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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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Safety Protocols for Small Businesses

Nov 19, 2020 1:43:01 PM / by Local First posted in Local Business, Business Resources

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With court rulings impacting safety protocols for small businesses and changing reports on how Michigan businesses are expected to operate, it's fair to say, 2020 has been a year full of change and confusion.

Here is what we know for sure: starting November 18th, Michigan will Pause to Save Lives. 

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All you need to know about the new localfirst.com

Oct 1, 2020 9:20:51 AM / by Local First posted in Business Resources

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The Local First team has been dreaming and scheming of the day we could build a more robust and modern localfirst.com to champion our local business members across West Michigan. After lots of hard work and feedback, it’s finally here!

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Marketing Tips: Taste the Local Difference

Sep 14, 2020 1:36:00 PM / by Tricia Phelps posted in Eat Local, Business Resources

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For many small businesses, the Coronavirus pandemic has thrown any marketing plans you had out the window -- but that doesn’t mean you should just give up. Marketing through the pandemic remains a priority in your operations as we evolve through the good, the bad, and these challenging times. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

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Marketing Matters (Especially in a Pandemic)

May 4, 2020 12:25:00 PM / by Local First posted in Local Business, Business Resources

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Thank you for joining the Membership Team for Local First’s marketing webinar! Kathleen Roark and Katherine Jandernoa were joined by the following panelists to discuss why marketing matters and how to approach it during a pandemic:

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