Local First Arizona Archives

First Pizza Festival in Arizona comes to Civic Space Park

by in Eat | Experience AZ Magazine | Featured

On November 21, Arizona residents will begin their holiday eating binge one week early and indulge in the first Phoenix Pizza Festival on the Saturday before Thanksgiving from 11am to 5pm. Taking place at Civic Space Park in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the Phoenix Pizza Festival will benefit Local First Arizona, an organization that… Read More →

Details announced for 2016 Devoured Culinary Classic

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Presented in partnership with Local First Arizona, Devour Phoenix, Phoenix Art Museum and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, the Devoured week of events featuring the seventh annual Devoured Culinary Classic will run from February 28 through March 6. The week long celebration of food and drink returns with an all-star lineup of local… Read More →

National leaders of localist movement gather in Phoenix


Phoenix, home to the largest local business association in the world, has no shortage of progressive-minded entrepreneurs. But this week the city will welcome about 700 more. The 2015 BALLE Conference—the world’s largest gathering of local business owners—will convene in downtown Phoenix from June 10-12. Its attendees will exchange ideas about human-scale economies, community capital,… Read More →

Local First Arizona will celebrate National Independents Week

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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… Read More →

Lanning Receives Economic Development Leadership Award


Kimber Lanning, Executive Director of Local First Arizona, was awarded the Citizen Leadership Award by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for her extraordinary commitment in promoting economic development.  The honor was presented on Tuesday, October 21, during IEDC’s Annual Conference in Fort Worth, TX. “The Citizen Leadership Award celebrates a community or business leader,… Read More →

Yelp Foundation Awards $1 Million in Grants


The Yelp Foundation announced plans today to give $1 million to charity, including four local nonprofits in the Phoenix area. In 2011, the Board of Directors of Yelp Inc. established the Yelp Foundation with one percent of company equity devoted to supporting community literacy and small business growth. These initiatives are imperative for local economies… Read More →

Local business owners weigh in Ban Bossy campaign

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The Ban Bossy campaign led by Facebook COO and Lean In founder, Sheryl Sandberg, and the Girl Scouts of USA works to help empower girls and women. The campaign partnered with celebrities and businesses to share quotes, stories and tips for girls, parents, troop leaders and managers to help women become leaders. The basis of… Read More →

ACAA honors Hildebrand, Schmaltz, Grijalva, Torres


Ginny Hildebrand, who is retiring this year as President and CEO of the Arizona Association of Food Banks, and Tim Schmaltz, Executive Director of the Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition, have been named the 2013 Margie Frost Champions Against Poverty by the Arizona Community Action Association (ACAA). This is the first time that two recipients will… Read More →

Wist signs contract with Infusionsoft

by in Business News | Small Biz | Tech

Wist Office Products, the longtime Tempe-based office supplier ranked “Best Office Supply Company” in the state for seven years and counting, today announced yet another victory in a year that’s already proven to be a standout for the locally-owned and operated retailer. Infusionsoft, designer of the only all-in-one sales and marketing software for small businesses… Read More →

Phoenix Looks to Award Contracts to Local Businesses

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by in Featured | Small Biz

Local First Arizona believes the leadership at Phoenix City Hall is moving in the right direction with respect to the inclusion of Arizona owned companies bidding for new contracts for the city’s towing.  A new towing contract proposes that Phoenix be divided into four zones, with local companies All City Towing and DV Towing being… Read More →

Metrocenter Looks Local, Partners With Kimber Lanning


A new partnership between Metrocenter and local business advocate Kimber Lanning marks the latest step by mall owner Carlyle Development Group to strengthen the connection between the retail landmark and its Phoenix community. “We’ve spent more than a year listening, building relationships and creating a plan to meet the needs of our almost half-a-million nearby… Read More →

Local First Arizona Hosts Certified Local Fall Festival

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by in Play

Bring your family and friends to Portland Parkway on Nov. 10 for Local First Arizona’s 8th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival. Voted “Best Free Festival” in 2011’s New Times Best Of Phoenix awards, the Certified Local Fall Festival is free to attend, and the first 500 attendees will receive gift bags. The event aims to… Read More →