Get Involved

For Consumers:

Its easy.  The next time you need to make a purchase, whether its groceries or your next auto repair, choose a local, independent business to serve your needs.  Dollars spent at local and independently-owned businesses create a “multiplier effect” in the local economy, meaning that each dollar you spend re-circulates within our community to support small-scale livelihoods and what is unique about North Central Florida. Some participating businesses also offer discounts to Discount Card holders (a freely distributed discount card).  To take advantage of these discounts, simply download the card to your smartphone or pick one up at:

• Alachua County: Libraries (all branches)

• Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development (CIED) 530 W. University Gainesville 32601

• Bradford County: Cooperative Extension Office, 2266 North Temple Avenue, Starke, FL

• Levy County: Cooperative Extension Office, 625 North Hathaway Ave, Alt. 27, Bronson, FL

• Marion County: Cooperative Extension Office, 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala, FL

• Suwannee County: Libraries (all branches)

• More to come!

For Businesses:

Buy Local North Central Florida gives you access to the logo and other branded materials to use in your branding and marketing. It also includes a web presence and access to the Facebook page, a discount card program (if you choose to participate), media coverage, community education, and participation in key area events. Your membership is for the lifetime of your business unless you choose to terminate it or your business is no longer “local and independent” (e.g. you become a franchise, or you move out of our region and still own the majority of the business). Cost of enrollment is a one-time fee of $100 (includes 2 locations, any additional locations are $50 each).

With your membership to Buy Local North Central Florida, you received window clings and bumper stickers of the above logo; your business listing on the website (including a link to your website); a shout-out on our Facebook page; a small stand to distribute discount or customer information cards; a poster; and access to an electronic version of the logo for your use online, in your advertising and print media, on menus and invoices, etc.

Businesses who have seen the most success and recognition with this program have used the logo in their advertisements, on their websites, on their Facebooks, on their invoices, on all of their fleet and personal vehicles, and even on product packaging.

Please fill out and mail the 2013 agreement with payment to: Blue Oven Kitchens, Santa Fe College CIED, 530 West University Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 32601 (checks made out to Blue Oven Kitchens). Once both your agreement and payment are received your enrollment package will be sent to you. If you have any questions, please contact Val Leitner at or 352-278-7518. Visit our website at for a list of the diverse, local and independent businesses already participating.

Introduction Letter: Intro.Letter.2013

2013 Agreement: Buy Local Agreement 2013