Supporting local businesses, consumers and our community.
Become a Member
Interested in becoming a member?
Phone or email our Managing Director, Michèle Hamilton (250-889-1354), if you have any questions.
Register Online (below)
The criteria for Think Local First membership are:
The business is privately held.
Business owners (totalling greater than 50% of the business ownership) live in Greater Victoria.
Your business is located and registered in the Greater Victoria Area (between Sooke and Sidney).
Your business has the ability to make independent decisions related to location, purchasing, business practices, distribution, and marketing. Unfortunately, we do not accept franchise businesses as members as they are often restricted in the products, business name and marketing they can use.
Your business pays all its own expenses, including rent and marketing expenses, without direct assistance from a corporate headquarters.
Businesses located in Greater Victoria that meet all the criteria above except for having 50% of the business ownership living in Greater Victoria may be considered for membership by the Board provided that 50% of the business owners live on Vancouver Island.
Your business must agree to operate with ethical business practices and to make an effort to provide a high level of customer service.
We vet every business to make sure that they are actually locally owned in order to maintain the integrity of our organization.
There is an annual membership fee of $250 for a business with one location, each additional location is $50, up to a maximum of 4 locations or $400. These dues are used to fund marketing and administration costs. We are a registered non-profit organization, so these fees offset our costs, but most of our work is done by volunteers within the business community. Please note that annual membership fees are prorated for members who join during the fiscal year, which begins on May 1.
Shoot us an email if you have any questions. If you’re already keen on joining, great! All you need to do is complete the application below:
As a member of Think Local First, you get:
Brochures and window decals
A listing for your business on our new mobile app
A spot on our website along with a business listing
Regular cross-promotion on social media (Facebook and Twitter)
Access to standing banners, digital logos and other Think Local First media items
To be part of the various events and promotions throughout the year (Annual General Meeting, member mixers, media coverage, Think Local Week, etc.)
To be part of a movement!
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