JOIN THE MOVEMENT TO BUILD A BETTER ARIZONA
Now is the time to join forces to protect, foster, and strengthen the local businesses in our neighborhoods that give us a sense of place, ensure our diverse culture, and provide us with strong unique communities we are proud to call home. By joining the Local First Arizona Local Business Coalition, you're joining a group of locally-owned and diverse businesses of all industries that share one thing in common: the desire to create a prosperous and thriving economy.
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Business Member Benefits
Joining the Local First Arizona Business Coalition means you're joining a movement, but membership also comes with benefits.
Page through our Membership Information kit, or browse the information below for details on joining the largest coalition of local businesses in the country:
These are just some of the reasons why you should become a business member of Local First Arizona:
QUALITY OF LIFE
Local First is a long-term solution to a deep-rooted problem. We’re working to effect permanent changes in the way people think about how they spend their money- but that won’t happen overnight. We understand it’s going to take time, but we’ve made an enduring commitment to our communities. We’re in it for the long run. Ultimately the future of our state is far more important to the people who stand behind Local First than it is to any chain store. This isn’t just another branch location for us. It’s our home.
LFA works at the state level to encourage legislation that favors Arizona businesses in the state procurement process, and at the city level to streamline the process for the adaptive reuse of existing buildings that are the incubator spaces for entrepreneurs to open new businesses, which create infill and density. LFA also sponsors economic studies to prove local spending is better for our communities than corporate spending.
LFA creates programs for members that includes printed maps, called Small Wonders; the Certified Local Fall Festival hosts over 100 local businesses and draws thousands of Localists to Phoenix to enjoy food, live music and fun for families; National Independents Week during which consumers are encouraged to buy locally for the entire week; and Buy Local Month brings exposure to Local First Arizona members while encouraging consumers to shop locally for the holidays. Plus much more.
Local First Arizona can help lend visibility to your business. As a member, your business will be listed on our online local business directory that is being searched more than 50,000 times per month. Local First Arizona also has a vast online communications platform, reaching over 150,000 followers on social media, 20,000 newsletter subscribers, and 10,000 monthly blog readers.
Local First Arizona is able to secure discounts on all sorts of products and services exclusively for its members. From specials from our sustaining members such as a 10% discount on office supplies from Wist Office Products to discounted advertising from our media partners, Local First Arizona members can support fellow local businesses and save money.
At Local First Arizona, we're building a community of local businesses, and the individuals who support them. Business owners are encouraged to attend networking mixers to develop relationships with other like-minded businesses of all kinds. Business to business relationships and local procurement are encouraged.
Dues & Eligibility
While we appreciate your interest in Local First Arizona, the following business types do not fit our membership criteria:
- Franchisees that are not licensed to exclusive Arizona-headquartered franchises.
- Companies that are publicly traded, regardless of where they are headquartered.
- Independent agents or franchisees that are licensed to non-Arizona based companies.
- Companies with more physical locations operating outside of Arizona than are operating inside Arizona.
- Companies with their headquarters in another state.
If you do not fit the qualifications for joining as a business, consider joining our Localist program as an individual member!
Our dues structure remains incredibly low because we are able to apply for grants for community and economic development, which allows us a wide variety of revenue streams and enables us to keep our dues affordable for business owners of all sizes. Nonprofit organizations qualify for membership rates based on their annual budget.
|Total number of people in your business (including owners, full and part-time workers)||Phoenix & Tucson Metro Area Annual Dues||All Other Arizona Annual Dues|
|51 + Employees||$399||$300|
|Nonprofit Organization Dues||Phoenix & Tucson Metro Area Annual Dues||All Other Arizona Annual Dues|
|Annual Budget: Under $100,000||$49||$35|
|Annual Budget: $100,000 - $500,000||$99||$65|
|Annual Budget: $500,000 - $1 Million||$149||$100|
|Annual Budget: $1 Million +||$349||$200|
Upgrade Your Membership to a Sustaining Membership
Our Sustaining Members understand that through Local First Arizona’s actions, outreach, and campaigns, we are creating stronger communities across Arizona. Through their support, LFA is able to expand programs, launch campaigns, and extend our reach to businesses and consumers. Our sustaining members allow LFA to spread our mission across the state.