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Did you know that locally owned businesses circulate 3 times more money back into the local economy than chain stores?

Local independent businesses are the backbone of Asheville’s economy.

They are better positioned to respond to the needs of our community, our cultural organizations, and nonprofits, and are inherently tied to Asheville’s future.

Photo by Jennifer Mesk Photography
Photo by Jennifer Mesk Photography

Local Businesses…


Grow Asheville’s unique character and inspire entrepreneurship



Encourage decision-making and civic engagement at the local level


Increase environmental resilience and responsibility


Focus on collaboration and healthy competition


Keep our dollars in Asheville’s local economy resulting in more jobs and increased wages


Strengthen the local supply chain by replacing imported goods and services

Vote with your dollars, make the shift, choose Local First!