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Local First produces INsight for entrepreneurs

March 23, 2015
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Local First produces INsight for entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs gather to have “candid conversations” on business at Local First’s INsight Conference. Courtesy Local First/Tiberius Images

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.

Entrepreneur “community”

“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

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