Items Tagged with 'Local First'


Partners hosting Meet the Buyers

March 11, 2019
The city of Grand Rapids and several partners are working to connect with new, diverse and local businesses at a Meet the Buyers open house this week. Read More

Local First hosting lakeshore annual meeting

February 4, 2019
A nonprofit focused on local businesses is hosting an annual meeting this week for its lakeshore clients. Read More

Local First producing Fork Fest

October 24, 2018
More than 30 local food and beverage vendors will be on hand at a food festival in town this week. Read More

How to build a purpose-led business

October 8, 2018
Purpose-led businesses are popping up all over Michigan. There are now 19 B Corps and about 100 businesses that have become Good for Michigan. Around the world, there are more than 2,600 B Corps that have incorporated their values into their businesses and made it their mission to make a positive impact on people and the environment. Read More

Local First takes program statewide

Good for Michigan will aim to help more businesses measure impact, commit to triple bottom line.

October 5, 2018
Local First is taking its year-old Good for Grand Rapids program statewide to help more businesses measure and improve their social, environmental and economic impact. Read More

It takes a community to cultivate a culture of local first

July 31, 2018
When I graduated from college, it wasn’t uncommon for my friends to pick a place on a map and move across the country to find jobs. Over a decade later, Grand Rapids has become a bright spot on the map where people from all over the country want to move. Read More

Parlaying a bevy of ‘firsts’

Local First marks 15 years with more than 800 member businesses in eight West Michigan counties.

July 27, 2018
Local First’s mission can be summed up in its name. Read More

Minority business development receives a boost

GR’s Economic Development Corporation approves two agreements totaling $130,000.

July 27, 2018
The city of Grand Rapids’ Economic Development Corporation recently approved two agreements to help boost minority business development in the greater Grand Rapids area. Read More

Local First names winner of Local Legacy Award

February 26, 2018
An economic development organization has honored an artist for his local impact. Read More

Local First honoring Good for Grand Rapids winners

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