Southern AZ August Mixer Recap: Connecting Tucson, One Local Business At A Time

This LFA Event Recap was guest written by LFA Intern, Matt Poulton. 14768126337_e94b171b40_zThis month’s Local First Arizona (LFA) member mixer was held at Connect Coworking. Connect is located in the heart of historic downtown Tucson, on the southeast corner of Fifth Ave. and Congress. This new business is helping to usher in a new era of innovation for Tucson, providing next-generation, modernized collaborative workspaces for entrepreneurs, small businesses and freelance writers. Their amazing spaces promote open communication between users and help cultivate the creative process. The workspaces come with a variety of extra shared amenities such as kitchen with a bar, multiple sound-proof meeting spaces of various sizes and an outdoor patio with a ping pong table when you need to take a break. Workspaces can be rented by the hour, day or month, making it easy for business owners to be flexible with their budgets by not getting roped into any long-term leasing contract. Connect truly does “connect” people and businesses, in order to create a better, smarter community.

Over sixty local businesses showed up to network and support each other and the LFA mission. Yet again, we’re so thankful for the numerous gift donations from many attending businesses for the monthly mixer raffle. Last month’s mixer raffle was the biggest there had ever been, only to be trumped by this mixer! These kind gestures only help to build our momentum and increase the quality of the experience at our mixers. In addition to the successful raffle, The Chef Police catered the event, providing exceptional customer service and flavor. The food was something many “connected” with (multiple times)!

14768013839_d0e56c616b_zErika Mitnik-White, the Southern Arizona Membership Coordinator, and Margaree Bigler, Localist Program Director, delivered excellent speeches addressing LFA’s mission and why it’s so important. They also promoted the Localist Program which provides individuals an opportunity to participate with LFA by supporting local businesses through many different exclusive and exciting experiences! Interested in hosting a Localist event at your business?  Sign up here.

Erika and Margaree also mentioned upcoming events such as:

  • Certified Local Fall Fest November 8th in Downtown Phoenix. This is a great venue to showcase your amazing local business. Only a few spots are left, you can sign up here.
  • Member Webinar on Practical Procurement: Doing Business with the Public Sector, Wednesday, August 20th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Find more details and register here. 
  • Tucson Lunch and Learn Seminar – September 17th, 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M.: How to Build a Bike-Friendly Business with Kylie Walzak, the Program Manger for Living Streets Alliance (LSA) It will be hosted at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange.  Register here.

Please join us at our next LFA member mixer, which will be held at on September 3rd at HomeStyle Galleries east location, which is the largest premier consignment shop in Southern Arizona. Their vast collection of art and other home accessories and additions has really separated them from the rest of the competition. HomeStyle Galleries is located at side 1010 S. Wilmot Rd., Tucson, AZ 85711. RSVP here.

Again, thank you to everyone who was in attendance and for continuing to make these mixers an amazing experience!