Purchasing local products and services builds a sustainable Local Living Economy. A Local Living Economy ensures that economic power resides locally, sustaining healthy community life and natural life as well as long-term economic viability.

When you support your Locally Owned & Independent Businesses you help...

1. Keep dollars in our economy

2. Embrace what makes us unique

3. Create local jobs

4. Help the environment

5. Nurture community

6. Conserve you tax dollars

7. Create more choice

8. Take advantage of our expertise

9. Invest in entrepreneurship

10. Make us a destination

What we mean by "local" and "independent"

Locally owned:

  • The business is privately held (not publicly traded).
  • The business is located within our 24 Seacoast Local towns.
  • The owner of majority of owners are local residents who live within a 25 mile radius of Portsmouth more than half the year.
  • The business is registered in New Hampshire or Maine with no corporate headquarters elsewhere.


  • Your organization makes independent decisions regarding the name and look of the business, as well as all business purchasing, practices and distribution decisions.
  • Your business pays all of its own marketing, rent, and other business expenses without assistance from or payment to a corporate headquarters.
  • If your business has multiple outlets, the majority are located within Maine and New Hampshire.

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