Since its inception more than a decade ago, Think Local First has been a strong and vital voice for independent business in our community. But we need your help! The majority of our funding comes from the annual dues paid by our member businesses and organizations. We are grateful for your past support of Think Local First and hope you will consider renewing your membership.  With your support TLF can continue our important work as a unique champion of local business and build a stronger, more vibrant community.
Your support will help TLF continue to serve as a powerful voice for local, independent businesses by:
  1. Hosting Indie Awards and publishing Think Local First Resource Guide.
We will be hosting our 3rd annual Indie Awards and releasing our brand new 2015/16 Resource Guide. Our partnership with The Ann magazine has dramatically increased the reach of our resource guide to over 25,000 Washtenaw County residents as well as adding substance and beauty to the guide. We will be releasing this year's guide at the Indie Awards celebration on June 30 from 6-10pm at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. 
  1. Networking and educational events.
Continuing to serve our members with networking and informational opportunities at our monthly events. Interested in hosting one of our events? Please let us know!  
  1. Marketing and social media support.
Continuing to serve our members by supporting their efforts through our social media channels, monthly newsletter, and appearances on the Lucy Ann Lance show and other media opportunities. 
  1. Being a voice for local, independent business in policy conversations
Continuing to serve our members by representing local interests in important conversations as a member of the Growing Together task force, Representative Rutledge’s Ypsilanti Economic Deveopment Taskforce and the Ann Arbor Downtown Taskforce
  1. Exciting new projects and collaborations
Pursuing new projects promoting the local food movement by providing leadership for the annual Homegrown Festival, the Local Food Summit, and exciting new collaborations with New Growth Associates looking at grain production in Washtenaw County and with The Michigan Land Use Institute initiating a local food branding project called Taste the Local Difference. 

     6. Supporting local music and culture.

Promoting the local music and culture scene. Partnerships with local institutions like the Ark, The Ann Arbor Film Festival, Treetown Sound, and the new AFC Ann Arbor soccer team allow us to promote our local musicians and artists as an essential piece of our local community and economy while getting our message in front of thousands of area citizens. 

We look forward to continuing to champion you and your fellow local businesses and organizations in the coming year. 

Renew your membership!  
Think Local First 2014
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