Sustain-a-Bull is Durham's Independent Business Alliance and a 501(c)3 nonprofit. We are 100% funded by grants and donations. Our goal is to help cultivate a Durham economy anchored in local ownership because local-independent businesses sustain our local economy, environment, and culture.

Local First

Our Work

We know that for every $100 spent at a chain store, an average of $13 is reinvested in the community. For every $100 spent at a local store, an average of $45 is reinvested in the community.

That money maintains our schools, paves our roads, employs our friends and neighbors and makes Durham a wonderfully diverse and interesting place to live.

What We Do

  • Deliver resources, local economic development, programming, networking, mentorship, support and more to local businesses of all shapes and sizes.
  • Awareness and education efforts aimed at the general public on why it’s important to choose local and influence them to do so.
  • Work with our elected officials, decision-makers and opinion leaders to foster a better environment for creating and sustaining local businesses.


How You Can Get Involved


Join Durham's Independent Business Alliance for Free

We’re building a movement. Are you ready to join us?

We are here to connect, engage and support you. Tap into our resources, and our community of like-minded entrepreneurs and get the support you need.


We advocate for local businesses so you can mind the store while we work to ensure your interests are represented

Business Listing

Inclusion in Durham's online Local Business Directory

Networking & Mixers

Exclusive networking opportunities with fellow independents and we actively provide referrals to our member businesses


Invitation to participate in seasonal markets to sell your products and/or promote your business


Attend our educational workshops that are designed to help you run a better business

Shop Local Campaigns

Inclusion in Shop Local Campaigns including Buy Local Month and Eat Local Month

and a lot more…

Keep Durham Local

Local First

Champion Members