SyracuseFirst is a not for profit network of locally owned, independent businesses and organizations dedicated to building a sustainable community by encouraging citizens to "Think Local First". Founded in 2009, our mission is to create a thriving local economy by maximizing the potential of local businesses, and transferring market share from non-locally owned businesses to local independently owned businesses. We do this by educating citizens about the economic and social advantages that independent and local businesses bring to a community.

These one-of-a-kind businesses are an essential part of the distinctive character of Central New York. By thinking local, we can make choices that have dramatic impact on our local community, economy, and environment. Together, we can create a community that supports a thriving local economy and a healthy way of life.


Rebuilding the Economy, Rebuilding the Community

HomeGrown Tour

The Home Grown Tour is a 20-minute interactive presentation. If your school, organization or association would like to host a Home Grown Tour to understand the benefits of supporting local businesses, please contact

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