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Restaurant Association names Foodist Awards finalists


The Arizona Restaurant Association’s 2016 Foodist Awards return this April for an evening of celebration, that recognizes another incredible year in Arizona’s culinary and hospitality industry. The Awards will be held on Thursday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Showcase room located at 149 South Farmer in Tempe, and are attended by food and beverage industry professionals.… Read More →

Kimber Lanning thinks big for small businesses

Photo by Robin Sendele, Az Big Media

It takes one to know one. When it comes to small business in Arizona, Kimber Lanning is and knows everyone. Lanning, champion of local businesses as the founder and executive director of nonprofit Local First Arizona, dropped out of Arizona State University at the age of 19 to open Stinkweeds, an independently owned and operated… Read More →

Arizona’s Valley of the Scholars

Grand Canyon University; Photo by Shavon Rose for AZ Big Media

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 →

Shop Local For The Holidays

by in Executive Lifestyle | Green | Lists

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 →

The Goal Of Shift Arizona Is To Get People Shopping Locally, Boosting The State’s Economy

Downtown Phoenix Shopping
by in Economy | Featured

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 →

The Buzz on AZNow.Biz – November 8, 2010

Arizona Business Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Janet Perez
by in Columnist Spotlight | Economy | Featured

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. The Buzz on AZNow.Biz – November… Read More →

Local First Arizona Champions Buying Locally

Local First Arizona Champions Buying Locally - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

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 →