Buffalo First is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization comprised of local independent "Main Street" businesses, organizations, and concerned citizens. The mission of Buffalo First is to build a local, green, and fair economy in the Buffalo-Niagara region. Buffalo First encourages people to shop locally, helps independent businesses access local goods and services, and gives independent businesses a united voice to shape better policies for local independent and green businesses. The goal is to root more dollars here, preserve community, and create a healthier environment.
Buffalo First educates the public by hosting educational events throughout the year and by publishing educational resources such as the All Local Coupon Book and All Local Business Directory. The organization helps businesses by hosting monthly mixers, assisting businesses with local and green procurement, and giving independent businesses a united voice to shape a stronger, healthier community. Buffalo First works with local and state policy makers to establish standards that strengthen community businesses and build a greener economy.