Local First Arizona

I'd like to start highlighting local and regional groups who are working in their communities to raise awareness of shopping locally. First up: Local First Arizona.

Local First Arizona is currently the largest group of its kind in the country, with over 1300 members, and they're aware of the growing movement. As their mission states, "an explosion of sorts is occurring here and everywhere, as people look to define a sense of place, community and quality of life for their families and their futures."

Why shop locally? The LFA site has a compelling list of reasons, such as "When you shop locally-owned businesses, your money is re-circulated over and over and creates up to 75% more tax revenue to our community and state." They also provide a few simple steps you can take to make a difference in your community.

You can be a part of the local movement by finding and supporting Arizona independents. There are even featured business categories like Organic Foods and Green and Eco-Friendly.

If you live in AZ or you're just in the area, find local businesses in the Local First Arizona directory. And if you have a shop local group you'd like to let us know about, send the info to me!


Corb21's picture

NH Local First?

I'd love to be part of something like this in NH, we definately have the charisma...anyone know if there IS anything? I haven't heard. This seems like a very spreadable phenomenon.

Go Local and Stay Home!

Carol Corbett
PublishingWorks, Inc.

AaronsBooks's picture


There is a Portsmouth group: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine - Seacoast Buy Local

Sam Droke-Dickinson
Aaron's Books, Lititz PA

billy's picture

Large Membership

Wow, 1300 members is pretty strong! I think more cities/organizations should try to duplicate their success. Where I live, a small suburban city recently launched a local effort named "Buy River." Membership is $10 and offers discounts from participating merchants. Most of the membership fee is used to maintain the program. It's so new that participants don't have their permanent membership IDs yet. That's how popular the program is in Rocky River Ohio!

Injury Lawyer's picture

Community shopping

I truly believe that we should all help our local stores, lets face it most of them couldn't survive without us and why should the large supermarkets get all our business?

Patrick's picture

local business is the backbone of the America

Although there are clearly merits in having large shopping malls and outlets, local business, such as your corner store are actually the back bone of the USA economy. They help add a nice personal touch to our day to day affairs as well as good old fashion customer support.

Where I live in New York this is not too much of a problem at all however when visiting the in-laws in Maryland, life there appears to be very impersonal.

If anyone knows of any such organization in Maryland please let me know.

Regards and thanks. Patrick.

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