Dane Buy Local staff continues to support our members during the Coronavirus Pandemic, however, we are doing so from our homes. If you need to reach us, contact Colin at colin@danebuylocal.com or 608-712-3440

Thank you for understanding our desire to keep everyone healthy.

Upcoming Events


Monday Morning Business Webinar


Improving the Local Labor Market: Hiring New Employees

presented by: Forward Service Corporation


Jun 21 @ 10"00am


As a Job Developer with a Statewide non-profit employment & training organization, Paul Kamps focuses on improving the local labor market here in Dane County. Find out how he

  1. helps DBL members and other businesses pre-screen, hire & retain employees

  2. works with jobseekers to find a good fit, and

  3. assists non-profits fill their volunteer needs—all at no cost to employers, employees, or nonprofits! 


Join Zoom Meeting



Meeting ID: 841 0445 3477


Phone: 312 626 6799 

Meeting ID: 841 0445 3477

Coming up in the next few weeks:

June 28 Meghan Blake-Horst from Economic Development Division, topic TBD

July 5 No meeting so that we may honor Independence Day

Eat Local, Give Local


Each year Dane Buy Local holds the fundraiser Eat Local, Give Local. The year, the event will be held Thursday, August 19, 2021, and is sponsored by Monona Bank.


Here is how the event runs: When diners come to your restaurant you agree to provide 10% of the total sales for the day back to Dane Buy Local. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, in-house dining, curbside pickup, or delivery.


Dane Buy Local will place over $10,000 in media advertising leading up to the event to generate lots of interest in the event and bring people to your restaurant. Each participating restaurant will receive 25 menu cards, 25 table tents, and 2 posters to place in your business.

The 600 Dane Buy Local businesses keep our neighborhoods VITAL & our economy STRONG. People in Dane County are looking for ways to support local. This is a great opportunity for them to do so. Dane Buy Local loves driving business to area restaurants, but we also need resources to continue our efforts. This event helps us continue our work in the community. 

LOCAL BUSINESSES are able to recirculate money in the community over 3.5 times MORE than non-local companies. 

This builds a STRONG LOCAL ECONOMY. We appreciate your support.


Dane County Small Business

Grant Program Updates

Apply here:​  https://fs20.formsite.com/1vKMWv/onekpc9ucl/index.html

Dane Buy Local will administer Round 3 of the grants. Business owners will be able to fill out an application form beginning now from this website (www.danebuylocal.com). Applications will be accepted until funds run out.


Criteria used:

  • Priority will be considered for businesses who have experienced a loss of 30% or more in revenue in 2020 vs 2019.

  • Priority will be considered for businesses in the following industries: Restaurant, Retail, Independent Contractor, Gym or Fitness Center, Lodging, and the Service Industry.

  • Funding is available for other industries as available.

  • Grants will be issued between $1000 and $50,000.

  • Only one grant in this Round will be issued per FEIN, ITIN, or SSN

  • A website or social media account will be used to verify your business

  • Nonprofits do not qualify for this program

The application must be completely and correctly filled out. Please proofread for typos, especially in emails, phone numbers and the name of the business.

* Grants are intended to assist with the next 3 months of business expenses. Business must have been open prior to March 15, 2020.

* Assistance is available in completing the application by contacting Colin at colin@danebuylocal.com

Language interpretation is now available in more than 50 languages. Contact Intepreters' Cooperative of Madison at 608-657-5907 or visit https://www.interpreters.coop

There is no cost for this service. 

Apply here:​  https://fs20.formsite.com/1vKMWv/onekpc9ucl/index.html

Criterios utilizados:

  • Las empresas deben tener su sede en el condado de Dane.

  • El negocio debe haber estado abierto antes del 15 de marzo de 2020.

  • Se considerará la prioridad para las empresas que hayan experimentado una pérdida del 30% o más en los ingresos en 2020 frente a 2019.

  • Se considerará la prioridad para las empresas de las siguientes industrias: Restaurante, Minorista, Contratista independiente, gimnasio o centro de fitness, alojamiento e industria de servicios.

  • La financiación está disponible para otras industrias según esté disponible

  • Las subvenciones se otorgarán entre $1000 y $50,000

  • Solo se emitirá una subvención en esta Ronda por FEIN, ITIN o SSN

  • Se utilizará un sitio web o una cuenta de redes sociales para verificar su empresa

  • Las organizaciones sin fines de lucro no califican para este programa

La solicitud debe estar completa y correctamente completada. Revise los errores tipográficos, especialmente en los correos electrónicos, números de teléfono y el nombre de la empresa.

* Las subvenciones están destinadas a ayudar con los próximos 3 meses de gastos comerciales.

* Hay ayuda disponible para completar la solicitud poniéndose en contacto con Colin en colin@danebuylocal.com

Language interpretation is now available in more than 50 languages. Contact Intepreters' Cooperative of Madison at 608-657-5907 or visit https://www.interpreters.coop

There is no cost for this service. 

Apply here:  https://fs20.formsite.com/1vKMWv/onekpc9ucl/index.html