"Think Local First" means making a commitment to strengthen our local economy. For every dollar spent at a local store or service provider, more than half will be reinvested in our community to create jobs, support charities, and increase our region's sustainability. Shopping at a business with a Local First Alliance logo means you are choosing a business or service provider that is dedicated to keeping your money hard at work in our region where it can do the most good.
Local First Alliance businesses strengthen the Upper Valley economy not only through their own work but by supporting each other. Mascoma Savings Bank, an Upper Valley institution for more than a century, demonstrated a unique approach to patronizing local business through its "Cash Mob" in February. Interested shoppers signed up at their local branch offices to hop on the Cash Mob Bus on February 8th and be transported to a surprise local business to shop. The first 50 shoppers received $20 from Mascoma Savings Bank to spend at the event.
The surprise destination? Dan & Whit's in Norwich. "They are a great local business and have a huge variety of things to buy, and they are a great community supporter that proves every day why people should shop locally," said Samantha Pause, Mascoma Savings Bank's Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sales, and Service.
To find other Local First Alliance businesses and service providers, please visit our Local Directory.