2013 Affiliate Members

Ross Business Management

Ross Business Management offers a comprehensive start-up package which helps small businesses owners get set up with a bookkeeping system. After an initial consultation, a specialist will enroll the business in the best cloud software, configure the software to meet the business’s specific needs, and then train the business owner to manage his or her bookkeeping with confidence. One-on-one training covers basic business bookkeeping, how to navigate accounting software, what is required to stay compliant with the government, and how to make accurate tax payments.

Ace Hardware

As a benefit to Think Local First commercial members we are pleased to offer a discounted account program to all businesses in the District (retail businesses, offices, restaurants, etc). Businesses that wish to sign up for an account just need to contact Gina Schaefer at She will send an account application to you and set up the account as soon as the paperwork is received.
Members will be able to access and utilize the account at all of the Ace stores in Gina’s chain (to see the locations visit
1% off all purchases go to Think Local First DC!

Relay Foods is DC’s favorite local online grocery store and farmers market. You’ll find everything from grass-fed beef, organic eggs and dairy to delicious craft-batch foods and local specialities like Sticky Fingers Bakery, Souper Girl, and Capital Kombucha. We also carry all the conventional grocery items you need, like paper towels and peanut butter so you can skip a trip to the grocery store. Relay delivers right to your home or apartment, or offers convenient pick up spots.

Relay Food was recently certification as a B-Corp, recognizing their dedication to social and environmental consciousness

Think Local First Members receive $15 off their first order (minimum $50) by clicking here or entering promocode GOLOCALDC at checkout

Zip Car for Business

Zipcar for Business offers companies and their employees a smarter, more cost-effective way to get around during the work week. Business membership is custom-made for companies, with special low rates on weekday driving. Reserve cars 24/7 by the hour or day. Zipcar for Business gives you the freedom to grab a car when you need one, and the flexibility to go car-less when you don’t. Zipcar will waive the $75 set up fee for all new Zipcar for Business accounts for Live Green Spots. You can sign up here. Please contact Michael McFarland at or 202.552.5937 with any questions.


The District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU) helps District residents, businesses, and institutions save energy and money through energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Led by the Sustainable Energy Partnership and under contract to the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), the DC SEU is committed to environmental preservation, community engagement, and economic development.

Check out their Business Energy Rebates program


seriously effective small business public relations solutions

JUMP START! is award-winning PR through an artfully designed 12 week accelerator campaign specifically for small business. It bridges the gap making PR representation and guidance accessible and affordable (seriously!). Join the dozens of DC entrepreneurs already taking it to the next level through outrageously effective small biz PR!
Build your foundation, refine your message – and get it in front of the people who matter while getting specific long-term planning & support so you can further engage your audience successfully, WITH professional guidance – and without spending all your time and all your money

Mention THINK LOCAL FIRST when you sign up for the next session and thats JUST what you’ll get for the full 12-week representation program, 3 additional months of coaching, all the program tools and your 12 month custom PR roadmap.

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