Our Mission:

Local, First.

Local First is Utah’s leading independent business alliance, committed to promoting the economic prosperity of locally owned businesses. We focus on building connections, collaborating with government agencies and educating communities statewide on the value of buying locally.


Our Impact

Shifting just 10% of your spending to locally owned businesses will keep $1.3 billion in Utah’s economy. Here are 10 Reasons to Buy Locally:



you keep your money in our economy.

For every dollar spent in a locally owned business, $.55 stays right here in Utah. That's four times more money than if that same dollar was spent at a national retailer.



You embrace the CHARACTER of our community.

Independent businesses both emerge from, and contribute to, a sense of place. They are fed by the nature of the community, and define the unspeakable attributes of a town.



you create local jobs

Local businesses are better than chains or giant online retailers at creating jobs per consumer dollars spent. As well, independent business provide a diverse array of job opportunities and wages.



Join Local First.

As Utah’s leading independent business alliance, membership in Local First Utah offers a variety of unparalleled benefits. We exist to serve you, the independent businesses that form the backbone of our economy. Our benefits are designed to meet the unique needs of locally owned businesses, while strengthening community connections. Join today!

Business Booster
$100 / year

Humble Hero
$500 / year

Community Champion
$1000 / year

Local Legend
$2500 / year



Local Legend Spotlight: Legends Pub & Grill

“We consider ourselves to be common folk.” Lisa said. But, in the world of sport bars, with their commitment to highlighting local beer & spirits, providing high quality food while creating jobs, and building the sort of “third place” where people feel welcome and valued, Legends is anything but common.  

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Announcing Richards Brandt Miller Nelson as Celebrate the Bounty’s VIP area Sponsor

We’re proud to announce that Richards Brandt Miller Nelson is sponsoring the VIP Area at Celebrate the Bounty, along with joining Local First Utah as a Local Legends member!


LOCAl Legends Spotlight: Got Beauty

“I love our candy store vibe” Tammy Taylor said with a twinkle in her eye. However, Got Beauty is so much more than a  “candy store” fulfilling your every whim.  It’s also an economic powerhouse, with an all female staff, 42 ladies strong. Their 100 % woman run operation is not by design, Tammy shared,  but rather a reflection of organizational values and the laws of attraction.


Member Directory

Find a new restaurant for dinner, a barber, a mechanic, a dentist, a web designer, an account … a butcher , a baker or a candlestick maker. Whatever you are looking for, buy it locally, and keep four times more money in Utah’s economy.

Member Resources

Update your business listing, check out our Indie Business Academy Webinars, download a co-branding kit, or peruse the variety of one-of-a-kind business resources available to Local First Utah Members.


Celebrate the Bounty

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$75 Food & Drink

$65 Food Only

$125 VIP Tickets


The Best Party of the year …

Local First Utah’s annual food-centric fundraiser, Celebrate the Bounty, is a night like none other in Utah! We partner with some of Utah’s finest, local to the core, independent restaurants and spirit makers, in order to throw the best party in town for one helluva a cause: the strength & vibrancy of Utah’s economy and community.

Celebrate the Bounty features:

Dented Brick Distillery ~ Laziz Kitchen ~ Honest John Bitters ~ The Rest ~ Ogden’s Own ~ Salt City Vodka ~ Sugar House Distillery ~ Caputo’s ~ Vida Tequila ~ Waterpocket Distillery ~ Caffe Molise ~ New World Distillery ~ SLC Eatery ~ Thyme & Thistle ~ Leo’s Italy

This year, we’re back at the ever-so-elegant Caffe Molise, in the Historic Eagle Building at 404 South West Temple, where we’ll enjoy small bites, cocktails, a rousing silent auction, and great live music.



Upcoming Events

Build relationships with other locally minded citizens. Learn a new skill to apply to your business. Eat, drink and be merry, with the best in local food & drink. Whatever your reason, our classes, mixers and community events are not to be missed!


Community Champions

Local Legends

Cornerstone Sponsors

We’re grateful for the support of these businesses and sponsors whose contributions keep the wheels turning at Local First Utah. What to learn more about the benefits of becoming a Community Champion, Local Legend, or Cornerstone Sponsor? Email Kristen@localfirst.org.