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Local First honoring Good for Grand Rapids winners

February 23, 2018
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A local economic development nonprofit is celebrating a group of employers during an inaugural awards reception next month.

Local First announced the recipients of the inaugural 2018 Good for Grand Rapids Awards. They will be celebrated during a reception from 6-8 p.m. on March 8 at Lions & Rabbits, 1264 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss will share remarks during the event. 

“The Good for Grand Rapids Awards recognize businesses that have made a positive impact on their employees, our neighborhoods and the environment,” said Elissa Hillary, Local First president.  “We’re looking forward to lifting up all of the businesses that have joined Good for Grand Rapids over the last year. We encourage the entire community to come out to help us celebrate business as a force for good and learn more about these incredible businesses that have made a profound impact on our community.”

Launched in 2017, Good for Grand Rapids offers resources to 70 Grand Rapids companies that create “high-quality jobs, stronger communities and a healthier Great Lakes region.” Good for Grand Rapids businesses also include local B Corps.

To be recognized as Good for Grand Rapids, businesses are required to take the Quick Impact Assessment, or QIA, or the B Impact Assessment for B Corps, which measures dozens of best practices on employees, community and environmental impact. Businesses can use these assessments to compare to similar businesses nationally. 

Out of the 70 businesses that took the QIA, eight top-scoring businesses have been selected to receive the Good for Grand Rapids Awards.

Community members are invited to celebrate Good for Grand Rapids Award winners at the reception March 8.

Tickets are $35 for Local First members and $40 for non-members. The ticket price includes heavy appetizers from local restaurants and a cash bar. People can purchase tickets online.

Good for the Environment

Furniture City Creamery

Furniture City Creamery handcrafts from-scratch, gourmet ice cream and frozen treats from its storefront in East Hills. The company also offers full-service catering options for special events.

Furniture City Creamery is Good for Grand Rapids because of its commitment to creating thoughtfully engineered and delicious products while offering bar-none experiences befitting of the incredible community it calls home. Furniture City Creamery is proud to do business in a way that considers facets far beyond ‘“just the bottom line.’”

Community Automotive 

Community Automotive is an automotive repair and service company located on Fulton Street. Community Automotive was founded with a vision to enhance the surrounding neighborhood by providing auto repair services and making a positive impact on the environment. Community Automotive is “dedicated to excellence and integrity” and has “taken steps to make a positive environmental impact.”

Good for the Community

Hire for Hope

Hire for Hope is a “socially conscious” recruiting firm focused on hiring sales and operations professionals for West Michigan companies. Hire for Hope partners with a diverse client base and assists with finding top talent for permanent mid- to senior-level positions.

Hire for Hope has a philanthropic focus, donating 10 percent of its revenue to Safe Haven Ministries, a local nonprofit and domestic violence prevention agency located in West Michigan. A survivor of domestic violence, founder Ashley Ward gives back by helping women and children who need the same services that once helped her.

Celebration! Cinema

Celebration! Cinema hires individuals "who reflect the communities in which they operate and empowers them with the practice of business transparency and training on the art of celebrated service.”

Celebration! Cinema partners with film-related organizations, including DisArt, Mosaic Film Experience, Treetops Collective, Partners for a Racism-Free Community, WGVU and others. The company also offers Sensory Showtimes, or movies for individuals with disabilities.

Celebration! Cinema uses its space as a hub for community events and fundraisers, including hosting the annual Celebrated Service Award event, which celebrates businesses that make a positive impact in the community.

Good for Governance 

Wolverine Coil Spring 

For more than 70 years, Wolverine Coil Spring Co. has manufactured springs, coils, stampings and forms for the automotive, office furniture and other industries.

Wolverine Coil Spring Co. is committed to a positive work environment and community involvement and in recent years, has incorporated the triple-bottom line into its mission statement and bylaws.

Additionally, the company is committed to attracting and developing talent in West Michigan.

Glamour and Grit Floral 

Glamour and Grit Floral offers “beautiful, environmentally and socially conscious" floral design, indoor plants and more.

Glamour and Grit Floral is committed to reducing its carbon footprint by composting all flower clippings, using recycled glass vases and offering locally grown flowers and plants.

Good for Employees 

Lindo Mexico Restaurante Mexicano

Lindo Mexico serves food made with “high-quality ingredients,” “unique beverages,” live music and has a “commitment to supporting the community.”

Lindo Mexico is Good for Grand Rapids because it helps the community grow through employee investment, such as development training and opportunity for growth.  

Malamiah Juice Bar 

Malamiah Juice Bar is a family owned business that specializes in creating juices and smoothies.

The company is committed to creating nutritious products, while prioritizing sustainability and supporting local farmers.

Malamiah Juice Bar designs its employment framework to provide young people with work-based mentoring and leadership development. 

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