Local First Arizona & Connect Coworking: Mixing Localism, Networking & Tucson’s Future

On Wednesday, August 6th, Connect Coworking hosted a mixer in collaboration with Local First Arizona, an organization that has been at the forefront of localism in Arizona and Tucson for more than ten years. The philosophies behind both Connect Coworking and Local First Arizona couldn’t be more in sync, as each share the same goal to build bridges between local businesses to communicate, collaborate and change Tucson and Arizona for the better.


When it was founded in 2003, Local First Arizona set its first goal to level the playing field for locally owned businesses in the Phoenix area, and provide an organization to better link these business owners together. It has since expanded state-wide, and boasts a membership of more than 2500, only growing by the day.

Local First Arizona’s Tucson Membership Coordinator Erika Mitnik-White emceed Wednesday’s mixer on Connect Coworking’s balcony space above the Historical Rialto Theatre Building, and introduced current and soon-to-be members, many of whom found the event helpful in linking faces with names and respective businesses.


Miguel Ortega, who represents Sprocket Communications and has previously worked at the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, remarked that even though he had casually known some of those attending the mixer for years, and was familiar with the current organizations they worked for, the mixer was key in connecting the two together.

Catering for the Local First Arizona mixer was provided by Connect Coworking member John Vigilant’s Chef Police Catering.


Non-members of Local First Arizona are encouraged to attend its mixers, as are non-members of Connect Coworking, which frequently hosts networking events open to the public. Connect provides entrepreneurs, small businesses and freelancers an experience beyond that of just a renting a desk, or providing a roof. Connect is a place where cutting-edge minds and innovative technology call home; a place where collaboration breeds success, community and change.

For more information about how to join Local First Arizona, contact Tucson Membership Coordinator Erika Mitnik-White at 520.628.2724, or Erika@LocalFirstAZ.com. To learn about all the exciting, innovative activities at Connect Coworking, contact Community Director Stephanie Bermudez at Stephanie@connectcoworking.com or at 520.333.5754.


Local businesses represented at the August 6th Local First Arizona mixer included:

A&E Recycled Granite L. L. C., Anchorwave, Arizona Beds, Arizona Imprintables, Barbara McNichol Editorial, BEssential Website Design & SEO, Bookmans, Business Barter Xchange, Centra Realty, Chef Police, Community Renaissance, D&D Pinball-Owner & Realtor, Develup, Emily International, Fed by Threads, Fermented Tea Company, GIO Taco, Goodmans Interior Structures, Green Living Magazine, HomeSmart Advantage Group, HomeStyle Galleries, Hotel Congress and Maynard’s Market & Kitchen, Injected Media, International Studies Association, Intestinal Health Institute, Jeff Harman Astrological Consulting, Jennifer Mead Creative, Julie Originals, LifeDonor USA Foundation, Lifestyle Hearing Solutions, Lovitt & Touche, Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue, MJGrushka Consulting, Ms. Green’s World, Originate, Poppy Kitchen, Premier Design, Pure Hart, Retrotrek, Right touch massage therapy, Rocking The Body, Sage Payment Solutions, SCORE Southern Arizona, Sky’s Sunlight, LLC, Southwest Solutions
Sprocket Communications, The Mobile Marketing Guy, The Royce CPA Firm, Tierra Antigua Realty, Todd’s Restaurant @ Ryan Field, Toostrong, Tucson RV Storage, Tucson Weekly, UA Presents, Uphill Pictures, Vantage West Credit Union, Wallace Physical Therapy, We Gotta Guy and Western Sky Communications.

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