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Celebrate our local, independent businesses!

Jun 15, 2020 10:56:00 AM / by Local First

Independents Week: June 27 to July 4

Locally-owned, independent businesses are the backbone of our community. And they need us more than ever right now. Help us celebrate them during Independents Week!

From the local businesses we patron (for cheesepaintshoes, takeoutcandles and more), to the independent businesses we employ (for lawn carefinancialphotography, and real estate services), these businesses employ our family and friends, strengthen our economy, add character to our neighborhoods, and contribute to our pride in and sense of place. Every dollar we spend is a vote for the type of community we want to build and sustain.

To showcase local businesses, Local First is launching a promotional campaign for Independents Week that will include Instagram takeovers, video mashups, and daily calls to action during the week leading up to Independence Day. Get a jump start on your participation and see what we have in store for the week itself:

Daily Themes

Helping the community use our member directory (click the images for ideas!)

Movie Watch List

Featuring movies about local, independent businesses

Facebook Frame

Show off your support to your whole Facebook community!


    1. Navigate to your profile
    2. Hover over your profile picture and click Update
    3. Click Add Frame
    4. Search Independents Week and select the frame by Local First West Michigan

Sharing on Social Media

We'll be sharing out all the great things our local businesses are up to that week! Stay tuned on our Facebook and Instagram

Use #IndependentsWeek and #LocalFirst hashtags when you use this image to tag a bunch of your favorites

Communities thrive when neighbors buy from locally-owned businesses, those businesses invest in their neighbors as customers, and people are able to develop sustainable lifestyles that engage and enhance their environment. So this Independence Day, let’s vote with our dollars to grow and sustain local, independent businesses through Independents Week!

Hear us talk about Independents Week

Avalanche Creative Podcast
The Morning Show with Shelley Irwin

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