General Membership & Fuerza Local  

At Local First Arizona, our primary goal is to make Arizona a better place by supporting locally owned businesses and building vibrant communities that residents are proud to call home. One of the main ways we work to achieve this goal is direct support of local businesses through our local business coalition. Now at more than 2,700 members strong, the coalition offers members a forum to come together and collaborate on common goals, a platform to promote themselves to a wider audience, and a variety of opportunities and programs to gain important skills and resources to better operate their businesses. 

Within Local First Arizona’s business coalition is Fuerza Local, an initiative aimed at bringing the Buy Local message to Spanish-speaking communities. The Latino business community is a significant factor in the health of Arizona’s overall economy, and it is important to engage this vital group in the conversation about supporting local businesses and keeping our dollars in Arizona’s local economy. Fuerza Local holds regular membership events to connect Spanish-speaking business owners in the community. 

Local First Arizona hosted over 50 networking events for LFA business coalition members across the state. One of our primary goals is fostering collaboration among local businesses, and our mixers offer a great way for owners and representatives of local businesses to connect with one another. Once these individuals connect and form relationships, they are more likely to do business with one another, keeping more dollars circulating in the local economy. 

2015 Business Membership By The Numbers 

  • Total Southern Arizona Members: 501 
  • Total Northern Arizona Members: 203 
  • Total Fuerza Local Members: 85 
  • Total Members Overall: 2,740 

Top 10 Membership Categories 

  • Food & Dining 
  • Business Services 
  • Shopping & Retail 
  • Entertainment/Arts 
  • Agriculture/Food Production 
  • Communications/Media 
  • Not For Profit 
  • Home & Garden 
  • Construction/Repairs 
  • Health/Medicine

Noble Beast

“Getting involved with Local First Arizona has been beneficial to Noble Beast in so many ways: we’ve made the news through media referrals, learned how to reach out to customers, and met wonderful colleagues...”
— Marsha Vallee & Alison Chandler Owners, Noble Beast