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Local First names LocalMotion nominees — and one winner

January 14, 2015
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Bing Goei
Bing Goei. Courtesy Local First

Local First has named the nominees for this year’s LocalMotion Awards — and one winner before the event later this month.

Local First’s fifth-annual awards ceremony will be held in Grand Rapids on Jan. 27, from 5-8 p.m., at the Goei Center.

The awards recognize and celebrate local businesses and people making an impact on community sustainability, vibrancy and resiliency.

Guy Bazzani Local Legacy Award

Grand Rapids-based Local First said today that Bing Goei, the CEO of Eastern Floral and owner of the Goei Center, has been named this year’s winner of the Guy Bazzani Local Legacy Award.

The award honors a lifetime of achievement promoting locally owned businesses and sustainable business practices in West Michigan.

Goei joins a class of Local Legacy winners that includes Laurie Beard, Jaye Van Lenten, Amy Ruis and Rob McCarty.

"We are so grateful for everything that Bing has done in West Michigan," said Elissa Hillary, executive director, Local First. "From his investment in our region on both a personal and business level, to his leadership in advocating for minority and women-owned businesses, Bing is a leader who pushes us forward to address critical challenges in meaningful ways."

The nonprofit will name the other LocalMotion Award winners in several categories at the event: the Triple Bottom Line; Up and Coming Business; Longstanding Business; Mover and Shaker; Local Hero; and Change Agent.


Tickets for the event, which will feature a performance from River City Improv, are $40 and can be purchased online.

2015 LocalMotion Award nominees

616 Development

AL&S Solutions

Art of the Table

BBC Distributing

Bob Schulze

Brewery Vivant

Butch's Dry Dock

Clothing Matters

Coppercraft Distillery

Crane Dance Farm

David Lokker

Douglas Berg

Eastown Veterinary Clinic


Eighth Day Farm

Furniture City Creamery

Gazelle Sports

Girlfriend's Fit Club

Harvest Health

Hungerford Nichols CPA’s + Advisors

Jennifer Lotterman

Ken Freestone

Lemonjello's Coffee

Love's Ice Cream

Mike Hughes

New Holland Brewing Co.

Nightscape Studios

Nourish Organic Market


Pfeiffer Lincoln

Salt & Pepper Savory Grill and Pub

Scott VanderKooy

Simpatico Coffee

Sip Organic Juice Bar

Tami VandenBerg

Thad Cummings

The Green Well Gastro Pub

Washington Square Minit Mart

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