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Join Durham's Independent Business Alliance

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

Thank you for celebrating and supporting what we love most about Durham: the local, independent businesses who reflect the unique character, flavor, and culture of the place we call home. 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.

Business

Criteria

The following criteria are necessary for businesses joining Sustain-a-Bull and constitute Sustain-a-bull’s definition of a local independent business:

1) The business is privately held and not publicly traded

2) The business is based locally and has no corporate or national headquarters outside the state

3) The business owners who have a controlling interest of more than 50% live in Durham or surrounding county

4) The business can make independent decisions regarding the name and look of the business, business purchasing, practices and distribution, as well as pays all their own marketing, rent, and other business expenses

Membership

Certified Local

$200 annually
(50% discount for nonprofits)

Support

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

Networking & Mixers

Free admission to monthly networking events and mixers so you can connect with fellow entrepreneurs

Business Listing

Inclusion in Durham's online Local Business Directory and Sustain-a-Bull app

Certified Local Branding

Use of the Sustain-a-bull branding and online marketing tools to align your business with the Buy Local movement

Workshops

Receive free admission to our educational workshops that are designed to help you run a better business

Markets

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

Shop Local Campaigns

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

Private Facebook Member Group

Private Member Group on Facebook where you can share events, member-to-member promotions and more

Sneak Peeks of New Businesses

In addition to mixers, you'll get exclusive invites to preview new businesses before they open

Exclusive Member Resource Page

Get access to business guidance like branding, marketing, website development and our member contact directory

BONUS: Online Instagram Workshop

Instant access to Best of the Bull's Ultimate Instagram Workshop for Small Businesses

Membership

Enthusiast

$300 annually
All Business Level benefits plus:

Business Directory Sponsor

Logo included on Business Directory profile page

Priority listing

Priority listing in all online Business Directory categories

Guaranteed Spot at Markets

Our markets are on a first applied basis, but your Enthusiast membership guarantees you first access to each seasonal market

Homepage Placement

Priority placement of your logo and link on the Sustain-a-bull home page

Membership

Champion

$800 annually
All Business & Level benefits plus:

Host or Sponsor a Mixer

Opportunity to co-host one Sustain-a-bull Member Mixer

Business Feature

Featured on Sustain-a-bull blog and e-newsletter

Guaranteed Spot at Markets

Our markets are on a first applied basis, but your Enthusiast membership guarantees you first access to each seasonal market

Priority listing

Priority listing in all online Business Directory categories

Homepage Placement

Priority placement of your logo and link on the Sustain-a-bull home page

Annual Meeting Recognition

Recognition at Annual Meeting

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Leverage Your Membership:

  • Meet and build relationships with other members and staff at Sustain-a-bull member events & Monthly Mixers. See event page for upcoming events.
  • Join the private Member Group on Facebook where you can share events, member-to-member promotions and more
  • Place your Sustain-a-bull Member Badge window cling where all your customers & clients can see it
  • Use the Sustain-a-bull Member Badge on your printed materials, advertisements and website
  • Add your business events to our event calendar
  • Shoot us a note (with a photo!) when you use the Sustain-a-bull branding & we’ll give a shout out via social media.
  • Sponsor or underwrite an event or campaign, such as Eat Local Month, Buy Local Month, or member event
  • Interact with us on Facebook & Twitter. We love to repost & retweet.
  • Keep us up-to-date with your business news, happenings & events.
  • Co-market or collaborate with other members, and tell us about it!