Phoenix Local Shops Offers Support, Exposure for Small Businesses

Online community combines social media, events and affordable rates for area companies
Phoenix Local Shops
Phoenix Local Shops
PHOENIX - Sept. 20, 2013 - PRLog -- For small businesses with limited budgets, finding cost-effective ways to promote their products and services can be one of the toughest challenges they face. Phoenix Local Shops (PLS) is a growing online community that allows area businesses to connect to potential clients through an interactive website, social media, low-cost membership fees and free networking events.

Founded in 2011 by local entrepreneur, Jeff Doehring, features area businesses by providing an easy to use online directory, engaging news content and advertising. The group's 900+ members meet bi-weekly at free networking events around the Valley and exchange information on Facebook. Free online listings are also available for non-members. To learn more, interested parties can call (480) 280-6709 or email

Two local companies have been part of PLS for over a year and highly recommend the online community and its networking events.  Petra Hansen of Phoenix-based FUNnecting, an event planning organization, says “I love this group. Jeff does a great job of connecting people and everyone is very friendly and helpful.” Adds Gia Heller, President of The Phoenix Business Experts:  “I can’t think of a better way to support the US economy than to encourage others to shop local. This is a great resource for small companies.”

According to Doehring, “I wanted to create an affordable way to help local businesses.  Many Chamber of Commerce memberships and other groups can be quite expensive to join. PLS gives people the chance to promote themselves online, build relationships with other companies and connect with potential customers both face to face and via social media.”

PLS memberships cost under $100 per year and include free banner advertising and additional marketing support including press releases and a blog “hook-up” for business updates. The networking events are held at participating restaurants around Phoenix and are posted on the site’s event calendar. Non-members are welcome to attend events for a limited time prior to joining.  

To learn more,, call (480) 280-6709 or email
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