Local First Arkansas (LFAR) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and supporting an alliance of locally owned, independent businesses. Member organizations will benefit from “buy local” and “eat local” campaigns, which will focus on educating the public about the many great reasons to “think local first” when making purchasing decisions.

Locally owned, independent businesses are often the key to a vibrant local economy, and create a unique sense of place. These businesses—owned by our friends and neighbors—are a source of civic pride, which also foster a sense of community, create wealth, support charities, and form a training ground for future generations of entrepreneurs.

Locally owned, small businesses need our support, because they face unprecedented competition from large chain box stores, internet merchants, and franchises. By banding together for marketing and educational purposes, local businesses CAN compete.



Pat Riley
Catalyst & Advisory Board Member
Former owner of the Little Rock Athletic Club


Susie Cowan
LFAR Director
Founder/Director of Legends of Arkansas

BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Paul Prater
Chair of the Board of Directors
Attorney at Paul Prater Law Firm and Performing artist


Kaitlin Schmidt
Secretary
Owner/Publisher of Local. Magazine


Jennifer Shelton
Treasurer
Education, Outreach, & Diversity Director for Arkansas Economic Development Commission


Shelley Green
Sustainability Ambassador
Owner - Green Corner Store


Nicholas Norfolk
Social Media Maestro
Owner - CDots Media


David Shindler
Local Business Enthusiast
Executive Vice President at IBERIABANK


Max Sprinkle
Local Business Enthusiast
Attorney at Sprinkle Law Firm

ADVISORY BOARD

Pat Riley(Former owner of LRAC)
Shelley Green(Owner The Green Corner Store)
Jack Sundell(Owner at The Root Cafe)
Bo Bennett(Food Aggregator at Little Rock Tomato)


REASON TO BUY LOCAL, EAT LOCAL, GO LOCAL: CREATE A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT!

Independent, community-serving businesses are people-sized. They typically consume less land, carry more locally-made products, locate closer to residents and create less traffic and air pollution. More on this topic: Buying Green Means Buying Local. LOWER TAXES! More efficient land use and more central locations mean local businesses put less demand on our roads, sewers, and safety services. They also generate more tax revenue per sales dollar. The bottom line: a greater percentage of local independent businesses keeps your taxes lower.

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