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

Mar 11, 2020 10:37:00 AM / by Local First posted in Local Business

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By: Scott Ptak, Content Writer at Writing2Ranking

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Benefits of Supporting Locally Owned Businesses

Feb 25, 2020 4:43:00 PM / by Local First posted in Local Business

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By: Corey Evans, Marketing Strategist

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Localize your Valentine’s Day!

Feb 3, 2020 10:36:00 AM / by Local First posted in Local Business

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Whether you're spending the day with someone special, having a night out with friends, or showing yourself some love, here are a few ways to show you LOVE local! 

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Taste the Local Difference in West Michigan

Jan 14, 2020 2:56:00 PM / by Local First posted in Eat Local

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A Michigan Local Food Marketing Firm, Taste the Local Difference (TLD) recently expanded to West Michigan to continue its promotion of businesses that make up our local food system. Through partnerships with local businesses, we celebrate small farmers, as well as restaurants, retailers, event organizers and many others that make local sourcing a priority. Every bit of our work has one underlying mission – to get more local food sold. Our Grand Rapids-based Local Food Coordinator, Rebecca Henderson, is excited to connect with the swiftly growing local food movement in the West Michigan region. Check out these ways Taste the Local Difference can benefit your business!

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Now Is the Time: Reflect and Regroup with Purpose

Jan 6, 2020 9:46:00 AM / by Local First posted in Local Business

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With the holiday season behind us and the new year underway, this is a great time to take a moment and reflect on how 2019 ended. Don’t get too caught up on the past though — spring will be here before we know it! At Stingray Advisory Group, we work with clients to help them create actionable and attainable plans for moving forward and help them with implementation. One step in the process is to consider what you’ve done well and what you’d like to accomplish next. We thought this would be a perfect opportunity to highlight what two fellow Local First businesses have been focusing on and to share a little bit about what we’ve been up.

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Engagement Supporter: Watermark Properties

Dec 30, 2019 3:54:00 PM / by Local First posted in Local Business

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Watermark Properties is a one-of-a-kind West Michigan company that consists of 7 golf courses, 2 golf simulator facilities, 3 private pools, 8 public RedWater Restaurant Group restaurants, and 8 banquet and event venues. If you are a golfer or foodie in Grand Rapids or the Lakeshore you have most likely golfed at a Watermark Properties course, dined at RedWater Restaurant Group restaurant, or attended an event at one of our beautiful venues.
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nOur event venues continue to be some of the most popular spaces to host events in Grand Rapids. Because of increasing demand and our growing number of venues to offer, we are thrilled to present a streamlined approach for our guests in 2020 by combining the venues together as RedWater Events!

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Fork Fest - Holiday Edition!

Nov 21, 2019 9:59:00 AM / by Local First posted in Holiday

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What was your favorite dish at Fork Fest this year?? Did anyone else notice the (unintentional) deviled egg theme? And how about the artist's workshops and pop-up market? What a great event! Thanks to everyone who came and supported our local food system. Let's keep up the good work and support these folks over the holidays. Make to let them know you saw them at Fork Fest!

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2019 Holiday Events

Nov 20, 2019 3:47:00 PM / by Local First posted in Holiday

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The holiday season has arrived! Here are just a few ways you can support our Local First members in the next few weeks.

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Ongoing Events & Promotions

Nov 20, 2019 3:27:00 PM / by Local First posted in Holiday

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Check out a few of our member's ongoing events and promotions during November and December!

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Have your holiday gathering at John Ball Zoo

Nov 4, 2019 10:43:00 AM / by Local First posted in Local Business

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With the holidays quickly approaching, it's time to begin planning your holiday party. This year, why not try something unique and different than your typical venue?

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