Teresa Ornelas talks about her experience growing Great Impact, a promotional products company. See and share her tips on staffing, customer service, product quality and working with the SRP Business Resource Center. See more expert advice
Ken Colburn, Data Doctors, discusses his experience helping small businesses, hosting workshops on social media and data security, and fostering a sense of community in the local economy. See more expert advice
Eileen Spitalny, Fairytale Brownies, shares her tips on expanding her business, advocating local business and utilizing SRP's Business Resource Center. See and share her story below. See more expert advice
Empowering local businesses When I started Local First Arizona (LFA), I wanted to be a voice for independent business owners like myself who were struggling to compete because we didn't have a level playing field. I'm also a small business owner, and in that capacity I was watching way too many bright, young people leave Arizona. I really wanted to explore that, and I had a hunch that local businesses played a key role. At the time, there was this sort of burgeoning underground culture. I thought that if we could just connect to all of that, people would in turn feel more rooted here the way I do and maybe that would lead them to stay ...