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I (Abbie, that is) am a graduate of Scottsdale Leadership and currently serve on the organization’s advisory board. Each year, during Arizona Restaurant Week, Leadership coordinates a gathering of alumni for a dinner at one of the locally owned restaurants and brings in a guest speaker. This year we were honored to have Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona as our speaker.

I’ve met Kimber on a few occasions but hadn’t had the opportunity to hear her speak. Her passion and commitment for Arizona’s local business community is contagious. She shared some interesting information about the long-term economic benefits of investing locally:

  • For every $100 spent in a locally owned business, $45 is re-invested in the state’s economy paying for things such as public safety, parks and libraries.
  • When you shop locally owned businesses, your money is re-circulated over and over and creates up to 75 percent more tax revenue to our community and state.
  • Independent businesses raise the standard of living in our community because they take their profits and buy products and services from other local businesses, thus creating more and more tax revenues needed for the community to thrive.
  • Independent businesses are unique enterprises that contribute to the character of our community by offering more diverse selections of goods and services.

The organization just launched a new program called Shift Arizona that suggests that you make a small shift (10 percent) of your spending habits to a locally owned business. A similar program in western Michigan created nearly $140 million in new economic activity, added more than 1,600 new jobs to the area and provided more than $50 million in new wages.

I am going to give it a try, how about you?

Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
Vice President/General Manager Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see. Check out Abbie's full bio

1 Comment

  1. Mike Cassidy says:

    What a profound program. Excellent! Count me in. Any Arizona citizen should commit to this, the projected impact is fantastic.

    Many thanks Abbie and Team HMA for sharing. Let’s spread the word!

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