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Updated Jul 14, 2014 - 11:50 am

What's it like to be in charge of multiple small businesses?

If you're a small, one of a kind business owner, you may feel as if you're up against a barrier the size of Mr. Everest.

How can you compete against the big chains, the big stores, the big money. At one time or another, just about everyone has gone through it. But in our state, there's a thriving organization called Local First Arizona.

It's made up of over 2,500 members. They are local business people who are not shortsighted isolationists, just folks in neighborhoods like yours who don't want the national retailers to go away, they just want you to think Local First.

Kimber Lanning is the founder and executive director and spends each day celebrating the economic advantages of buying Arizona.

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He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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