Celebrate Independents Week in the Quad Cities

Celebrate Independents Week in the Quad Cities

Independents Week is right around the corner - Arizona's week-long celebration of our independently owned businesses! Check out all the participating businesses, community events, and golden coupon pick-up locations in the Quad Cities.

Phoenix Coqui Brings Puerto Rican Food Truck to the Valley

Phoenix Coqui Brings Puerto Rican Food Truck to the Valley

It all started in Puerto Rico. Juan Alberto Ayala, a native of the island, and Alexis Carbajal, a first generation American met in Puerto Rico. Their mutual love and appreciation for food brought them together and ignited the flame of what would be their greatest accomplishment.

Flagstaff Brewing Scene Leads to Job Creation

Flagstaff Brewing Scene Leads to Job Creation

Here at Local First Arizona, we often talk about how supporting locally owned businesses keeps more money in our economy and creates jobs. We mention how for every two jobs that big box stores create, three are lost from local business. This can sound theoretical and far away. For those who would like to put a face to successful job creation, this story is just for you. Adam Harrington is a walking embodiment of small industry begetting new opportunities, and ones that benefit the entire community.

Queen Creek Olive Mill Wins The Gold

Queen Creek Olive Mill Wins The Gold

Every April, the world’s largest and most prestigious olive oil competition is held in New York where nearly 1,000 brands are analyzed by an international team of expert tasters to determine the best olive oils in the world. The sold-out event brought producers, retailers, distributors, chefs and journalists together for one common purpose: to recognize and applaud the best olive oil producers.  

State of the Watershed - Current Initiatives to Preserve the Verde River

State of the Watershed - Current Initiatives to Preserve the Verde River

As a deeper understanding and appreciation for the value of the Verde River and its tributaries grows, it’s important to recognize the diverse group of partners that have been working together for decades to restore habitat, sustain flows, and promote community.

Got Raw Milk?

Got Raw Milk?

Rick Anglin has been a dairyman all his life. Today, Rick and his family own and operate Fond du Lac Farms - a raw milk dairy in Casa Grande, Arizona. Raw milk is unpasteurized by definition, meaning milk is packaged directly upon removal from the cow. Conversely, pasteurized milk is flash-heated, which removes all bacteria (good and bad), natural enzymes, and most of the natural vitamins, minerals, calcium and proteins. Raw milk is completely safe for consumption and delicious! 

4 Reasons to Save in Your Company's Retirement Plan

4 Reasons to Save in Your Company's Retirement Plan

So your company offers a retirement plan for its employees. That's fantastic! But why should YOU put money away into it? You've probably heard both good and bad things about your plan. In what follows I'll answer a few of the objections to investing in your company sponsored retirement plan and 4 MAJOR reasons you should consider contributing...