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Local First Utah Blog

Locals Tic-Tac-Toe

14 May 2015 Published in Local First Utah Blog
We all know the rules of tic-tac-toe, right? But this year, we're introducing as very special way to play.  Here's how it works: Step One: Take the Pledge to buy locally during Independents Week, then download a game card. --or-- Visit one of the dozens of businesses participating in Independents…

Take the Independents Week Pledge!

14 May 2015 Published in Local First Utah Blog
"This Independents Week, I hereby pledge to buy locally, as often as possible, in support of the locally owned, independent businesses that add to the character of Utah, our economic well-being, and keep the American Dream alive."   To take this pledge, please click here.     After you've taken the…

How to Renew Your Online Listing

28 April 2015 Published in Local First Utah Blog
Thanks to the financial support of Zions Bank, and the talented folks over at Third Sun Productions, our website and it's corresponding directory received a remarkable makeover last year. With this makeover, we added a few new elements to our directory: businesses can now subscribe to an Enhanced Listing which features…

Bottom Line Impact of the Local First Movement: Customer Traffic

10 March 2015 Published in Local First Utah Blog
  In part one of this special blog series, we reported that two-thirds of independent businesses across the country experienced revenue growth in 2014. This great news was published in the 2015 Independent Business Survey conducted by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. This week, we have more great news from…

A Portrait of Clearfield City

06 March 2015 Published in Local First Utah Blog
Earlier this year Local First Utah announced our partnership with Clearfield City, working together with their economic development office and local business owners to develop a dynamic “buy local” campaign in Clearfield. We’re excited about this partnership, and the groundbreaking work we’ll be doing in Clearfield, because studies demonstrate that…

Bottom Line Impact of the Local First Movement: Revenue Growth

02 March 2015 Published in Local First Utah Blog
Each year, the Institute for Local Self Reliance gathers data from locally owned, independent businesses, to study the impact that the “buy local” movement is having on economies and communities across the country.  We at Local First Utah wait in eager anticipation for the publication of the Independent Business Survey,…

Modern Credenza Competition at Mod-a-go-go

13 February 2015 Published in Local First Utah Blog
 When it comes to design, Utah is home to a host of raw talent.  Mod a-go-go is hosting a “Modern Credenza” design competition on March 20th, and has invited Local First Utah’s Executive Director Kristen Lavelett to serve as a judge in this unique competition. Amateurs, professionals, interior designers, woodworkers,…

"Shop Local, Give Local" at the Chalk Garden Co-op

13 February 2015 Published in Local First Utah Blog
The Chalk Garden Co-op is hosting a “Shop Local, Give Local” fundraiser on behalf of Local First Utah on Thursday, March 19th. Eva’s will provide small bites and the lovely folks from Beer Bar will be serving drinks. A long time provider of premier fashion to Salt Lake City, Chalk…

New Board Members Join the Local First Team!

13 February 2015 Published in Local First Utah Blog
We’re excited to announce the Amy Broekemeier of Pinnacle Performance and Moudi Sbeity of Laziz Middle Eastern Spreads have joined the Local First Utah team as our newest board members. Amy Broekemeier is the owner and clinical director at Pinnacle Performance. She received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in…

Gift Ideas to "Keep Love Local"

12 February 2015 Published in Local First Utah Blog
Valentine’s Day is so much more than a holiday meant for two. It’s a day of love, and really, what’s better than that? So whomever your sweetie (or sweeties) might be, “Keep Love Local” this year with one of these of local Valentine’s Day gift ideas. Satisfy Their Sweet Tooth…

Thanks to The Rock Church for joining the Local First Leaders Circle

29 January 2015 Published in Local First Utah Blog
At Local First Utah, we spend a lot of time talking about buying locally, because we are deeply passionate about the Local First movement. It is far more than the pursuit of discovering the next cool thing to buy, or cool place to eat. It’s about justice, equity and intentional…

Join the Team: Community Relations Coordinator

28 January 2015 Published in Local First Utah Blog
Local First Utah is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission to empower a movement to recognize the value and vitality of locally owned, independent businesses to our communities and our economy. We do this through educating and engaging the public, the businesses and our statewide community partners. Independents Week…