Items Tagged with 'Local First'


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

Local First hosting annual meeting

January 17, 2018
The Local First Annual Meeting will take place downtown next week. Read More

Celebrating business as a force for good

December 29, 2017
Every year, we celebrate businesses that are doing great things for our local communities and economy through our LocalMotion Awards. This year, we are excited to share some changes to the LocalMotion Awards that will allow us to recognize the growing number of companies and entrepreneurs across West Michigan that are using their businesses as a force for good. Read More

Printer earns B Corp certification

December 8, 2017
A West Side printing and communications company has been recognized for its social and environmental practices. Read More

'Small Giants' author speaking in Grand Rapids

November 2, 2017
A notable business author will speak in Grand Rapids next week. Read More

Local First producing workshops on 'impact investing'

October 27, 2017
Two “impact investing” experts from Boston will lead two free workshops in Grand Rapids on Monday. Read More