In recognition of National Independents Week, Local First Arizona will honor locally owned and independent businesses across the state from Saturday, June 27, through Sunday, July 5. The nationwide Independents Week campaign, coordinated by the American Independent Business Alliance and known as “Indie Week,” takes place during the week of Independence Day with the purpose of enlightening consumers to the importance of supporting local businesses.
“Independence Day is a time for us to reflect on what makes our state and country great,” says Kimber Lanning, Director of Local First Arizona. “Arizona’s independent business community is the backbone of our local economy and the driving force behind what makes us proud to call Arizona home. Up to four times more money stays in the local economy when consumers choose an independent business over a national chain. Independents Week is our way of drawing attention to the important role independent businesses play in our daily lives.”
This year’s Independents Week will feature the return of the Golden Coupon, an Independents Week contest with great prizes, fun events with local businesses across the state, and much more:
Arizonans are encouraged to “Take the Pledge” to shop local during Indie Week. Indie Week presents the perfect opportunity for consumers to visit any one of the many participating stores that they may not have otherwise known about or that they have wanted to try – all while spending locally and saving money. Anyone can take the pledge by visiting http://localfirstaz.com/independents-week/ and filling out the simple form. Pledgers can choose to publicly have their names listed on the Local First Arizona website. Those who take the pledge will be entered in a raffle to win a satiation package to a unique Arizona destination.
The popular Golden Coupon is the ticket to saving 20% off purchases from hundreds of locally owned establishments including auto repairs, home furnishing stores, boutiques, florists, restaurants, yoga studios, nurseries, and more (a list of participating businesses will be available at http://localfirstaz.com/independents-week/ in early June). Individuals can simply print out the Golden Coupon from the LFA website and use it at as many participating locations as they please, or download the coupon on their smart phone.
Several events will take place across the state during Independents Week to celebrate our local businesses with community members, including a pub crawl, a bowling tournament, a gallery exhibition, beer dinners, and more to come!
More information will be made available at http://localfirstaz.com/independents-week/ in the coming months.