For D.C.’s

Think Local First DC works to live in a thriving Washington, D.C. where local and diverse businesses are valued, invested in and successful.

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Every dollar spent at local businesses generates at least 3 times more direct economic impact.


Invested Locally

If anchor institutions shift 5% of their spending to local firms, it would create $100 million in new revenue.


Gainfully Employed

More than 7,000 residents are gainfully employed by members within our network.

Meet the People that give
our work Purpose



Through Made In DC, Katie, founder of Stitch & Rivet, a handmade bag and leather goods studio, shared with consumers how her business creates a positive impact on the local economy.



Andy, founder and owner of Busboys and Poets, is well-known as an advocate for local independent business in DC and counts on Think Local First as an important ally.



Kim, founder of Cureate Connect, partners with Think Local First to connect large businesses, name brands and institutions with small business owners in DC through her platform.

Event Spotlight

October 2018

Local First Awards 2018

The Local First Awards celebrates local independent businesses and recognizes their positive impact in the community.

Venue Name

The Showroom DC

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Our Community

  • A Few Cool Hardware Stores
  • Ben's Chili Bowl
  • BBQ Bus
  • Big Bad Woof
  • Busboys and Poets
  • Cureate Connect
  • DC Brau
  • Link Strategic Partners
  • Made In DC
  • Neighborhood Restaurant Group
  • Provoc
  • Tryst