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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.

Why become a Local First Springfield Member?

Helping you market your business as you receive:


A business listing on our online business directory

Social media presence on on all Local First Springfield platforms,  Announce special offers, share what you do, or simply link to your business for increased exposure for your products and services.


An opportunity to be on highlighted on Springfield Business First, a radio spot on WMAY.

Promote your business through the Local First Springfield email newsletter.

Participate in our Buy Local Month marketing campaign.

Participation in the Shop Local Springfield e-gift card.

Participate in joint marketing campaigns at a substantially discounted rate.


Window clings for your business identifying you as a member of the Local First Springfield community.

Attend business development workshops and seminars.


Network with other local, independent businesses at social events and meetings.

How to join Local First Springfield?


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. 

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