Local First Arizona
Strengthening the Arizona Economy

Here’s how we worked together to make Arizona a better place for local businesses in 2017



We’re raising awareness for shopping locally with our Certified Local members every day.

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People are fiercely supporting local. The Local First campaign is one of the most successful campaigns about educating people to shop locally.
— Ty Largo, Awe Collective

The majority of Arizona consumers (73%) shop small to support their local community. (2017 Cox Consumer Pulse on Small Business survey)
We launched a brand new online directory that will make it easier for Arizonans to find local businesses in their communities
We drew 22,000 people to the Arizona Fall Festival to connect Arizonans to the new local businesses across the state
Local First Arizona is the largest local business coalition in North America, with more than 3,000 members. 
Testimonial: Eric Jersen & wife

We’re capturing the attention of the next largest consumer market to drive more business to Arizona companies through our massive social media following.

Roughly 7 out of 10 millennials claim that purchasing American-made products is important to them (Edelman Digital).
40% of millennials say that they prefer to shop at local stores even if items are more expensive. 
The millennial generation favors local brick and mortar stores because they sell handmade products and provide a personal shopping experience. 
“Millennials have a strong sense of community and like to feel connected to the products and services they buy. Because of this, they’ll consider spending more at the store down the street than they may with a large corporation or chain.” Targetwise

We’re building stronger businesses.

Testimonial - active member (Tucson / Flores Concepts) - asked M&L
We hosted 18 educational programs to help local businesses capture the competitive edge against national chains
We hosted more than 50 networking opportunities to connect local businesses to potential clients, customers, and partners. 

We’re feeding the hunger for local foods.

For the first time, independent mom-and-pop restaurants are experiencing faster revenue growth than national chain restaurants. (Pentallect)
The ever popular Devour Culinary Classic continues to showcase the best independent restaurants and local culinary talent in Arizona, and cementing Arizona as a food destination.
We brought dozens of food producers and food buyers together at the Farmer+Chef Connection to increase the supply of local foods in our stores and restaurants.
“This yearly event has introduced me to many of the small vendors whose local products round out our Caduceus Cellars' Tasting Room so nicely.” - Brian Sullivan, Tasting Room Manager, Caduceus Cellars
The number of farmers markets in the US has quadrupled in the last 40 years, including 90 farmers markets across Arizona. (USDA)

We’re sharing your stories of success to illustrate Arizona’s great business climate.

Data from the U.S. Bank Small Business Survey shows that small business owners are seeing Arizona's growth in a more optimistic light than the rest of the country.
We’re telling the stories of Arizona’s legacy businesses. Testimonial - Nextiva - Thomas



We’re making it easier for local businesses to get the credit and loans they need to grow

77% of survey respondents that had applied for financing said that they were successful, on par with national average (Small Business Credit Survey)

We’re keeping money invested in Arizona and Arizona businesses

Local banks saw a 13% growth in Arizona deposits in the last year, from 6.5% of total deposits in 2016 to 7% in 2017. Up from 5.2% in 2013, a 34% increase in four years

We’re helping consumers and businesses to move their money

In 2017, we connected 150 individuals and business owners to local banks and credit unions to move their savings, loans, and financial services to invest in Arizona.