EZBZ, Inc. a virtual lifestyle portal offering consumers unfettered access to the broad marketplace of local service providers in a transparent way, has announced its partnership with Local First Arizona (LFA), the largest alliance of independent businesses in the country. EZBZ has created an online sub-marketplace where users can create inquiries and send them directly to businesses that carry the Local First Arizona badge, which acts as a seal of approval, that they trust and would like to support.
The EZBZ and Local First Arizona joint venture combines EZBZ’s innovative marketplace and bidding technology with Local First Arizona’s local power to reach almost 3,000 Arizona-based businesses that promote responsible and sustainable business practices.
“EZBZ and Local First Arizona share the same vision of empowering local businesses by working to promote fairer online practices. Through our partnership with Local First Arizona, EZBZ will strengthen the businesses within the LFA network by helping them to transact online, thereby significantly growing their customer base,” said Shana Schlossberg, founder and CEO of EZBZ.
Launched in 2011, EZBZ currently enables more than half a million businesses across the U.S.A. to acquire new business daily. EZBZ strives to move the market away from unfair pay-to-play paradigms that dominate online commerce. By awarding badges to local, accredited businesses based on their practices, EZBZ enables consumers to hire contractors and service providers and purchase goods based on shared values rather than Google rankings.
“When a consumer chooses a local business over a national chain, up to four times more money stays and recirculates in the local economy. Our partnership with EZBZ will help connect Arizonans with local businesses in a quick and easy way, offering value to our members and keeping dollars in the local economy. It’s a win-win for everyone,” said Kimber Lanning, director of Local First Arizona.
While Local First Arizona offers day-to-day support to local businesses and works to shape policy in Arizona, EZBZ offers the only technology that levels the playing field and allows small local businesses to succeed in the digital space without investing large amounts of money. With EZBZ, local businesses can compete with large corporations even if they do not have a website, search ranking or advertising budget. Accredited, reputable businesses are automatically offered the opportunity to bid on consumers’ needs using the EZBZ platform, which is available via Web, smart devices and iTunes and Android apps.