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Kimber Lanning

Local First Arizona execs headed to New York for conference on local economies

At next week’s BALLE conference, Local First Arizona Director Kimber Lanning will present two workshops. Her first, titled “Local First Groups Up: Localizing Procurement by Governments and Anchor Institutions,” will explore what it takes to encourage local governments to adopt a local ...

Tempe Mayor Mitchell leads by cultivating strengths of others

Mitchell's desire to unite people on behalf of his hometown and state is seen as genuine because he does not angle for credit for any achievements, said Kimber Lanning. Lanning and Mitchell celebrated the launch this week of a partnership between her small-business group, Local ...

Local boutiques find a niche at Biltmore

"I think it's just an absolute fantastic idea to carve out a large space for several smaller businesses," said Kimber Lanning, executive director of Local First Arizona, a Phoenix-based non-profit representing small businesses. "We're starting to see these types of projects in adaptive ...

Phoenix chamber names Athena Award winners

Valley Leadership’s Christy Moore, Local First Arizona’s Kimber Lanning and Kolbe Corp.’s Kathy Kolbe were named today as this year’s Athena Award winners. The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce hosted its 26th annual Athena awards luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa to ...

Valley Metro giving preference to local contract bidders

“Valley Metro’s commitment to building a stronger economy here is admirable,” said Local First Arizona executive director Kimber Lanning. Local First advocates for consumers, businesses and procurement officer to buy from hometown and locally based companies. “The money they spend with ...

Local First Arizona event to bring 'but local' message to Hispanic community

Kimber Lanning, founder of Local First Arizona, said the Spanish-speaking community plays a large role in the health of the economy in the Phoenix region and the state of Arizona. “It is important that we engage them in the conversation about buying locally and keeping our dollars in ...

Most small businesses saw revenue growth in 2012, but familiar challenges remain

Kimber Lanning, the group’s founder, told the Phoenix Business Journal late last year that competition from online business will continue to be a challenge for Arizona’s independent businesses. Practices such as “showrooming,” where customers visit a physical store to examine products ...

Phoenix jobseekers get a new tool to facilitate finding jobs near home

Community leaders included Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona, Tony Felice of .the Greater Phoenix Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Kerywn Brown of the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce, and many others. Newly-elected Mayor Greg Stanton congratulated the company via video. ...

Photos: The mouth-watering dishes of the Devoured food festival and the chefs who made them

“Phoenix continues to emerge as a culinary destination and Devoured is an excellent reflection of the talented chefs and restaurants that exist locally,” said Kimber Lanning, founder and executive director of Local First Arizona Foundation and Devour Phoenix, in a statement. Devour ...

Annual Independents Week kicks off this weekend

“Independents Week is especially important in Arizona during the slow summer months for many of our local business owners,” said Kimber Lanning, Local First Arizona director. “When we spend our dollars at local businesses, up to four times more money stays and circulates in the local ...

Local First Arizona’s Kimber Lanning to speak at ASU / Institute News / Global Institute of Sustai...

The Upside of a Down Economy: Buying Locally Kimber Lanning’s lecture, “The Upside of a Down Economy: Buying Locally,” was so popular the last time, Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability decided to welcome her back for the second time in April. As founder of Local ...

ASU gets down to Earth in April

The Institute is also organizing Sustainability Series discussions with Local First Arizona’s Kimber Lanning and ASU’s Morrison Institute co-founder Richard Morrison. Several film screenings are part of Earth Month 2013. Narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones...

Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg keynote speaker at ASU launch event

When Kimber Lanning opened Stinkweeds record store in 1987, she just wanted to make her little corner of Tempe cooler. “Bands were skipping Phoenix at the time,” Lanning said. “I wanted to do something about it.” Lanning was comfortable with the flexibility required of an ...

It Ain't All Duck Dynasty Out Here | Anthony Flaccavento

According to Kimber Lanning, a small business owner and Local First's Director: Here in Arizona we have an incredibly diverse population that is being misled by the extreme right, but I think the momentum we have against this legislation is unprecedented. Large and small, local and ...

Arizona Livescan Submits Proposal for AZ DPS Electronic Fingerprinting Services

As Director Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona stressed, “It is important for the state to understand the added value of the money spent by local companies who win such contracts. When a local company receives this work, they hire local accountants, local attorneys, local graphic ...

One Community Announces Multicultural Business Advisory Board

... Insurance Kimber Lanning – Executive Director, Local First Arizona Maribel Barrios – Senior Manager Multicultural Community Relations, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona ONE Community is an interactive web and events community for gay, lesbian, and allied individuals and businesses...

ASU to host first GreenBiz U Forum

GreenBiz U will welcome additional speakers like Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of waste recycling company TerraCycle; John Malian, a sustainability engineer for CISCO; Kimber Lanning, founder and executive director of Local First Arizona; Courtney Klein, co-founder and CEO of SEED SPOT; and ...

Local First Arizona launches mobile app to highlight local ...

Local First Arizona launches mobile app to highlight local businesses close to light rail ... displays a listing of local restaurants, retail stores and entertainment venues within a half mile of each light rail stop, said Kimber Lanning ...

Local First Arizona to Celebrate Arizona’s Independent Business

“Independence Day is a time for us to reflect on what makes our state and country great,” says Kimber Lanning, Director of Local First Arizona. “Arizona’s independent business community is the backbone of our local economy and the driving force behind what makes us proud to call Arizona ...

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