Sustain-a-Bull is Durham's Independent Business Alliance and a 501(c)3 nonprofit that cultivates 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 $14 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.

Our work includes local economic development, training and support for local business owners, awareness and education efforts aimed at the general public and advocacy for policies that recognize the importance of a strong, diverse local economy. 


How You Can Get Involved


Join Durham's Independent Business Alliance

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

Sustain-a-bull is the only local organization that solely advocates for local-independent businesses. Choose to support Durham with your dollars, your voice, your vote, and your heart.

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 and Sustain-a-Bull app

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


Receive free admission to 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…

Our app is coming soon!
Download our free app to find local, independent Durham businesses

Local First

Champion Members