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Benefits of a Local First Springfield Membership

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1.    Helping you market your business as you receive:

  • A business listing in our Web site Business Directory
  • A business listing in printed Local First inserts in the Springfield Business Journal & Illinois Times during Independents Week.  Ad placement at substantially discounted rates is offered with the inserts.
  • Opportunity to participate in Home for the Holidays marketing campaign with print ads, radio, TV, and social media
  • Front-door stickers identifying you as a Local First Member
  • Window clings for both your personal and company vehicles to align your brand with Local First
  • New members receive a free one-year membership to Downtown Springfield, Inc.
  • New members can receive a Buy One/Get One ad in Springfield Business Journal.
  • Local First logo which you can add to your e-mail, Web site, and Facebook for maximum cross-branding

2.    Specially discounted business development workshops and seminars at Innovate Springfield.

3.    Networking with other local independent businesses at various socials.

4.    Participate in our large community event -- Annual Shred/Recycle Event -- where we collect various recyclables which supports the Salvation Army and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  You can volunteer and promote your involvement on your own Web site, e-mail and social media.

5.    Thanks to our members, Local First Springfield has become a prominent and respected voice in local civic affairs and is featured regularly on local radio and television, and in local newspapers and magazines.  Your concerns and opinions will be heard.

Membership Criteria


Business Member
$100 Annual Dues

To become a Business Member with Local First, you acknowledge that you are part of a privately held company with 51% or more ownership in Central Illinois.  The business is registered in Illinois, with no corporate headquarters outside the state.  Business decisions are made locally and these include business purchasing, practices, look, and name.


Non-Profit Member
$50 Annual Dues

A charitable, Non-Profit Member supports local business in Central Illinois but is not necessarily locally based.  Members of national non-profits must have their own Tax ID.


Consumer Member
$25 Annual Dues

A Consumer Member is an individual who supports local businesses and wants to be a more active part of Local First Springfield.


All membership dues will be invoiced annually in either January or July.


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