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Featherlight: Not Just a Website

Jul 27, 2021 10:15:00 AM / by Local First posted in Local Business, Business Resources

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Get to know Featherlight

Raise your hand if you're a small business owner or employee looking for a better way to run your subscription based website. Good news! There's a local way to create and revamp your website or ecommerce site - Featherlight! Learn more about this service from our Q&A with owner Tyler Doornbus. 

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Shop Local with LOCUS

Jul 9, 2021 10:30:00 AM / by Local First posted in Local Business, Business Resources

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Have you seen shopLOCUS.com yet? It's time to give it a whirl! LOCUS offers an e-commerce platform to find and support local, independent businesses. Your Local First team is a big fan and we hope you enjoy learning more about the people and the vision behind this awesome platform. Check out our Q&A with LOCUS owners Jill DeJonge and Eric Haslinger: 

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Second Annual Independents Week

Jun 22, 2021 9:15:00 AM / by Local First

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Independents Week is back! Celebrate our local, independent businesses with Local First the week of June 28th to July 4th.  

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Juneteenth

Jun 18, 2021 9:15:00 AM / by Hanna Schulze

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Each year, people across the country and the globe celebrate holidays that hold special significance. Some are religious, some commemorate lost lives, some celebrate historical dates of significance.

Many of these major holidays and days of observance impact our economy in one way or another, with businesses closing to give staff the day off, or ramping up to sell merchandise. Few of these holidays, however, have as close a tie to our economic history and our country’s people as Juneteenth.

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The Future of Work

Jun 9, 2021 9:30:00 AM / by Local First posted in Local Business, Business Resources

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Thank you for joining Local First for the second of four Rebuilding our Local Economy webinar events! Each quarter, the Local First team brings new resources and technical support to you by tapping the expertise of our membership community.

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Northern Initiatives working to fix PPP disparity

May 5, 2021 9:12:01 AM / by Northern Initiatives posted in Inclusive Economy, Business Resources

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Did you miss out on the first round of the Payroll Protection Program? Northern Initiatives can help!

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Just Over a Year Ago... A Reflection on a Year of Uncertainty

Apr 21, 2021 9:45:00 AM / by Alysha Lach White posted in Local Business, Inclusive Economy, Business Resources

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Auditing & Amplifying Your Digital Presence

Mar 1, 2021 12:10:35 PM / by Local First posted in Local Business, Business Resources

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Thank you for joining Local First for the first of four Rebuilding our Local Economy webinar events! Each quarter, the Local First team will bring new resources and technical support to you by tapping the expertise of our membership community.

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Top 10 Small Business Trends & Becoming Future Smart

Feb 19, 2021 10:29:06 AM / by Jeff Doolittle, Organizational Talent posted in Local Business, Business Resources

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There are many reasons why small businesses need to keep current on future trends, and the following are just a few to consider:

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Coffee Hour is Back!

Jan 11, 2021 5:04:03 PM / by Local First posted in Inclusive Economy

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Coffee Hour is back in partnership with Bloom Credit Union!

Whew, we're so glad to have 2020 in our rearview! But if we learned anything from last year, it's the value of community and our need to connect. While Local First could not hold our in-person events (like bringing hundreds of people together to sample bites from dozens of local food businesses, enjoying live music and beautiful art, and networking together at a local business), we were and are able to keep our members connected and the conversation flowing. 

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