Local First Archives
Phoenix may be built on a grid system, but it’s not too hyperbolic to say all roads (and, one day, light rail routes) lead to Arizona State University. It’s the theory of diffusion of innovations, says Sundt Construction’s Business Development Manager Ryan Abbott. The theory, which has been around since Everett Rogers published a book… Read More →
We all know major department stores have big holiday sales, but so do local stores. Local stores also have the added bonus of being good for your conscience. They’re greener – many of their products aren’t shipped in from all over the world – and they help the local economy more than chain stores. See… Read More →
In an effort to jolt the state’s economy back to life, Local First Arizona is encouraging Arizonans to shift 10 percent of their purchases to local businesses. Ten percent might not seem like a lot, but when even a small amount is fed into a local economy, it can grow exponentially. The shift can be… Read More →
This week on AZNow.Biz, meet diversity work force advocate Christine French, founder of the Diversity Leadership Alliance. Also read about Local First Arizona’s new campaign to get consumers to spend 10 percent of their dollars on local companies. And learn the best strategy for investing in the turbulent market.
Today, people generally recognize the importance of shopping locally and supporting our region’s independently owned and operated businesses. But that wasn’t always the case. As recently as seven years ago, the concept was nearly unheard of in Arizona. But in 2003, Kimber Lanning, of the independently owned and operated Stinkweeds music store, started Local First… Read More →