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Celebrating the importance of local businesses

Certified Locally Owned is a business designation offered by ShopLocal.us exclusively for independently-owned, local small businesses and professionals. We serve retail, online, service-based and business professionals. (Sorry, no national chains, big-box stores or multi-state franchises.)

Get the attention your business deserves!

As a local small business owner, you may not have the marketing dollars to compete with the "big guys" in your local area or on the web. So when you become a Certified Locally Owned™ member, you benefit from our 15 years of local and online marketing, and public relations expertise at a fraction of what it would cost you to launch a campaign on your own.

There is Power in Numbers

More exposure + more customers = more business. It's a simple equation.

Becoming Certified Locally Owned™ can bring you the attention of new local customers and bring back customers that perhaps you haven't seen in a while. Certifed Locally Owned membership can also attract the local media looking for a local success story.

"...being a member of Shop Local has helped to solidify us into the community, and continues to keep us interactive and connected to other business owners; it helps us keep our name out there." -- Khryste Langlais, Owner BabyCakes Baking Company

Benefits of Membership

When you become a member, you receive exclusive services and business building tools like:

  • Certification The people in your community care. Eligible businesses are recognized for their impact on keeping communities healthy, wealthy and vibrant and receive advertising opportunities to our followers and locally-minded consumers.
  • Online visibility Certified businesses are featured at the ShopLocal website and mobile app - shining the light on small local businesses. The ShopLocal app helps consumers find Certified Locally Owned businesses in their area.
  • Publicity Members are promoted through press releases, email promotion campaigns, and social media.
  • Community ShopLocal business celebrations, ribbon cuttings and events attract the community and more business to members.
  • Business-Building Resources Online tools, resources, videos offer highly-valuable strategies to increase business visibility and profitability. For members only.

"We believe in supporting local businesses. Getting our business certified through ShopLocal.us helps us stand out in our community and reinforces the importance of buying local." -- Tammy & Mark Lipps, The Ripe Choice Catering



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Certified Locally Owned is a business designation offered by ShopLocal.us exclusively for independently-owned, local small businesses and professionals. Applies to retail, online, service-based and business professionals. (Sorry, no national chains, big-box stores or multi-state franchises.)

Apply Today!

We Care About Your Small Business

We believe that a thriving local economy is essential to building healthy, wealthy and vibrant communities. And for that reason, we provide all of our members with hands-on, business building, customer attracting, public relations enhancing services that help them create a PROFITABLE local business.

"It's important for people to know that we have roots in the community, that we're locals and know our customers by name. We support Certified Locally Owned."-- Jonathan Smith, Golf Dimensions North Myrtle Beach, SC

The Power of Certification

Eligible businesses that qualify for certification will receive the following benefits.

  • Raise consumer confidence in your business
  • Gain visibility in the community as a truly local business
  • Increase profits by attracting more business
  • Differentiate your business from your competitors
  • Earn respect for the impact your business has on keeping communities healthy, wealthy & vibrant

"Our ribbon cutting was a special event to celebrate our certification with friends and clients." -- Kate Lester, Owner Kate Lester Interiors

Let's get started!

Certified Locally Owned is a business designation offered by ShopLocal.us exclusively for independently-owned, local small businesses and professionals. Applies to retail, online, service-based and business professionals. (Sorry, no national chains, big-box stores or multi-state franchises.)

Apply Today!