About Us

WatertownFirst is a not-for-profit network of locally-owned independent businesses and individuals dedicated to building a sustainable local economy by encouraging citizens to “Buy Local and Live Local.” As an organization of community-minded individuals and independent businesses, our mission is to create a thriving local economy by working together to maximize the potential of local businesses.

Goals of WatertownFirst

  1. Shift Consumer Spending

    From big box chain stores to local independent stores.

  2. Educate Members & Consumers

    About the benefits of buying local and living local.

  3. Provide Benefits to Members

    Through programs, services, partnerships, and outreach events.

Mission

WatertownFirst shifts community culture in the greater Watertown area to support the core of independent businesses by encouraging people to buy local and live local.

Vision

WatertownFirst will stimulate all segments of the community, including business, education and public service, to buy local. It will initiate change, promoting awareness about economic prosperity and social equity.

Values

Collaboration: Build on existing resources and strengthen ties between business owners and the community.

Education: Teach community members the social and economic benefits of a “buy local” movement through workshops, open forums and networking opportunities.

Sustainability: Foster the highest standards of integrity by promoting ideals of a sustainable economy.

The Problem

Our communities are increasingly losing their abilities to determine their character and future, largely due to increased control by outside corporate influence resulting from a lack of proactive planning and minimal public awareness.

Organizational Activity

WatertownFirst will shift community culture in the greater Watertown area to support the core of independent businesses by encouraging community members to buy local and live local, as well as offering a network of support to its independent business owners in the community. It will host networking events and open forums for local independent business owners and community members and provide its member businesses with a unified brand.