Local Resources

As an advocacy and networking organization, Triad Local First collaborates with and champions a number of initiatives and organizations that share our goal of building a thriving, distinctive community.

Local Organizations/Offices

The Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship


The Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. is a private non-profit corporation. Our mission is to attract, advise and house start-up and early stage growth entrepreneurs.




The Greensboro Partnership Entrepreneur Connection and Action Greensboro will partner on a new co-working, entrepreneurial and higher education experiential learning space that will serve as the first North State gigabit fiber Internet business customer in downtown Greensboro. The service, which boasts gigabit speeds, provides what communities across the country have been longing for. The co-work space, named CoLab, is located at 229 North Greene Street in Downtown Greensboro.

Action Greensboro


Action Greensboro is a leading voice in urban livability, civic engagement, K-12 educational advancement and initiatives to attract and retain young professionals in Greensboro. Established in 2001, the non-profit organization has championed a variety of initiatives aimed at enhancing the city's quality of life.



synerG, under the umbrella of Action Greensboro is an active organization of young adults who lead initiatives with the mission to attract, engage and connect young professionals to Greensboro, North Carolina. Through our projects, synerG promotes social and professional networking, leadership opportunities and serves as a clearinghouse for information for young adults in the 21-39 year-old demographic. synerG values the creation of opportunities and atmospheres that promote connectedness, diversity/inclusiveness and accessibility.

City of Greensboro Office of Economic Development


Among other things, the Economic Development office works with the Greensboro Economic Development Alliance (GEDA) to promote Greensboro as a place to locate and grow your business. The services of Economic Development also assist to coordinate available properties for redevelopment or development and determine if any City incentives are available.

Helpful videos from the city:

www.youtube.com/watch - how Triad Local First can help your independent business
www.youtube.com/watch - how to obtain a City of Greensboro Business privilege license
www.youtube.com/watch - what is HUB certified?
www.youtube.com/watch - pitching your ideas

Greensboro Chamber of Commerce


chamber of commerceOur members can take advantage of our long-standing relationships with a host of different community organizations, many that exist to help local companies be successful. Members can also connect to the latest economic development news from Greensboro Economic Development Alliance, connect to our entrepreneurship initiative, learn about our legislative agenda through the Greensboro Partnership,and see how you can gain greater marketing exposure.

The Chamber is a resource for our members and the community. We want to connect you to the resources you need to be successful and keep you abreast of the latest news that could impact your business.

Piedmont Grown


Piedmont Grown is a certification program that wants to make sure that farm products grown, raised, and made in the Piedmont Region are clearly identified and promoted everywhere you buy food and farm fresh products. Our Mission is to promote local food systems through the certification of food and farm products grown or raised in 37 counties in the North Carolina Piedmont Region. We want to link consumers to local farm fresh foods, build local markets for farmers and food entrepreneurs, and grow healthy and prosperous communities.

Greensboro Cash Mob



Get social, shop local! The general idea of cash mobs is to encourage people to go into small, local businesses and spend their money, en masse, to give the business owner a little bit of economic stimulus. We help businesses grow, we make people happy, we get stuff for ourselves, have a great time, and maybe we celebrate afterward with food and drink.

Shift Here


Shift Here was founded in December 2012, with a purpose of creating the camaraderie and support system for entrepreneurs in Greensboro.  No matter if you’re in the infancy stage, or your company has been up and running for years, we want to provide a platform to support and encourage one another.

Their mission is to contribute to the Greensboro community, by delivering successful startups, new jobs, collaborative events and access to resources.

We encourage you to check out their monthly Shift Show & Tell, which takes place the first Wednesday of every month beginning at 6PM at the Nussbaum Center to talk with other local entrepreneurs about issues you’re facing with your startup, or just make connections with other entrepreneurial minded people.  If you’re up for more informal networking and drinks, you can visit Shift After Hours, which takes place the third Monday of every month.


High Point Resources:

Create Your City
A social entrepreneurship venture that aims to lead by example through events, conversation and action for the purpose of furthering revitalization efforts within a city. Create Your City's mission is to encourage others to Think Big and Start Small, since it is so easy for your dreams to crush your spirit. 

Support Local High Point
High Point has some pretty amazing local small businesses scattered among main streets and tucked along side streets and back streets. The goal of Support Local High Point is to feature and promote the local SMALL businesses in the area with the idea that "local" means locally owned and not found in the location of High Point. 

Helping Hands
Helping Hands of High Point is a non-profit minstry that strives to serve individuals in crisis by meeting their most immediate needs, support, encourage, and pray for them during these difficult times, and strengthen families within the community by providing resources and training that will empower them toward self sufficiency. 

The City Project
The Core City Plan, a major initiative of the High Point City Council, was undertaken to develop a vision for the city's future growth and to guide development, redevelopment and revitalization of High Point's core area. 

Southwest Renewel Project
The goal of Southwest Renewel Project is to change an area located in the core city of High Point into a renewed place of natural beauty which will attract and be ready to accommodate new business and industry, encourage new uses for industrial buildings, create a better quality of life for residents and business, clean up and revitalize streams and old railroad beds to make new greenways for walking and biking, and foster childhood interest in ecology and the sciences by partnering with schools to create environmentally-oriented education. 

High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau
The mission of High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau is to promote and encourage economic development in High Point through travel and tourism. 

512 Art Collective
This Facebook page directs you to a group of Artists of all kinds, looking to benefit the High Point area with events, exhibits, and classes. 

High Point Arts Council
High Point Arts Council's mission is to work to enhance the lives of all citizens of the community ensuring the availability of a broad range of cultural and artistic activities and encouraging full community participation in them. 

West End Ministries 
West End Ministries is a growing force that provides a safe and supportive environment for those who live, learn, work and worship in the West End of High Point.

High Point Market Authority
High Point Market Authority is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point every six months. 


Winston-Salem Resources:

Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce


The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce represents nearly 1,600 area businesses of all sizes, providing business development assistance, events that bring business people together, research to help members make better business decisions, information on new and innovative technology being developed locally, advocacy to support local businesses, and educational programs to help our kids meet the challenge of the 21st century workplace.


City of Winston-Salem Community and Business Development Department


Our focus is revitalizing and stabilizing disadvantaged and deteriorating neighborhoods, facilitating economic development opportunities, developing housing and neighborhood revitalization plans and programs that accurately reflect and address local needs and conditions.


Local Winston Salem


Nationwide/Statewide Organizations:


NC 10% Campaign


The goal of the 10% Campaign is straightforward: Encourage consumers to commit 10 percent of their existing food dollars to support local food producers, related businesses and communities. The 10% Campaign promotes North Carolina's farmers, foods, communities and businesses; educates consumers, decision-makers and the media; and collaborates with the many influential organizations/initiatives already in the field and those just beginning to bloom.




Triad Local First is a member of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), North America's fastest growing network of socially responsible businesses, comprised of over 80 community networks with over 21,000 independent business members across the U.S. and Canada. BALLE brings together independent business leaders, economic development professionals, government officials, social innovators, and community leaders to build local living economies. We provide local, state, national, and international resources to this new model of economic development.


The 3/50 Project


The 3/50 Project supports independent, locally owned businesses by inspiring consumer loyalty to the storefronts that directly fund their communities.

Think of three businesses you'd miss if they went away. Stop in. Say hello. Pick up a little something that makes you smile. That's what keeps them around, after all.

Pick 3. Spend $50. Save your local economy.