Local First Arizona is a non profit organization in Arizona oriented to promoting local, independent businesses as a preferred alternative to chain stores. The non-profit utilizes things like festivals, wine tastings, art walks and other community activities to help businesses get their name in front of people.
The group is working on producing items like community guides and maps to also help foster the effort. Shopping at local merchants puts more money into the local economy as compared to shopping at chains.
For more information about this non-profit and how to get involved visit their website.