Thursday, October 17, 2019
7:00pm – 10:00pm at Audi Field
Hosted by Lesli Foster, WUSA9 Anchor
The Local First Awards
The Local First Awards is a celebration of local independent businesses, entrepreneurs, and artists who give back to the community and create a positive impact! The Local First Awards is an initiative of Think Local First DC, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting local independent businesses and promoting their positive impact on our communities to the public.
Think Local First
Think Local First supports locally-owned businesses as they create more prosperous, connected and entrepreneurial communities. It matters where people choose to spend their money. Opting to support locally owned, independent businesses creates a positive effect, often referred to as a ‘multiplier effect,’ which is credited with enhancing social and civic well-being, is linked to higher wages, and reduces inequality while strengthening the middle class.
A Local Independent Business Means:
- Private, worker, community or cooperative ownership
- Decision-making authority is vested in the local owners and not subject to conditions dictated remotely (not a publicly traded company)
- At least 50% locally-owned
2019 Award Winners
A local community developer, investor, or lender with deep roots in the community and known for positive investments in DC’s people, culture, and future.
A local business owner who makes a significant and noticeable impact in the community.
A local business, entrepreneur or artist who designs, makes, produces, and/or assembles a product in the District of Columbia that makes an impact.
An environmental champion who works to improve the local community through sustainable practices, products or services. This local business or individual significantly reduces waste or consumption, creates green products and/or provides green services.
A model employer who puts their people first by providing quality jobs, fostering a positive work environment, and championing beneficial business practices.
A local business, entrepreneur, or artist who inspires with a creative new idea, product, perspective, model and/or solution.
A business that supports the local economy by purchasing supplies and services from other local businesses, creating a “ripple effect” as money circulates within the local community.
A person who's the first in his/her field in the District and leads the way for others to follow chosen by Think Local First DC’s Board of Directors.
Local First Award Judges
An independent judging panel composed of local business and community leaders, activists, journalists and citizens select nominees for seven award categories. Those nominees are then vetted and finalists are publicized. The lucky winners are announced at the official Local First Awards ceremony.
2018 Award Winners
Hunny Bunny Boutique
Calabash Tea and Tonic
Up Top Acres
Dreaming Out Loud
Stacey Price - the force behind Shop Made in DC
2017 Award Winners
LOCAL FIRST AWARDS CATEGORIES
The Showroom is Washington DC’s newest, most exclusive event venue. The open, modernized, industrial space will serve as a blank canvas for each client to create stunning, unique events for anything from high-profile corporate gatherings to social events. With a combined twenty plus years of experience in DC’s thriving event industry, The Showroom team will celebrate the rich history of the city in one of the most desirable and sought after locations.
1099 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
There are many ways to participate in the Local First Awards!
Our volunteers make the whole thing run and you can't beat the perks.
The Local First Awards is possible because of your generosity.
Use #LocalFirstAwards and add to the conversation online or be a media partner and amplify the impact.
Buy tickets and bring your friends, family, and co-workers to the best party of the year. (ticket site to be added soon)
Strengthen our local economy by aligning your purchasing power with your values!