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.
Local First Arkansas (LFAR) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and supporting an alliance of locally owned, independent businesses.
The casual encounters you enjoy at neighborhood–scale businesses and the public spaces around them build relationships and community cohesiveness. They’re the ultimate social networking sites!