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Independents Week – Save 20% at AZ Businesses

 

“Save 20% at your favorite local businesses during Independents Week, June 30 – July 8.

Independents Week is Arizona’s only week-long celebration of local businesses that lets you save money while shopping local.

HOW IT WORKS

Step 1: Get Your Golden Coupon
Visit any Local First Arizona office or most hot spots around town to pick up a Golden Coupon or download the digital version.

Step 2: Find Participating Businesses
Check out the list of participating businesses to see who’s accepting the Golden Coupon this year. Some restrictions may apply, but not many.

Step 3: Save 20%
Between June 30-July 8, use your Golden Coupon to save 20% at hundreds of local businesses across the state!

Get your Golden Coupon and find participating businesses at: https://localfirstaz.com/independents-week

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Go “local” during National Independents Week (June 25 to July 4)

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INDEPENDENTS WEEK

CELEBRATING THE 11TH ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL INDEPENDENTS WEEK, 6/25 – 7/4/2016!

“During this week, we encourage you to “go local” by supporting as many locally owned businesses as possible. Join the thousands of consumers and hundreds of businesses who participate in this statewide celebration of the local and independent businesses that are the backbone of the Arizona economy.”

As usual, download the 20% off Golden Coupon and go online for long list of participating businesses (scroll down to Oro Valley or Tucson of whatever city you wish to visit or shop in):

http://www.localfirstaz.com/directory/golden-coupon.php

I picked up my actual Golden Coupon at Bookman’s Sports Exchange on Speedway.  Now just to decide which business to choose from during Independents Week….

Shop local for National Independents Week

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CELEBRATING THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL INDEPENDENTS WEEK, 6/27 – 7/5/2015! (from their FB page)

During this week, we encourage you to “go local” by supporting as many locally owned businesses as possible. Join the thousands of consumers and hundreds of businesses who participate in this statewide celebration of the local and independent businesses that are the backbone of the Arizona economy.

During Independents Week, grab your Golden Coupon to save 20% at hundreds of local businesses all week long! Get your Golden Coupon and find a full list of participating businesses here: http://localfirstaz.com/independents-week/

#IndieWeekAZ

Carolyn’s Note: I’ve happily used that Golden Coupon to save off to 20% at a local shop or restaurant, over these past 10 years. It’s easy to download and use. This long list is alphabetical at first by city in Arizona, so scroll down to Tucson, then it’s alphabetical by business name.

Enjoy this Independents Week, including the 4th of July.

Ducey’s “incremental” pursuit of Brownback’s policy is still a load of hooey

Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com

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Kimber Lanning, founder and executive director of Local First Arizona, delivered a fairly thorough smackdown to Robert Robb’s AZ Republic column whining that the Buy Local movement is a bunch of hooey.

Republic columnist Robert Robb is tired of hearing about the “buy local” movement and would like Arizonans to turn a blind eye to the economy and simply shop wherever they feel most satisfied. (“Shop where you want, guilt-free,” Dec. 19)

He claims the local movement is “hooey,” yet unabashedly has no statistics to back this. He just wants you, dear citizens, to throw the concept out the window.

In his article, Robb questions the countless economic studies released since 2002 but does not offer any substantive reasons for the questioning. Instead of following Robb’s simplistic calculations, let’s turn to the professional economists who back these studies, which have all concluded that an average of $30 more out of every $100 spent will stay in the local economy when money is spent with a local company versus a non-local corporate entity.

A Civic Economics study from 2007 showed the state of Arizona’s then-$5 million contract with OfficeMax was causing the state to lose $500,000 per year in economic leakage.

Definitely read the whole op-ed, since Lanning makes a solid case, bolstered with plenty of stats, for choosing local merchants over national chains whenever possible. I especially appreciated her calling out Robb for tossing out a context-free bit of frippery – “economies of scale” – to make himself look so very chin-stroking and serious. Continue reading

Buy Local Month for the holidays

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‘Tis the season to shop local! This holiday season, make an impact with your holiday shopping by supporting local businesses! You’ll find unique gifts for your loved ones and keep money in the local economy to build vibrant communities we’re proud to call home.

Visit http://localfirstaz.com/buy-local/ to find local deals, events, and more.

Join us in helping to spread the word about the importance of shopping locally for the holidays!

So I guess that means to avoid those large corporate chain stores like Walmart, KMart, etc. and try to help the local small businesses in town by shopping & eating there. Black Friday (the big shopping day after Thanksgiving) is almost upon us, so get ready to shop local!

Enjoy the upcoming holidays in November and December.