Our Business Coalition

Business Development and Placemaking

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 nearly 3,000 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. 

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
Noble Beast

Noble Beast

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. Learn more (en español).

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…and learn more about Local First Arizona’s initiatives, signature events and programs that are all centered around making Arizona a better place by supporting locally owned businesses and building vibrant communities that residents are proud to call home.