If you've had a hard time hiring, you're not alone. Maybe you've been able to fill a position, but not keep it filled, which costs you more time and money in the long-run. This month, we're bringing together three experts working to help find the right person for your job - and how to keep them there too.
Are you getting media attention? You should be! PR expert, Josh Weiss shares his "secret sauce" tips with you to identify and promote positive stories for your business to news media, influencers, and customers.
This month’s Community Mixer is at Match Restaurant & Bar which is located within the FOUND:RE Hotel in Downtown Phoenix. Known for their unique cocktails and craft beers, we’re sure this location won’t disappoint. We look forward to seeing you there!
Strap on your bowling shoes and hit the lanes at Let It Roll Bowl for the 7th ‘Basically Annual’ Phoenix Independents Bowl, an all local bowling tournament comprised of members of Phoenix's best bands, businesses, and independent minded citizens. The 7th Phoenix Independents Bowl will be held on Sunday, July 7th at Let It Roll Bowl, one of the only independently owned bowling alleys in Phoenix. All ages; $25 per bowler.
Grab your friends and join Local First Arizona for our annual Independents Week Bar Crawl! We’re hitting five local stops for $4 drink specials on Saturday, June 29th in Downtown Phoenix. Ready to see how local you can go? Compete in our scavenger hunt to solve clues and win local prizes! Free to attend, 21+ only.
This month’s Community Mixer will be held at Dorian in Scottsdale. Themed after the famed Dorian Gray in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, this restaurant offers a unique atmosphere with a chill vibe. Sample rosé wine (it’s never too late to celebrate Rosé Day!), enjoy hors d’oeuvres and happy hour drink prices.
Join Local First at Southern Rail in Uptown Phoenix. Meet local entrepreneurs, LFA staff, and support this local eatery. Bring plenty of business cards and your best 30-second intro!
Enrique Feldman specializes in perfecting leadership within business owners. His expertise lies in pulling entrepreneurs out of the daily grind, thinking more innovatively and connecting more profoundly with your employees to improve, even expand your business. This month’s ConnectED workshop will focus on learning skills and techniques in strategies on self-care, company culture, and putting you back in the driver seat to success.
Celebrate the locally owned businesses in Arizona! This month we’re inviting you to our Local First Arizona offices downtown for an open house style event. Join us for a 30-min. business workshop with Gordon Parkman who will use his four decades of experience to show you how to plan for success in your business.
Learn strategies for success to drive new revenue and prepare your current customers for the Tempe Streetcar construction. Be proactive, be prepared, and discover a network of small businesses to collaborate and learn from at this free event.
With 1 billion active users per month, Instagram is a social media juggernaut. But the platform isn’t just about pretty pictures and hashtags; Instagram is a viable and potent promotional channel for businesses…when used strategically. In this presentation, we’ll cover how to utilize one of Instagram’s most powerful features-Stories—to engage your audience daily.
Celebrate local businesses and community banking with us at The Newton, a local multi-tenant destination in the heart of Uptown Phoenix. Meet local entrepreneurs and our local banks and credit unions at the First Draft Book Bar.
Interested in expanding your client base and revenue stream to include the City of Phoenix? Don’t miss your opportunity to work and learn from Phoenix representatives on everything from what the city purchases to becoming a vendor for preferred products and services.
March ConnectED Workshop: Welcome to the World of Millennials - aka Your Next Big Market of Customers
How are you marketing to the largest generation? Millennial buying power is $200 billion, and Millennial Marketing experts want to show you how you can reach new customers without tearing your hair out. This month’s quarterly ConnectED workshop will give you the tools to capture Gen Y into your business.
Have you been to downtown Mesa recently? We invite you to join us for a curated stroll to (re)discover local businesses that are popping up along Main Street. Enjoy refreshments and a chance to meet business owners along the way.
Starshine Communities and Local First Arizona are hosting a Collaboration & Cocktails event for local businesses this February. Local entrepreneurs from across the valley are encouraged to attend.
Celebrate the best of local cocktail culture at the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition. Attendees can root for their favorite bartenders from the Devour Phoenix Coalition of restaurants as they sip on their competition creations.
Kick-off 2019 with Local First at 414 Pub & Pizza in Tempe. Meet local entrepreneurs, LFA staff, and support this local eatery on Mill Ave. Bring plenty of business cards and your best 30-second intro!
Experience a unique opportunity to dine with Co-founder of New Belgium Brewing, Kim Jordan, while tasting delicious fare from Conceptually Social, one of Phoenix's up and coming restaurants serving delicious food and building community.
Join us for our final member luncheon of 2018 at the iconic Duck and Decanter in Phoenix. We’ll be gathering on their newly renovated patio enjoying the weather as well as meeting new and returning members. Bring plenty of business cards!
We often plan marketing in huge tidal waves: large launches, huge social media campaigns and big advertising spends. The truth is, the most powerful marketing is consistent marketing, in tiny little actions every day. In this ConnectED workshop, entrepreneurs learn how to maximize efficiency to make big gains in cash flow through small, attainable actions for the coming year.
The Arizona Fall Fest is a free and family-friendly celebration of everything local to Arizona. The festival features food from many of Arizona’s finest restaurants, a beer & wine garden, booths for local merchants and live entertainment.
Celebrate Arizona at the 14th Annual Arizona Fall Festival! Certified local, family-friendly, pet-friendly, this festival is a blast! Enjoy an all-AZ Beer and Wine Garden, local music and performances, local food samples, kids activities, 200 local vendors and more! Become a Fall Festival Volunteer!
A look inside of the Arizona Sunrays facility is worth a thousand words. From their builder to materials, Julie and her AZ Sunrays team looked to local vendors to complete their dream facility.
Give yourself a break with us and check out Hula’s new location in uptown Phoenix! We’ll be lunching and networking in the Tiki Room with local entrepreneurs from around the valley. Bring plenty of business cards, and be ready for your 30-second intro.
Cracking down on operating expenses is always top of mind for entrepreneurs. One area where you may literally be sending money down the drain is through your water usage. Join this free webinar with the experts at Water Use It Wisely to find applicable tips that will save you money, and save water.
Phat Scooters is on the rise around the country. Check out this homegrown, Tempe-based business at their headquarters for brews, local business connections, and more!
From solo-preneurs to growing companies, learn how to video on a shoe-string budget to build your brand in the digital age.
Join us at Arizona Humane Society for a filled night! We’ll be mingling while meeting adoptable dogs & cats, making pet training toys, and learning what AHS does everyday for Arizona’s pets.