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What is Local First Springfield?

The mission of Local First Springfield is to provide consumer education on decisions that affect independent businesses and to encourage spending with local independent businesses in and around Springfield Illinois and Sangamon County.


I absolutely love being apart of Local First Springfield! The organization is a great resource for networking with other local entrepreneurs, educational events and building community for small businesses. 

Brian Frieze, Sangamon Reclaimed

We have gained much as members of Local First Springfield, from sponsorship opportunities, hosting events, to winning awards. To have the support of an organization that’s active and engaged is such a great asset to my business.

Jacob Godar, Scooter's Lawn Care

Joining Local First Springfield is one of the BEST decisions we've made in our six years in business. We have met and learned from - in both social and educational LFS events - like-minded local business owners.
Every LFS interaction and event inspires us and leaves an impact on us personally, professionally, and as a company as a whole. The best part?
Its membership base is made up of industries and professionals of ALL kinds, so it is impossible NOT to learn something or network with someone you may not have otherwise had the opportunity to meet. 

Annual Cost

Why become a Local First Springfield Member?

Helping you market your business as you receive:


A business listing in our online business directory


Opportunity to participate in our Buy Local Month marketing campaign, online, radio, TV, & social media


Window clings for your business


Local First logo which you can add to your e-mail, website, and social media for maximum cross-branding


Members can be nominated for Local First Springfield Awards

Participation in the Shop Local Springfield e-gift card

Business development workshops and seminars


Networking with other local independent entrepreneurs and businesses at various events

How to join Local First Springfield?