Frequently Asked Questions
Membership Payments & Logistics
How do I join?
Join at belocalbroome.com/join. Be sure to complete the application in full and submit payment with your application - we cannot approve your membership until we receive payment!
When does my membership start?
Provided that your business or organization meets all of our membership requirements, your membership is active as soon as we receive payment. We will list your business in our directory within 2 business days, and you will receive your first marketing package within 10 business days.
When is my next membership fee due?
Your next membership fee is due one year from your initial payment. For example, if you purchase a membership on February 17, 2019, your next membership fee will be due on February 17, 2020.
Can I set up automatic payments?
Yes! When your application is approved, you will be able to log in and set up automatic payments. We'll send you an email reminder 30 days before your card is charged again.
Do I have to set up automatic payments?
Nope! We will invoice you via email 30 days before your next membership fee is due. At that time, you can either go in and pay manually with a card, or send in a check.
Do you offer electronic payment?
Yes, we offer secure electronic payment through Wild Apricot Payments powered by Affinipay. After you submit an online application, you will be prompted to pay this way.
Can I still pay with a check?
Yes! Simply submit your application without electronic payment. Keep in mind that we won't be able to approve your application, list your business in the directory, or send you your marketing package until we receive payment.
Who should I make a check out to?
Checks should be made out to Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition, with Be Local Broome written in the memo line.
Where should I send my check?
Our mailing address is:
What if I decide I don't want to be a member anymore?
No problem. You can log in to your account at any time and cancel your membership at any time. (Although we'll be sorry to see you go!)
Types of Members
What is a founding member?
Any Be Local Broome member who submitted a complete application by 11:59 PM on February 28, 2019 is considered a founding member. These members receive permanent recognition in our online directory (and, eventually, our printed directory)!
Can I still join Be Local Broome as a founding member?
Be Local Broome surpassed our goal of 50 founding members on February 28, 2019, ending the day with 55 founding members. Join here and secure a founding membership.
How much does membership cost?
Membership cost varies depending on your gross annual revenue and type of organization/business. Read more about membership costs here.
Can I join Be Local Broome as both a local, independent business and as an anchor?
Yes, provided you meet the requirements for both! If you are a local, independent business, and are what we call "Mammoth Level" (grossing more than $5M annually), you automatically qualify to be listed as both a business member and as an anchor. There will be a question on your application asking if you'd like to be listed as an anchor as well -— just make sure you check the right box! If you're a smaller business, but want to give more and be considered an anchor, just apply as a mammoth business and check the box saying you'd like to be listed as an anchor, too.
What's an anchor institution?
You can read more about anchor institutions here.
How do I know if I qualify to be a member?
What if I am, for all intents and purposes, a local, independent business, but I don't quite meet your membership requirements?
Most businesses either very clearly, or very clearly don't, meet all of our member requirements. However, we recognize that there is some gray area. (For example, what if your business has one owner who lives in Broome County, but two who live just across the county border?) For these types of situations, we encourage you to contact us. We may be able to put your case before our advisory board for a decision.
We've got you covered! Simply log in to your account and edit the number of business cards you'd like to receive per in your profile. We will adjust your order for your next shipment.
What if I need to change something on my application or profile?
You should be able to log in to your profile and update your information there. If you're having difficulty doing this, please contact us.
What if I want more marketing materials or event tickets than my level includes?
Great question! You are always welcome to contribute at a higher level if you would like more buttons, window decals, "Be Local" cards or event tickets. You are also able to purchase extra marketing materials through our online store, and you can always purchase extra tickets for events!
What if I want to bring all of my employees to an event, but I don't have enough tickets included with my membership?
If you have more employees than tickets included per event, you can have extra employees register as individual members (free event tickets are also included in individual memberships - and we have an employee discount)! Alternatively, you can just have any interested employees buy separate tickets for the event.
Funding, Leadership, & History
Where did you get this idea?
Dave Currie, a member of the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition Board, originally came up with the idea to implement a local business alliance in Broome County. We also pull ideas from similar initiatives in other cities, like Local First Ithaca, Buffalo First, or the local business alliance in Grand Rapids, MI.
Where do you get your funding?
Be Local Broome is a membership-based organization, which means that once the program is fully established, we will be funded by our membership. Currently, we are operating on a loan from the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition (BRSC), membership fees from our founding members, and early donations.
Why do I have to make checks payable to the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition (BRSC)?
And why is BRSC in your mailing address?
Great question! The Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition is Be Local Broome's parent nonprofit, which means we currently share books, a board of directors, and office space. It also means we've been able to get Be Local Broome started a lot faster than we would have otherwise. We plan to incorporate Be Local Broome as a separate entity once we are off the ground. For now, we appreciate your patience with us as a new program!
Who is your board of directors?
We currently share a board of directors with the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition, our parent nonprofit. You can find our list of board members here. Two board members in particular — Terry Woodnorth and Erik Jensen — are working directly on the project of Be Local Broome.
Where can I find Be Local Broome's public financial records?
As a new program, Be Local Broome currently shares books with our parent nonprofit, the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition. They have publicly posted their financial records here. We do, however, want to stay as accountable as possible and intend to post our own records here once we are big enough to have them! If you have any best practices to share, or any concerns you feel we should address, we would love to hear from you.
What is the Be Local Broome advisory board?
Different from a board of directors, our advisory board is comprised of volunteers, all members of Be Local Broome. The board meets once every other month, and aids our team in making key decisions. Any local, independent business or nonprofit may choose to join
the advisory board when they join Be Local Broome.