The deadline for joining Pioneer Valley Local First and having your local business listed in the 38,000 copies of our Local Business Guide is this Friday. Our guide will be out this September! The more members PV Local First has, the more effective it will be promoting local, independent businesses like yours.
Here in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts we are blessed with great natural beauty and a vibrant local, living economy made up of independent businesses, wonderful family farms, educational institutions and active community organizations. It's a rich and diverse culture and one that Pioneer Valley Local First is dedicated to protecting and strengthening.
Since 2001 our mission is to encourage people to Think Local First so that they Buy and Bank Local First. Additionally, we encourage and support companies to be more socially, locally and environmentally responsible. We do this by showcasing great local companies and educating and encouraging Pioneer Valley citizens, community organizations, businesses and local governments about the benefits of doing business with locally owned, independent businesses.
We're a founding network of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and a proud member of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), two organizations that are leading the living economy movement with over 150 combined Networks throughout North America.