Become a Member of Dane Buy Local

Dane Buy Local members demonstrate the breadth of locally owned businesses and nonprofits in the area. Whether you are dining, shopping, relaxing, volunteering, or working, we encourage you to Think Local First!

 Benefits for Business or Nonprofit Members

  • Support the growing Buy Local Movement. Be part of making Dane County an even better place to live and work 
  • Online Profile on our website including photos, videos and website links
  • Listing and/or ad in our DBL Membership Guide (25,000 in circulation) *
  • Access to six annual networking Breakfast Meetings for each of your staff to attend *
  • Access to twelve networking Evening Social events for each of your staff to attend
  • Be included in promotional campaigns included Spring Celebration, Independence Week, Shift Your Shopping and Small Business Saturday
  • Save money by taking advantage of discounts from members in our Partnership Program
  • Advertising discounts with our Media Partners (10-17% discount off normal rate card)
  • Identify your business by using the DBL logo in advertising and at the front entrance to your business
  • Use the window cling and other printed materials
  • Promotion of your organization with Facebook
  • Promotion of your events on our calendar and in the DBL Buzz eNewsletter
  • Opportunity to promote your business on the DBL website and newsletters with advertising opportunities and sponsorships
  • Access to Member-to-Member Discounts
  • Subscription to the DBL Buzz, Lifestyle and Job Listings eNewsletter
  • Opportunity to distribute your literature at our Breakfast events
  • Attend Educational Lunch-n-Learns on various topics during the year
  • Access to valuable business resources
  • Support other locally owned businesses in the area to grow the local economy 
  • Support DBL efforts as an advocate in the area for locally owned businesses 




Dane Buy Local Membership Rates

Criteria to Join for Business or Nonprofit

  • Business or nonprofit is located in Dane County, WI (includes counties contiguous to Dane County: Columbia, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock, Sauk).
  • Corporate headquarters of your business or organization located within Dane County or contiguous counties.
  • Shareholders:
    • Businesses owned by individuals, must be more than 50% owned by individuals residing in Dane County or contiguous counties
    • Businesses and nonprofits, not owned by individuals, must be headquartered in Dane County or contiguous and have more than 50% of key managers living in Dane County or contiguous counties
  • Business or organization is registered in Wisconsin.
  • Business or nonprofit independently controls purchasing decisions allowing you to buy goods, products or services from vendors of your choosing.
  • Business or nonprofit makes independent decisions regarding the name and look of the business, including marketing, advertising, logo design and branding decisions.
  • Business or nonprofit makes independent decisions regarding business procedures, practices and policies.
  • If your business or nonprofit has multiple locations, all locations, staff, and employees are included in one membership

Criteria to Join for Affiliate Nonprofit (corporate headquarters not based in Dane or contiguous counties)

  • Organization is an affiliate of a state-wide, regional, national or international 501(c) non-profit organization 
  • Organization has a physical presence in Dane County or contiguous counties
  • Organization focuses their efforts in Dane County or contiguous counties for the betterment of the community and have a humanitarian purpose
  • Organization directs at least 60% of its funds raised locally to better the people, property or attributes of Dane County or contiguous counties
  • If your nonprofit has multiple locations, all locations, staff, and employees are included in one membership.

Benefits for Citizen/Supporters


If you could not answer “Yes” to all of the criteria questions above, we encourage you to join as an individual Citizen/Supporter for $60/year and welcome your support for the Dane Buy Local mission. This membership represents you as an individual rather than your business.

  • Access to eighteen annual networking meetings
  • List an individual name in the Dane Buy Local Guide
  • Subscription to the DBL Buzz and Local Lifestyle eNewsletters



Questions? Contact Bethy Geisthardt at (608) 729-7342 or