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Local First Alliance is a coalition of independent business owners that have made a commitment to support each other and strengthen our region's economy. We look for members who 'walk the walk' when it comes to reinvesting in our Upper Valley economy.

John Ring, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), is the definition of a vested Local First Alliance member. What sets John apart from others in his field, is his devotion to the Upper Valley and his connection to its heritage. He has lived in the Upper Valley for over 40 years and is proud to be an 11th generation Northern New Englander hailing from such trail blazers as Daniel Webster and the Vermont poet/abolitionist, John Greenleaf Whittier. Born and raised in Claremont, NH, John now works out of his home in Norwich, VT and has been a CPA since 1971. "Local First Alliance matches my personal beliefs as a local", says John. "I only represent local clients and I'm happy when they're successful. Having grown up in Claremont, I've experienced first-hand what happens when we lose our local businesses and only focus on price and convenience."

Aside from calling this area home, John makes a concerted effort to shop at, and do business with, other Local First Alliance members and locally based businesses. A huge advocate of recycling and environmental sustainability, John also has a personal goal to free himself of the use of any internal combustion engines.

Use our online member directory to find other business providers, like John, who are committed to the economic strength of our region.