to support our work
    • Free subscription to the ‘Chicago Happenings’ and ‘Chicago Business Monthly’ newsletters
    • Free/reduced admission to networking events, community events, and trainings


    All the benefits of Premium Business Membership with additional promotional opportunities.

    Contact us to discuss your Sponsorship package.