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Welcoming Powerhouse, Stacy Mitchell to Local First Celebration

Welcoming Nationally-Renowned Powerhouse, Stacy Mitchell to Local First Celebration

Local First is pleased to welcome Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), for a keynote address at this year’s Annual Local Celebration.

Stacy Mitchell is an advocate for local and independent businesses and nationally known for her bold and unapologetic stance against corporate monopolies, including Amazon, for which she was profiled in The New York Times

Mitchell’s fight against big business monopolies has caused ripples across the country. She has been spotlighted in the Times, Atlantic, Bloomberg, Washington Monthly, and Wall Street Journal, along with appearances on several national radio shows and podcasts, including NPR’s On The Media. She is also the celebrated author of Big-Box Swindle.

"As challenging as this past year has been, it's also marked a turning point. There's a serious movement afoot in Congress to address the outsized power of corporate giants like Amazon and Walmart, and adopt policies that would level the playing field for Main Street businesses. I'm excited to be able to talk about these developments with Local First members and eager to work together on the opportunities ahead," says Mitchell.

“It is undeniable that independent businesses are the backbone of this country, and that when we all band together, we are an unstoppable force,” says Emily Bell, Managing Director of Local First. “Stacy Mitchell and ILSR provide the data to help strengthen our movement's momentum, so the stories, struggles, and triumphs of our La Plata businesses become part of the national conversation.”

Mitchell will be joining the conversation with Local First and attendees on Thursday, April 1st during their Annual Local Celebration; Keeping Independent Businesses First. This virtual, COVID-safe event will run from 11:00AM - 12:00PM on Zoom and include a delicious, local lunch voucher, raffle opportunities, and award ceremony to recognize our champion local businesses.

For questions and registration of the event, visit


or call (970)799-6618 ext. 1.


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