Local First produces INsight for entrepreneurs
Local First’s INsight Conference is back.
The 2014 INsight Conference, hosted by the Grand Rapids-based nonprofit, was such a hit that Local First is bringing it back for another year.
The second-annual event will be this Wednesday, from noon to 6:30 p.m., in Grand Rapids at the BISSELL Tree House at John Ball Zoo, at 1300 Fulton W.
Registration for the conference will run from noon to 12:45 p.m., with programming from 1-5 p.m. and a cocktail reception from 5-6:30 p.m.
The event is a forum for entrepreneurs to have candid conversations about business and leadership.
The INsight Conference will feature local business owners offering interviews and case studies about how to build community-engaged businesses and how to increase employee engagement and incentivize green practices.
The event will feature several speakers: Tami Vandenberg, owner of The Pyramid Scheme and The Meanwhile Bar; Heather VanDyke, owner of Bear Manor Properties and Harmony Brewing Co.; and Ryan Knapp and Trevor Corlett of Madcap Coffee.
“Owning a local business is deeply intimate and personal, and at INsight, I felt surrounded in this community of people who understood my experience and let me know that this is part of the journey,” said Anissa Eddie, co-owner, Malamiah Juice Bar, who served as a case study at least year’s event.
"We also gained valuable resource connections and built relationships.”
Tickets for the INsight Conference are $30 for students, $75 for Local First members and $85 for non-members.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance online.