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/


eVENT- Food Fright 2016 - All The Tasty Details

Food Fright 2016 - All The Tasty Details

How excited are we to share our full list of Food Fright 2016 Curators – these talented local chefs will be bringing their best game on Thursday, October 27 for Food Fright’s Foodie Face Off. We’re eager to welcome: 

1. ABV Social


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2. Amilinda


Photo credit: OnMilwaukee.com

3. Double B’s BBQ


Photo credit: Shepherd Express


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Local First MM

27 Oct, 2016

Local First Milwaukee & Lakefront Brewery Present Food Fright! 

Sponsored by Outpost Natural Foods Co-op, CityTins, Shepherd Express and Express Creative

Food Fright is Local First Milwaukee’s annual fundraiser, which supports our mission and helps us reach and support small businesses and consumers in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha, and Racine counties. 

Your ticket includes: 

Sample locally-sourced small-plates from 12 local restaurants and chefs competing in the "Foodie Face-Off"

Boogie down with the musical stylings of The 5 Card Studs and DJ Cat Reince 

Take a special Haunted Brewery Tour with Russ and the staff at Lakefront

Receive 4 complimentary Lakefront beer tokens to use throughout the event

Compete in an (optional) costume contest for fabulous local prizes

Participate in the silent auction, cork pull, and more opportunities to support Local First Milwaukee

Test your luck by spinning the CityTins prize wheel to win cool swag and your first chance to win or purchase the 2017 CityTins Restaurant edition

Tickets are $35 when purchased in advance, and $40 at the door – click here to purchase today! 

We’ve also partnered with Hunger Task Force to collect non-perishable food items for those less fortunate in our community. For each food item you bring to donate, you’ll be given an additional ticket to win our door-prize (stay tuned to find out which great, local products are featured).