High Country Local First Membership

Member Categories

Membership fees are Annual


  • 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
  • Access to Member discounts to HCLF events
  • 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

  • All Individual Member Benefits
  • Online business directory listing with a logo and link to your website
  • Year round promotion of your business directly to consumers who want to buy local
  • Opportunity to offer discounts to LOCAL FIRST! REWARDS CARD holders
  • Retail kit with promotional material for High Country Local First
  • 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 events

Sustaining Member

  • All Individual and Business Membership Benefits
  • Recognized and promoted in printed materials, at events, home webpage
  • Opportunity to host a mob event in conjunction with HCLF
  • Free ad in the printed informational directory of independent businesses
  • Enable High Country Local First to continue to provide current, relevant information about our local economy and to further our programs

Champion Member

  • All Sustaining Member Benefits
  • Free LOCAL FIRST! REWARDS CARD for all employees
  • Free Business Profile in the printed informational directory of independent businesses

Founding Sponsor

  • All Individual, Business and Sustaining Membership Benefits
  • Business Highlight on the HCLF website and in a newsletter
  • Publicly and prominently recognized in advertising, at events and in promotional materials
  • First opportunity to host a mob event in conjunction with HCLF
  • Enable High Country Local First to establish programs to further our mission in the community.

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.

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