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Becoming a Member of Dane Buy Local

Dane Buy Local members demonstrate the breadth of locally owned businesses and nonprofits in the area. Whether you are dining, shopping, relaxing, volunteering, or working, we encourage you to Think Local First!


 Benefits for Business or Nonprofit Members

  • Online Profile on our website 
  • Listing and/or ad in our DBL Membership Guide (25,000 in circulation)
  • Access to six annual networking Breakfast Meetings (draw 100+ attendees)
  • Access to six networking Evening Social events (draw 100+ attendees)
  • Save money by taking advantage of discounts from members in our Partnership Program
  • Advertising discounts with our Media Partners (10-17% discount off normal rate card)
  • Window cling and other printed materials
  • Promotion of your organization in our various social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+)
  • Promotion of your events on our calendar and in the DBL Buzz eNewsletter (reach 1,500+ contacts)
  • Access to Member-to-Member Discounts
  • Subscription to the DBL Buzz & Lifestyle eNewsletters
  • Opportunity to distribute your literature at our Breakfast events
  • Access to FREE and valuable business resources (phone helpline, classes, documents, contacts for alternative financing)
  • Opportunity to advertise in our eNewsletters and on the website

BUSINESS ONLINE APPLICATION FORM 

NON-PROFIT ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

 

Dane Buy Local Membership Rates


Criteria to Join for Business or Nonprofit

  • Business or nonprofit is located in Dane County, WI (includes counties contiguous to Dane County: Columbia, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock, Sauk).
  • Corporate headquarters of your business or organization located within Dane County or contiguous counties.
  • Shareholders:
    • Businesses owned by individuals, must be more than 50% owned by individuals residing in Dane County or contiguous counties
    • Businesses and nonprofits, not owned by individuals, must be headquartered in Dane County or contiguous and have more than 50% of key managers living in Dane County or contiguous counties
  • Business or organization is registered in Wisconsin.
  • Business or nonprofit independently controls purchasing decisions allowing you to buy goods, products or services from vendors of your choosing.
  • Business or nonprofit makes independent decisions regarding the name and look of the business, including marketing, advertising, logo design and branding decisions.
  • Business or nonprofit makes independent decisions regarding business procedures, practices and policies.
  • If your business or nonprofit has multiple locations, all locations, staff, and employees are included in one membership

Criteria to Join for Affiliate Nonprofit (corporate headquarters not based in Dane or contiguous counties)

  • Organization is an affiliate of a state-wide, regional, national or international 501(c) non-profit organization 
  • Organization has a physical presence in Dane County or contiguous counties
  • Organization focuses their efforts in Dane County or contiguous counties for the betterment of the community and have a humanitarian purpose
  • Organization directs at least 60% of its funds raised locally to better the people, property or attributes of Dane County or contiguous counties
  • If your nonprofit has multiple locations, all locations, staff, and employees are included in one membership.

Benefits for Citizen/Supporters

 

If you could not answer “Yes” to all of the criteria questions above, we encourage you to join as an individual Citizen/Supporter for $60/year and welcome your support for the Dane Buy Local mission. This membership represents you as an individual rather than your business.

  • Access to eighteen annual networking meetings
  • List an individual name in the Dane Buy Local Guide
  • Subscription to the DBL Buzz and Local Lifestyle eNewsletters

CITIZEN/SUPPORTER ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

 

Questions? Contact Bethy Geisthardt at (608) 729-7342 or bethy@danebuylocal.com.