Thank you for your interest in joining Think Local First DC. Members, supporters, and sponsors provide critical support to fulfilling our mission. Your business or organization can become part of a community that helps position local independent businesses and entrepreneurs for long-term success.

Why Join TLF DC? Think Local First DC provides:
-Technical Assistance
-Connection to other local businesses

Think Local First DC Business Membership Qualifications

To be eligible for a business membership, you need to answer “YES” to the following questions and complete the application below based on your company or organizations income:

  • Is your small local business privately held, a cooperative, worker, or community-owned?
  • Is your small local business at least 50% locally owned?
  • Is decision-making authority vested in the local owners and not subject to conditions dictated remotely?
  • Does your small local business operate in Washington, D.C.?

Thank you for being part of the powerful community that makes this possible every day!

Membership Levels


Think Local First DC membership is designed with the local business in mind. Whether you are a solo entrepreneur, nonprofit, or corporation, we are charged with building a network of Localists who impact the DC economy, influence policymakers, the media, partners, and other business members in the District. Think Local First DC Membership is based on your business revenue! This is our commitment to the TLF DC vision: to live in a thriving DC where small, local businesses are valued, invested in, and are successful. We no longer have an individual membership; however, you can donate as a Localist or to our Business Relief Fund to continue your support for the District’s local first movement.

Join today and become part of a vibrant, growing network of locally-owned businesses and community leaders that share your values and commitment to D.C.! You must sign up using the new application form below to become a member!

2021 Member Benefits:

Business Support and Resources

-Technical assistance for disaster relief assistance in partnership with Congressional Bank

-Think Local First DC is proud to announce a new partnership with telemedicine provider CareClix.CareClix will offer you a complete telemedicine solution that provides telephone, messaging, and video/consultation capabilities on any mobile device, computer, or tablet anywhere in the world. Think Local First DC member benefits:

  • $9.99 a month for TLF DC Members
  • Live On-Demand Virtual Visits
  • Access to CareClix Primary Care Network
  • Access to CareClix Speciality Network where available


Programs and Events

-Member discounted tickets for TLF DC signature events: Local First Awards and The Builder Dinner.

-Receive exclusive blasts to external partner events and programs.

-Complimentary Access to the Business Education Breakfast [Member Only] and The Employer Advocate Quarterly Seminars for one employee. Additional member employees are $25 to attend.


Access to The Local Buzz Subscribers

-Closed LinkedIn Membership Group access includes Webinars, vibrant discussion, and curated content.

-Job posting in the newsletter 1x a year

-Discounted fee to advertise in (The Local Buzz) company (Member’s Organization) special event, workshop, or program (featured in The Local Buzz)

2021 Membership Types

Builder Membership: Annual gross revenue of < $250K.

  • Annual Fee: $250.00

Changemaker: Annual gross revenue of $250K to $500K

  • Annual Fee: $300.00

Innovator:  Annual gross revenue of $500,001 to $1M

  • Annual Fee: $350.00

Visionary: Annual gross revenue of $1M +

  • Annual Fee: $600.00

Community and Nonprofit

  • The annual fee is 10% off based on the revenue of the categories.


Think Local DC Membership Application



Are you a local resident who wishes to support local businesses? You will receive our monthly newsletter and be invited to all public events hosted by Think Local First DC.

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