Local First Blog

Pop’s Family Kitchen

Your Guide to the 2022 Holiday Season

Fall Habits that Put People First

Inside the Michigan Good Food Charter

Summer Habits that Put People First

Get to know Northern Initiatives

Spring into Habits that Put People First

Behind the Scenes with Kory Brown, LMCU Commercial Lender

2022 Annual Meeting Recap

6 Ways to Build Local & Sustainable Habits

Gift Local, Gift Good to Make this Holiday Season Count

Nourish our Community

Lake Michigan Credit Union Puts People First

Presenting: People First Economy Podcast

Move Your Money... it's good for Michigan!

GROWing a People First Economy

Coffee Hour is back in person!

Featherlight: Not Just a Website

Shop Local with LOCUS

Second Annual Independents Week


The Future of Work

Northern Initiatives working to fix PPP disparity

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

Auditing & Amplifying Your Digital Presence

Top 10 Small Business Trends & Becoming Future Smart

Coffee Hour is Back!

7 Ways to Safely Support West MI Local Food Businesses this Winter

Safety Protocols for Small Businesses

Stock up at Martha's Vineyard

The 2020 Holi-DAZE are here!

All you need to know about the new localfirst.com

Celebrating Virtual Fork Fest: A Guide to Local Food

Marketing Tips: Taste the Local Difference

Celebrate our local, independent businesses!

Businesses Moving the Needle on Racial Equity:  A Dialogue Led by Local First’s Board of Directors

Marketing Matters (Part II)

Get your 2020 Local Food Guide!

Marketing Matters (Especially in a Pandemic)

Q & A with gr_support_local

La SBA ofrece asistencia en caso de desastre a las pequeñas empresas de Michigan afectadas económica

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Michigan Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus

Support Local (while keeping a safe distance)

Imagine Restaurants Encouraging their Patrons to ‘Dine ‘n Dash’!

Benefits of Supporting Locally Owned Businesses

Localize your Valentine’s Day!

Taste the Local Difference in West Michigan

Now Is the Time: Reflect and Regroup with Purpose

Engagement Supporter: Watermark Properties

Fork Fest - Holiday Edition!

2019 Holiday Events

Ongoing Events & Promotions

Have your holiday gathering at John Ball Zoo

5 ways to enjoy fall in West Michigan

The Dos and Don’ts Of Event Marketing

Ypsilanti-based investment firm announces additional dates of local investing education workshops

LF101: Recap!

Potential Profits Your Business May Be Missing Out On

What To Wear For Your Business Headshots

Eat Local! What’s growing in Michigan this summer

Finding Peace with your Data

What Can Be Done With 1 Hour Of Photo Time? | Poppin Huis In Holland

Local business; national reach

Elissa Sangalli Hillary honored as 2018 GRBJ Sustainability Newsmaker

The Headshot Studio Experience | Hungerford Nichols

Be Intentional and Strategic With Your Business Planning

Five Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing a Payment Processor

How To Reach More People Online With Your Photos (Maybe 20,000 Or So)

Wealthy Theatre: Voice of a Community

Make an impact with your dollar this holiday season

Get Merry at These 6 Local Holiday Events

10 Local Holiday Markets You Must Shop This Year

Connecting people through food and a shared mission

Should you send business holiday cards?

Localize your Thanksgiving

If you book it, they will come

Building healthy relationships from the database up

WMCAT sets the record straight

Creating a Framework For Success

EPS Has Your Back

Q&A: Vivant’s Wood-Aged Beer Fest

To Blog – or Not

5 simple ways to green your business

The “Noble Experiment” - Can Business Be A Force For Good

Measure What Matters: The Barre Code

Measure What Matters: Mosby’s Popcorn

Measure What Matters: At Your Service Valet

Marketing Matters in Business

How Can People Be Your Secret Weapon In Marketing?

Learn more about the Good for Grand Rapids award recipients

Use Your Passion to Define Your Purpose

Appreciating the Past While Looking to the Future: Takeaways From the Annual Meeting

7 Tips to Effective Public Speaking from a Photographer

DornerWorks Joins Local First and Other West Michigan Businesses Building a ‘Force for Good’

BlackRock’s Message: Contribute to Society, or Risk Losing Our Support

Gold Coast Doulas

Five reasons your business needs a local freelance copywriter

Celebrating business as a force for good

Good pizza, no matter how you slice it

Farm fresh ingredients and a team-centered focus

Rockwell Republic

Planning an event? Hire a local caterer!

Thinking Outside the Box - Moving Your Business From ‘Good’ to ‘Great’

Holiday happenings in Grand Rapids and Holland

Shop small: It matters

Lifting up great businesses!

#MIKidsCan Snack Time! Kid-Approved Smoothies from Malamiah Juice Bar

Q&A with Uccello’s Ristorante

Field & Fire: Trying to Change the World Through Food

Software consultancy receives national recognition for economic growth

Local First Experiences Toronto

A strong local economy starts with you

What’s for dinner? A large helping of community strength

1st Annual “City Hacks GR” Tech Weekend & Hackathon

Love local food? Support local grocers!

Clatter Creative: Going beyond the pen

Putting the Spotlight on Diversity

Preserves: Going beyond breakfast

West Michigan Farmers Markets

Go. Live. Work. Play. Locally with Consumers Credit Union

20 Year of Cheers!

Cooking Your CSA: Week Six

Businesses demonstrate positive impact in West Michigan

Beyond books: Libraries bringing community together

Local First awarded eighth grant from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation

A beer for every person, a brewery for the people

More Than a Party: A Community-Centric Event

Hanna and I Bought a Cow!

Zeeland’s one and only brewery is getting a makeover this summer!

Measure What Matters: River City Improv

Measure What Matters: Hemp Solutions

A Moveable Feast joins the Street Party!

‘Good for Grand Rapids’ comes to life at 14th annual Local First Street Party

Say it ain’t so! Michele Lonergan counts down her Local First days

Meet the Candied Yam - New to GR, New to the Street Party!

Measure What Matters: Lions and Rabbits

Local First’s CSA Adventure!

Roll’n Out historical news

Announcing the Measure What Matters Workshop Series

Measure What Matters: The Rental Company

From Tokyo to Grand Rapids: Building strong, local economies around the world

How To Utilize Your Competition To Achieve Success

Measure What Matters: C2C Gallery

Measure What Matters: Community Automotive Repair

Awareness Matters

Strategic Planning For Small Businesses in 2017

Etsy.com co-founder explains why Local First’s new campaign is good for Grand Rapids

What’s Trending In 2017

Local First names LocalMotion winners

Building a new connection to place

Local First initiates more inclusive LocalMotion Awards

The #1 Challenge For Small Businesses in 2017: Hiring

Ice Cream Social Impact

Dine Local First with our Members!

Ring in 2017 New Year’s Eve Guide

Neighborhood Shopping Guide: The Lakeshore

Neighborhood Shopping Guide: Downtown, Eastown, East Hills and the Southeast Side

Why Your Small Business Needs a Contingency Plan

Local First receives $200,000 grant to fund “Good for Grand Rapids” campaign

How to keep the momentum after Small Business Saturday

Experience the difference when you bank locally

Put your money where your Michigan is!

Make the Holidays Merry & Bright with Local First Members!

The Importance of Branding Your Small Business

Grand Valley Artists keeps the art discussion going

Wrapping up 2016 at Local First

Madcap returns to Fork Fest!

Indulge in Traditional Italian Favorites at Fork Fest

Think locally sourced this holiday season

Fork Fest - NEXT WEEK

A Fork Fest tradition continues

Keeping score at Fork Fest

Supporting local farms and creating urban gardens

Yoga, tacos, and Dia de los Muertos at Donkey Taqueria

Learning from Change

Brewery Vivant presents Fork Fest!

Lemonjello’s brings your favorite flavors to the Lakeshore Fork Fest

Craft is Choice

Walking the Local Walk

Chef Cook-Off at Lakeshore Fork Fest: Coppercraft Distillery vs. Butch’s Dry Dock

Anthony Flaccavento comes to West Michigan

Local restaurant boasts awards, philanthropy, and brunch

Celebrate Living Local at the 3rd Annual Lakeshore Street Party

To Be, Or Not to Be—Found On the Internet, That Is


Lubbers Farm: Storytelling through Farming


The Essence of Responsible Food


Livin’ La Vida Local: Local First’s New Neighborhood

How Small Businesses Can Capitalize on the Pokemon Go Craze

Teamwork and Talent On Stage at this Year’s Piano Cottage Rocks Concert

Thinking Outside the Shopping Cart


How to Market Your Business on Snapchat

Bok Choy

Check out our new line of apparel

The Wheelhouse offers a ‘chef-focused culinary adventure on the plate’


Super Green Market Offers Kaleidoscope of Mediterranean Groceries and Fare