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About Think Local First

Our mission is to support and cultivate locally-owned, independent businesses in Washtenaw County, Michigan that are committed to making our community a healthier and more vibrant place to live.
Think Local First provides resource sharing and community building opportunities for locally-owned independent businesses as well as raising community awareness and developing strategies for supporting these businesses.

We work in the following program areas:
  • Support of Locally-Owned Independent Business: We support the growth and development of local living economy businesses by creating opportunities for business leaders to network and share best practices of sustainable local business.
  • Community Education: We encourage local and sustainable purchasing by county residents and businesses and educate the community about local living economies through our resource guide, website, newsletter, events, and through public speaking engagements.
To find out more about our principles, click here, or click here to learn about our vision for Think Local First and our community in 2012.

Our Board of Directors

Think Local First's Board of Directors oversees the direction of the Executive Director, Ingrid Ault. There are twelve members that represent a mix of our community. They serve two year terms and are invaluable to the growth and development of Think Local First. 

OFFICERS: (Term runs through June 30th, 2014)

President: Charlie Penner, Director of Michigan Small Business Development Center

Vice President: Jud Branam: Owner, Ink By The Barrel

Secretary:  Open

Treasurer: Eric Bassey: Owner, Production Solutions


Middy Matthews
: Owner, 360 Phot0

Jessica Meissner: Economic Anthropologist at The Shed, Business & Employment Cooperative

Alex Perlman: Owner, The Beet Box

Kyle Poplin: Owner of The Ann Magazine

Scott Rosencrans, Owner, Grants Resource

University of Michigan BOARD FELLOWS:

Jonathan Kaylor

Gillian Kitchen

Interested in learning what we are working on right now? Here are links to e-newsletters that will give you a good idea of the projects we are doing and participating in:

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

Special Event with Jeff Milchen

February 2013

January 2013

(Nov/Dec) Buy Local Week Announcement

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

Special Holiday Party Invitation

December 2011

Special November notice

October 2011

September 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

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