About Think Local First D.C.

Our goal is to transform DC’s economy by strengthening the voice of the local business community and implementing programs that increase the sustainability of their business practices. We facilitate sustainable economic development through the following:

Educate: We educate consumers, businesses and policymakers about the benefits of supporting DC’s local, independent businesses through the “Think Local First” marketing campaign.
Nurture: We connect entrepreneurs to each other through networking events, workshops and cooperative purchasing groups, in order to strengthen and grow the local business community.
Advocate: We advocate for public policies that support the growth of DC’s local businesses and lead to a more local, fair and sustainable economy.

We are proud to be a member of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) , the a nationwide network of 20,000 entrepreneurs dedicated to building strong Local Living Economies.

Think Local First DC was formed in 2006 by the Latino Economic Development Corporation, a non-profit organization located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.