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Buy Local

Look Local First

Support local business. Support your community. Each year, businesses and governments in Greater Des Moines (DSM) spend more than $13.4 billion with out-of-area suppliers. Shifting just 5 percent of that spending to support local vendors and businesses could generate an economic impact of more than $1 billion for the region. That’s why the Greater Des Moines Partnership created Look Local First — an initiative to promote local expertise, products and services. 

Whether you're a business owner looking for high-quality, reliable services to support your company or you're a customer looking for local businesses that offer the services you need, everyone can Look Local First!

Invest In Your Community

When businesses and residents Look Local First, they help create jobs, improve roadways, bolster schools, develop parks, grow businesses and make DSM even greater. Local small business owners often:

  • Donate to community causes more than corporate retailers do
  • Provide better, more personal customer service
  • Contribute to the authentic, unique and vibrant identity of DSM
  • Support each other with a shared responsibility and ownership of the community

Investing in your community means investing in your future.

Greater Des Moines (DSM) is famous for many things, including world-class expertise in manufacturing, legal services, advertising, retail and more, and it's all right here in your own backyard. View a list of local vendors in Greater Des Moines (DSM) and Look Local First!

Grow Your Economy

Shifting just five percent of spending could add more than $672 million a year to the local economy and cause a potential ripple effect with an economic impact of more than $1 billion.