Local First Milwaukee

We invite you to Eat, Shop, do Business, and Invest Locally!

In 2006, a small group of like-minded independently-owned Milwaukee businesses began to meet to discuss how to make Milwaukee a more sustainable community and how to highlight the unique character of our local businesses. 

A commitment grew from those conversations to create a network that could advocate to the community all of the benefits of choosing local businesses first. The founding members named their group Our Milwaukee because they felt the name demonstrated the pride they felt about their City. The network grew quickly and by 2011, with more than 200 member businesses and non-profits, a name change to Local First Milwaukeehelped strengthen both our identity and mission. 

Part of our advocacy work is to demonstrate how dollars spent locally effectively impact the local economy. Studies show that every $1 spent at a locally owned business, more than 68¢ stays local and impacts the local economy. Compare that same $1 spent at a chain store and only 43¢ remains in Milwaukee. Locally-owned businesses strengthen the local economy and create benefit for everyone!

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For general inquiries about Local First Milwaukee, please email us at info@www.localfirstmilwaukee.com

If your question is specific to membership, please email membership@www.localfirstmilwaukee.com

Local First Milwaukee Mailing Address

Address Details

PO Box 100283 Milwaukee, WI 53210

E-mail: info@www.localfirstmilwaukee.com Website: http://www.localfirstmilwaukee.com/


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Local First Lunch & Learn

18 Aug, 2016

Save the Date! 

Thursday, August 18 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | WWBIC

We’re excited to announce our August Lunch & Learn featuring speakers from Retailworks, Inc. and Outpost Natural Foods Co-op. Our topic is retail! Stay tuned for more information and to sign up for this educational workshop and networking event. 

Special Offers

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Local First Membership - 2 months FREE when you sign up for auto-pay


Local First is going GREEN! In an effort to use less paper, we invite any member who is not already on our auto-pay program to sign up today and receive two months of membership FREE. 

Members who are already enrolled in this program do not qualify. 

Contact membership@www.localfirstmilwaukee.com for more information. 


Welcome to Local First Milwaukee

Welcome to Local First Milwaukee! We are so excited to launch this new website, with added features for our member businesses and non-profits, and increased serchability for all of you local-enthusiasts looking to eat, shop, play, and do business locally! 

Check back for updates regularly – our 300+ members are updating their profiles and adding events, offers, and blogs constantly! 

For more information on how to join Local First Milwaukee, email membership@www.localfirstmilwaukee.com