High Country Local First Membership

Membership Criteria for Local Business:

  1. Is your business privately held?
  2. Do the business owners who have a controlling interest of more than 50% live in the High Country?
  3. Can your business make independent decisions regarding the name and look of your business, all business purchasing, practices and distribution?
  4. Do you pay all your own marketing, rent, and other business expenses?
  5. Is your business based locally and has no corporate or national headquarters outside the state?

If you can answer “yes” to these questions, we invite you to join High Country Local First at a business level, sustaining or founding level. If these questions don’t define your business, please join us in supporting our local economy at an individual level!

If you would like to join, please send a check to High Country Local First 164 South Depot St Boone, NC 28607, please include type of membership and contact information. Or purchase a membership below!



  • Network with like-minded HCLF member businesses and farmers online and at HCLF sponsored events.
  • Special farmer page with photos, logo and farm description that can be updated as needed. Year round promotion.
  • Access to Member discounts to HCLF and Ascent events.
  • A listing in the HCLF bi-yearly printed directory.
  • Knowing you are helping keep independent businesses and farms visible, vital and growing in the High Country.
  • A chance to strengthen YOUR local economy.

Business Member


  • A listing in the HCLF bi-yearly Printed Directory.
  • Online business directory listing with a logo and link to your website/social media pages.
  • Year round promotion of your business directly to consumers who want to buy local.
  • Opportunity to offer discounts to Local First Rewards Card holders.
  • High Country Local First marketing materials including: HCLF posters, bumper stickers, and window decals.
  • Access to BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) resources.
  • Peer-to-peer business advice and counseling upon request.
  • 10% discount with a local attorney, free financial planning meeting.
  • Access to Member discounts to HCLF and Ascent events.
  • One FREE HCLF Rewards Card for business owner.

Sustaining Member


  • All Business Membership Benefits.
  • Recognized and promoted in printed materials, at events, on HCLF home webpage.
  • Opportunity to have promotional material on HCLF directory racks around the High Country.
  • Opportunity to host a cash mob event in conjunction with HCLF.
  • Opportunity to host a quarterly networking event in conjunction with HCLF.
  • A full page advertisement in each of the HCLF printed directories (printed bi-yearly).
  • Increased exposure on HCLF social media outlets, including two boosted Facebook posts per year.
  • Enable High Country Local First to continue to provide current, relevant information about our local economy and to further our programs.

Champion Member


  • All Business/Sustaining Member Benefits.
  • 2 full page advertisements in each of the HCLF bi-yearly printed directories.
  • Free Local First Rewards Cards for up to 25 employees.
  • Business Highlight on the HCLF website and in a newsletter.
  • Publicly and prominently recognized in advertising, at events, and in promotional materials.

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