BALLE Conference Tours Open to All

Local First Arizona is excitedly planning a plethora of events to show off Arizona during the BALLE conference, a three day gathering of local movement leaders and supporters that will be happening in Phoenix June 10 – 13th.  Part of the conference fun are four tours focusing on areas that we at LFA are especially proud of in our home state: adaptive reuse, urban agriculture, rural development and sustainability.  The tours are open to all so take a peek at what we are offering and come along with us, whether you are attending the conference or not.

Adaptive Reuse Tour
Commons+Cafe+StyleIn recent years, historic preservation groups, city leaders and entrepreneurs have stepped in to prevent Phoenix’s significant architecture from being razed and replaced with generic strip malls. New life has been breathed into historic and vintage modern buildings in unique ways. Local First Arizona Founder Kimber Lanning will be leading a light rail tour that shows how locally owned businesses are re-using buildings and by doing so, transforming the communities around them for the better. We’ll visit spots like the Newtown, a former restaurant that has been transformed into a bookstore, restaurant, garden shop and meeting venue, along with many other gems from the past that have been embraced by local entrepreneurs.

Date: Wednesday June 10th
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $75 per person includes light rail pass, tour guides and lunch
Location: Tour starts and ends at the Renaissance Hotel, 50 E. Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Registration: Click here


Desert Urban Agriculture
Learn about Phoenix’s burgeoning urban agriculture industry on this bus tour with stops at three different collaborative sites featuring multiple agriculture initiatives. Learn the story of the Hohokam, the first known farmers of the Phoenix basin and Phx renews veghow their heritage is inspiring an urban agriculture revival. Stops include the George B Brooks Sr. Community School, which focuses on STEM education and is home to several agriculture entrepreneurs; Maya’s Farm which is a certified organic farm that producing specialty vegetables, herbs, flowers, and eggs for local markets, restaurants, and schools; and PHX Renews, a vacant city lot that has been transformed into a community garden with plots for refugee farmers and agriculture education groups. See firsthand that food does in fact grow (quite well) in the desert! Local First Arizona’s Local Foods Director Steve Russell will lead the tour.

Date: Wednesday June 10th
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Tour starts and ends at the Renaissance Hotel, 50 E. Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Cost: $75 per person includes bus transportation, tour guides and lunch
Registration: Click here


Arcosanti Tour
Arcosanti viewExperience a one-of-a-kind, intimate guided tour of Arcosanti, Paolo Soleri’s prototype town designed to house 5,000 people. Arcosanti is an urban laboratory focused on innovative design, community, and environmental accountability. Their goal is to actively pursue lean alternatives to urban sprawl based on Paolo Soleri’s theory of compact city design, Arcology (architecture + ecology). You will have a private tour of the grounds with Mary Hoadley, Arcosanti site coordinator, where you will see how a sustainable community exists in the desert and how local agriculture, green building materials, energy and a unique workshop program all come into play. Ace Bailey with Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours will lead this tour.

Date: Saturday June 13th
Time: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Tour starts and ends at the Renaissance Hotel, 50 E. Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Cost: $120 per person includes bus transportation, tour guides, site admission and lunch.
Registration: Click here


Revitalizing Main Street in Rural Arizona
©2014 Rick D'Elia/D'Elia Photographic/ www.deliaphotographic.com/480-452-5723Once known as the bootlegging capital of Arizona, Cottonwood has experienced resurgence in recent years due to an influx of independent businesses. Hear from Cottonwood Economic Development Director Casey Rooney about how the city collaborates with restaurateurs, wineries, and retail shops to turn this once sleepy Main Street into a popular destination. We’ll also hear from neighboring city Clarkdale’s Community/Economic Development Director Jodie Filardo on how entrepreneurs are changing the face of the town. We will also learn about the economic impact and job creation that the Arizona wine industry has had in the region. Local First Arizona Founder Kimber Lanning will lead the tour.

Date: Saturday June 13th
Time: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Tour starts and ends at the Renaissance Hotel, 50 E. Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Cost: $95 per person includes bus transportation, tour guides and lunch
Registration: Click here

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New England style cameraderie under the Southwest sunset

16995686832_83cf1ffc4b_kIf a cozy living room with a cold beer and a hot cup of clam “chowda” is where you would like to be, Jackson Tavern definitely fits the bill. Metzger Family Restaurants has brought the New England tavern experience to Tucson. “The tavern was a place where people congregated to conduct business over a light lunch, discuss the day’s headlines over bottles of wine and glasses of ale and celebrate life’s rich blessings over a hearty evening meal. The food was always fresh and flavorful, sourced from the day’s catch, and an energy of community and camaraderie defined the atmosphere,” says owner Brian Metzger. That energy of community and camaraderie was well in evidence on the Jackson Tavern patio with over 80 folks gathered to share the latest news about local. Now, more than ever, it is important for us to come together as a community and talk about the ways we can support the local businesses around us.

BALLEShareable_Main-Conference-Banner_Early-BirdWe had some great news to share on the local front! National data gathered by the ILSR showed that in 2014, across the country, local businesses beat the holiday performance of many national chains and respondents reported brisk sales in 2014, with revenue growing 8.1% on average in 2014, up from 5.3% the previous year. You can learn more about that data here. We also shared news about this year’s BALLE conference in Phoenix. Local First AZ is thrilled to be hosting this year’s localist conference. Described as “the Davos of Main Street” BALLE is an amazing opportunity to connect with local leaders Nationwide. Hear from some of the most innovative Localist leaders who are building the best entrepreneurial models in North America. These business leaders demonstrate that business as community, business as service, business as justice — and as life — works. We hope that many of our Southern Arizona local business leaders register here to attend this amazing event. On April 7th, Arizona Gives Day, Local First AZ will be raising money for scholarship funds so that entrepreneurs and local economy leaders from communities currently underrepresented in the Localism movement can also attend. Please support us on this day. Donations of any amount are appreciated!

We hope you can join us in the Dunbar Spring neighborhood of downtown Tucson for our next mixer at Originate Natural Building Materials showroom on April 1st. Please RSVP in advance by registering here for the mixer.

Thank you to all the businesses in attendance!

26 Point 2 Designs, LLC
800biz Ninja Marketing
A&E Recycled Granite
ABCO Solar Inc
Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oil & Balsamics
America’s Mattress
Arizona Imprintables
Arizona Jewish Post
Balanced Bowenwork
Barbara McNichol Editorial
Burns Pest Elimination
Casa Kira Gifts & Jewelry
City of Tucson Economic Initiatives Office
Crisis Productions
DC UNLTD LLC
DEC Consulting and Coaching
Deliver Dynamic
Dependable Personnel Inc
Enerjoust, LLC
FAMILY AIR, LLC
Flor de Mayo
Gentle Ben’s
Hotel Congress and Maynards Market & Kitchen (Sustaining Member)
Intestinal Health Institute
Jennifer Mead Creative
LifeDonor USA Foundation
Lotus Massage & Wellness Center
Mama’s Hawaiin Bar-b-Cue
Many Hands Artist Cooperative
Merit Foods
Metzger Family Restaurants (Sustaining Member)
MJE Handyman Service
Ms. Green’s World
Ms. Fix-It Home Solutions
Munger Chadwick P.L.C.
New Gratitude Nutrition
Nextrio
O’Rielly Commercial and Fleet (Sustaining Member)
Originate Natural Building Materials
Printing by Postnet at Tanque Verde
Roadrunner Auto Glass
Seelie Studios
Sforzanto Business Solutions
Shoulder to Shoulder Computer Training & Consulting
Southwest Efficiency Solutions (Sustaining Member)
Southwest Solutions
StudioGraphia, LLC
Sustainable Tucson
Thomae Advertising
Tucson Federal Credit Union
Tucson Originals (Sustaining Member)
USHealth Advisors

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Local Easter Happenings Around Arizona

Photo Credit: Maia C

Photo Credit: Maia C

Have an excellent Easter with your family and the local community this year with a number of brunch specials and events so good you’d think the Easter Bunny brought them just for you.

Click your region below for the local Easter events in your area.
-Southern Arizona
-Phoenix Area
-Northern Arizona

Besides the local happenings, also check out the Four Ways to Go Local on Easter!


Southern Arizona:

Mary Chapin Carpenter at Fox Tucson Theatre
The night before Easter, ease into a relaxing Sunday by enjoying five-time Grammy Award winning artist Mary Chapin Carpenter live in an intimate, acoustic performance at Fox Tucson Theatre. Join her on stage at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 4th.

 

easter 7Easter Brunch at Agustin Kitchen
Join Agustin Kitchen on Easter Sunday for our regular brunch menu or a special prix-fixe menu from 10am – 3pm for $35 per person including a choice of starter, house cured Berkshire ham, and heirloom carrot cake. Reservations recommended, you can see full information and menu here.

easter8Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery and Bistro’s Brunch
On Easter Sunday, Gourmet Girls will be serving Easter specials Ham and Asparagus Quiche, Ham and Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs, and an Open Face Ham Sandwich with Tomatoes, Micro Greens and Apricot Mustard in addition to their regular delicious menu….and the best part: Its all gluten free! Full information is available on their website here.

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Easter Specials at Pastiche
Pastiche will be open on Easter from 11am to 11pm with all of their regular, delicious menu items as well as Easter Specials including smoked salmon quiche and Australian lamb loin chops. RSVP information is here.

 

maynardsEaster Brunch at Maynards 
From 9am to 3pm on Easter Sunday, join Maynards for fantastic three-course family style brunch from Executive Chef Jared Scott for only $49 a person, with a kid’s menu available. They will also have also have a $9 Bottomless Champagne Bar that includes Mimosas, Bellinis, and Azaleas. RSVP and menu information here.

children museumCelebrate Easter at the Children’s Museum Tucson
Celebrate the days leading up to Easter at the Children’s Museum Tucson with story-time and Easter eggs. The museum has hidden some goodies inside their eggs just for your kids. Visitors can also partake in bunny-mask making to get into the Easter mood. This is happening on April 1st, 2nd, and 3rd from 9:30am to 5pm. Full information here.

AvalonEaster3LargeEaster at Avalon Gardens
Beautiful Avalon Gardens in Tumacácori will be open on Sunday April 5th with a full schedule of spring and Easter fun. Starting at 9am, enjoy a hayride out to a huge Easter egg hunt, with different fields for different age groups so everyone comes back with a big basket and a smile. After the egg hunt, settle down with your family and enjoy healthy, delicious refreshments and beautiful, uplifting live entertainment reflecting the true spirit of Easter. Full information  is here.


Phoenix Area:

zuzu1.jpg  555×375Brunch and Dinner at ZuZu
ZuZu inside the iconic Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale, is serving up a delicious Easter brunch inside and on the shaded patio from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., including the famous Bloody Mary + Mimosa Bar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring the little ones and meet on the patio at 9 a.m. for the annual Easter Egg Hunt, including prizes and a special golden egg. Savory dinner specials include Stuffed leg of Lamb with shiitake mushrooms, minted cous cous, grilled asparagus, pine nuts and golden raisin chutney from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. RSVP information here.

easter2Spring Basket Bonanza
From 10am to 3:30pm on April 4th, the day before Easter, visit The Phoenix Children’s Museum for their Spring Basket Bonanza where you are invited to come decorate your own basket to celebrate the season. The museum will provide a basket and an assortment of fun kid-friendly, spring-themed decorations. This event is $6 for members of the museum and $8 for non-members.

unnamed (11)On the Edge Gallery Spring into ArtWalk
On April 2th, before Easter, in the Scottsdale Arts District, join On the Edge Gallery to  connect with the gallery’s featured artists while enjoying gourmet springtime duck egg baked goods made by Quacker’s Cakes.  Quacker’s Cakes’ friendly pet duck Indigo will be at On The Edge Gallery during the ArtWalk sporting her “I Love Art” tee shirt. Watch the featured artists in action with live demonstrations and conversations about their various processes and techniques. You’ll see amazing art, beautiful spring colors, and a variety of media — pastels, mixed media, printmaking, and ink on paper.

unnamed (12)Easter Brunch at Arcadia Farms
Join Arcadia Farms on Easter Sunday for a casual celebration with family and friends. Enjoy a special Easter menu with new appetizers, entrées, and desserts, along with a selection of your Arcadia Farms favorites. Or for pick up select any of their sugar cookies,  24 Carrot Cake, seasonally decorated cupcakes from the marketplace at the farm. RSVP information here.

Southwest Gardener Spring Items
Hop into The Southwest Gardener for spring gardening essentials and Easters decorations. Including the Easter baskets shown. Other Easter themed items include doormats, festive candles, and a cute all-season iron rabbit statue.

 

easter1Duck & Decanter Easter Baskets
All Duck and Decanter locations will be closed on Easter Sunday but drop by the Camelback location of Duck and Decanter and pickup your pre-made Easter basket before Easter weekend! These pre-made baskets start at just $25. To place an order for a personalized basket stop by the Camelback location or call 602-274-5429.

easter3Easter Brunch at The Galdly
The Galdly invites you to join them for a a super hip & delicious brunch. There will be got live music from local musician Lee Perreira, sorbet mimosas, and their regular, scrumptious brunch menu. Make your reservations here.

 

easter4BARunch at The Vig locations
All locations of The Vig will be celebrating Easter with their BARunch event featuring half off bottles of wine, $4 Tito’s vodka drinks, $15 mimosa bar, and live music on Sunday. Reservations suggested, see their full website here.

 

easter5Tammie Coe Cakes Has Precious Easter Treats
Tammie Coe Cakes has morphed their famous sugar cookies for the springtime season, including the little bunnies and carrots pictured. These would be a sweet treat for any Easter basket.

 

phx public marketEaster Brunch at the Phoenix Public Market
The Cafe at the Phoenix Public Market will be open for Easter Sunday. You can view their menu here. Reservations recommended.

 

easter6St. Francis Open for Easter Brunch
St. Francis will be open on Easter Sunday, you can view their brunch menu here. Reservations recommended.

 

 


 Northern Arizona:

Indie Easter bunny and eggSedona’s Celebration of Spring
The city of Sedona is celebrating spring with more than just an egg hunt, its much more! On April 4th, starting at 9am enjoy this family-friendly event held at Posse Grounds Park in Sedona. There is a $5 admission fee for children 12 and younger. Included with this fee is a lot of fun such as inflatable toys for kids, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, carnival rides, duck races and much more. The official egg hunt will begin at 10 a.m. for children 8 years of age and younger. You can see full information here.

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4 Ways to Go Local This Easter

4 Ways to Go Local for Easter

Make the most your Easter and interact with your local community by partaking in great food, fun events, and good deals this Easter season.
By shopping locally you can guarantee your family’s successful Easter while supporting successful local economic growth!

1. Choose a local restaurant for Easter brunch.
Lucky you, we already created a list of all the local happenings around Arizona- including brunch specials- right here on at the blog at Local Easter Happenings Around Arizona. Reservations strongly advised! You can also check out the local restaurant directory if you are seeking a particular kind of food! (Did someone say Easter barbecue?)

2. Pick out your Easter outfit at a local apparel store.
Going local for your Easter outfit means its less likely someone is going to be wearing the same thing. But even if you do match, you’ll both look great in local threads that return more to community. Search for children’s stores, for women’s stores, and men’s stores on the local business directory.

Unique Easter sweets aplenty- like this masterpiece from Super Chunk!
Unique Easter sweets aplenty- similar to this masterpiece from Super Chunk!

3. Fill Easter eggs with candy from a local store.
With over 30 online and store-front local candy and sweets shops to choose from, it could pretty easily be an ostrich egg. No need to stick with the traditional chocolate rabbits either: there is gourmet popcorn, single-source chocolate, and cake pops to satisfy any sweet-tooth.

4. And finally, head to the farmer’s market for making Easter dinner.
We have complied those for you in the directory here. Whether you choose rabbit greens or local meats, a fresh meal with the ones you love is a great way to end your relaxing Easter Sunday.

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A Passover Tradition

Passover is a time for the Jewish community to come together and remember the trials and triumphs their predecessors encountered. Chompie’s invites the entire community to learn more about the holiday and to celebrate Passover. This New York style delicatessen, restaurant, bagel factory, bakery, and caterer has served the Valley since 1979.  Owners the Borenstein family have celebrated the tradition of Passover in their Chompies-Matzo-Ball-Soup-W-410x273families for generations, and this year marks the 27th year they have opened their doors to serve traditional Passover dinners at their restaurant. Passover dinner will be served on Friday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 4th from 5 p.m. to close; and to-go dinners, holiday cakes and desserts, as well as Passover bagels are available during all eight nights of Passover, April 3-11, 2015. Traditional, dine-in Passover meals are available at the Chompie’s Paradise Valley Mall, Chandler and Scottsdale locations. At Chompie’s Tempe location, the regular dining menu, which features Passover-friendly dishes, will be available, and to-go meals, as well as Passover-related baked goods will be available at all four of Chompie’s valley locations. For more information, click here.

Written by Somlynn Rorie

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Technicians for Sustainability

technicians for Sustainability logoFor many, the concept of sustainability places most of its focus on the environment. In actuality, it encompasses much more than being good to the planet, from social equity to economic sustainability to creating a product or service that benefits the community. Technicians for Sustainability is a Tucson solar installation company that engages in many different facets of sustainability, which I found out with a visit to their workplace.

I was excited to venture out of Phoenix and conduct my first interview with a locally owned business. As I approached Technicians for Sustainability’s office, I noticed a lack of vehicles at a place where there was at least 7-10 employees inside. Their building feels more like a home than an office where the company’s employees buzzed with greetings and productive conversation. In the back of the house the installers were hard at work collecting their tools and items for the day’s work,  popping in and out to greet those in the office. It was obvious to me that this was a place that people liked to be, from the employees to the owners to the installers.

TFS CollageTechnicians for Sustainability’s mission is multi-faceted. As a for profit business, they sell and install high-quality, clean, solar electric and solar hot water systems that are built to last. They have an intriguing sales model, as they do not try to sell their product but instead take much more value in educating potential customers and youth about the benefits of solar energy. One of their programs has their employees travel to local schools, from preschool to college, to engage students in hands-on projects displaying how solar power can positively impact daily life in all aspects from environmental improvements to economic improvements.

The education process doesn’t stop at educating students though. TFS’ owners Nicole and Kevin Koch pursue an education for their staff as well. While they see value in staff bonding events, they want to give more to their staff than awards and fun. They practice open-book management, meaning any of their employees are welcome to learn more about the financials of the business. This not only provides transparency between owners and employees, but teaches the employees financial literacy.

They also focus on creating a vibrant corporate culture with their employees in the fore front. Their hiring process is primarily grassroots, as they hire on recommendation and are drawn to people who have an interest in social sustainability. TFS encourages alternative transportation among their staff by encouraging their team to commute via bicycle. I heard a plethora of biking stories including a staff member who lost a significant amount of weight and an employee who sold her car and began riding her bike 5-7 miles a day, not due to pressure but due to an adoption of culture that exists within the company.

TFS also practices environmental Bike Installsustainability in the traditional sense. When working on an installation, they use modified electric bikes to get solar panels to work sites throughout the city. For locations that are too far for electric bike, they use electric cars and hybrids, along with  fuel efficient trucks for more arduous trips. They recycle glass, paper, plastics and a large number of wooden pallets used for solar panel shipping. The pallets get reused by a local furniture store that transforms them into home furnishings.

As I left Tucson, I pondered the choice of Technicians for Sustainability as the company’s name. Certainly they could incorporate the word “solar” or “alternative energies” in there somewhere. After sitting down with this incredible group, I understand why. Solar power installation is a service and a product, yet this company is at the helm of something much greater. They exude sustainability in all they do, from education to company transparency to being a certified B Corporation to coming up with outside-the-box methods to provide a fun and eco-minded culture. Technicians for Sustainability is a fantastic example of what can be done by incorporating sustainability into your business on a variety of levels.

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Welcome To The Team Cara!

Local First Arizona is so excited to welcome Cara Corbinmeyer to the northern Arizona office as the new Northern Arizona Membership Coordinator.

Cara is a native Arkansan and has been advocating for sustainable food systems and clean 20150325_105731energy policies at the local, state, and federal levels for the past ten years. Cara was a Technical Specialist at the Institute for Sustainable Energy Solutions where she led policy research and analysis for Northern Arizona University’s engagement in the Four Corners Wind Resource Center. Cara has a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Arkansas and a M.A. in Sustainable Communities from Northern Arizona University. She is a dedicated gardener and composter.

Cara believes strongly in the Local Movement and the need to give back to her community. She looks forward to the opportunity to work with the wonderful people in the northern Arizona region. Please feel free to reach out to Cara anytime if you have questions at cara@localfirstaz.com.

Get to know Cara… here are some fun facts about our new northern Arizona membership Coordinator!

1) I have two sisters and we all live in different states (AZ, TX, and PA).

2) I have no tattoos although my step dad is a tattoo artist.

3) I grew up in another “A” state (Arkansas).20150325_105828

4) I am always hungry and love to cook and eat.

5) Reading is one of my hobbies and I just joined my first book club.

6) I can’t stand horror movies.

7) I do love going to the movies with my kids and just took them to see Cinderella.

 

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An Evening In The Garden

This is a Northern Arizona March mixer recap

Local First Arizona members started the spring season off surrounded by flowers at our photo 1March mixer hosted by the fantastic team of Watters Garden Center. The March mixer for Northern Arizona was Local First Arizona’s largest mixer to date. Over seventy people came together to celebrate supporting local businesses. Prescott members and friends from around the region sipped on Granite Mountain Brewery’s delicious local beer while enjoying a taste of their new menu including barbequed pork sandwiches, cole slaw, brownies and more.

Watters Garden Center gave attendees violas in every color of the rainbow. Ken Lain, owner, gave a rousing speech on the importance of shopping with locally owned businesses and nurturing the relationships that are a part of shopping with folks you know. Thirteen exciting prizes were donated by local business owners and given away. Mixer attendees walked away with wine, window cleanings, tote bags, gift certificates, and more.

photo 2We had the opportunity to introduce and welcome our new northern Arizona Membership Coordinator Cara Corbinmeyer. We also were able to discuss upcoming events such as the launch of the Localist program in northern Arizona as well as the BALLE Conference, being held in Phoenix this June. Our next northern Arizona mixer will be held at THAT Brewery in Cottonwood on April 8th from 5Pm-7PM. Join us for more fun and mingling by making your RSVP here.

Check out who was there!

 

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EZBZ & Local First AZ Announce Partnership to Empower Local Businesses

EZBZ headerOnline Marketplace Will Help Local Businesses Grow their Customer Base.

EZBZ, Inc., a virtual lifestyle portal offering consumers unfettered access to the broad marketplace of local service providers in a transparent way, today announced its partnership with Local First Arizona (LFA), the largest alliance of independent businesses in the country. EZBZ has created an online sub-marketplace where users can create inquiries and send them directly to businesses that carry the Local First Arizona badge, which acts as a seal of approval, that they trust and would like to support.

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“The EZBZ and Local First Arizona joint venture combines EZBZ’s innovative marketplace and bidding technology with Local First Arizona’s local power to reach almost 3,000 Arizona-based businesses that promote responsible and sustainable business practices.
EZBZ and Local First Arizona share the same vision of empowering local businesses by working to promote fairer online practices. Through our partnership with Local First Arizona, EZBZ will strengthen the businesses within the LFA network by helping them to transact online, thereby significantly growing their customer base,” said Shana Schlossberg, Founder and CEO of EZBZ.

Launched in 2011, EZBZ currently enables more than half a million businesses across the USA to acquire new business daily. EZBZ strives to move the market away from unfair pay-to-play paradigms that dominate online commerce. By awarding badges to local, accredited businesses based on their practices, EZBZ enables consumers to hire contractors and service providers and purchase goods based on shared values rather than Google rankings.

“When a consumer chooses a local business over a national chain, up to four times more money stays and recirculates in the local economy. Our partnership with EZBZ will help connect Arizonans with local businesses in a quick and easy way, offering value to our members and keeping dollars in the local economy. It’s a win-win for everyone,” said Kimber Lanning, Director of Local First Arizona.

While Local First Arizona offers day-to-day support to local businesses and works to shape policy in Arizona, EZBZ offers the only technology that levels the playing field and allows small local businesses to succeed in the digital space without investing large amounts of money. With EZBZ, local businesses can compete with large corporations even if they do not have a website, Google ranking or advertising budget. Accredited, reputable businesses are automatically offered the opportunity to bid on consumers’ needs using the EZBZ platform, which is available via web, smart devices and iTunes and Android apps.

The EZBZ sub-marketplace, which is now live, can be accessed via http://localfirstaz.com/myezbz/.

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Get Going, Get Growing in Ajo

1001292_679458095401899_321429668_nGet Going, Get Growing in Ajo!

Get Going, Get Growing (also known as 4G) is a community initiative of the International Sonoran Desert Alliance that has already resulted in a great benefit to the Ajo community. Over the last three years, the 4G program has significantly increased the community’s resiliency and self-reliance by improving access to food, and it has graduated 20 interns mentored on all aspects of gardening and small scale food production.

[To support the program’s current fundraising campaign click here.]

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