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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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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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The 2020 Holi-DAZE are here!

Nov 3, 2020 4:30:21 PM / by Local First posted in Holiday, Inclusive Economy

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Fall and winter are busy times for all of us. Between year-end bookkeeping, social (distance) engagements, busy storefront hours, and personal holiday shopping, it's no wonder these months fly by. And this year is no exception - plus we have the added stress of rapidly changing safety precautions. It's enough to overwhelm anyone. But it doesn't have to be when we take advantage of our community resources! 

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

Jun 12, 2020 2:17:00 PM / by Local First posted in Inclusive Economy

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Local First’s Board of Directors held a town hall-style event with member businesses on Friday, June 12 to discuss the role West Michigan’s local economy plays in systemic racism: as an enabler and as a catalyst for change. Vice-Chair of the Local First Educational Foundation and moderator, Tarence Lauchie of T. Lauchie & Associates, asked participants to think about their:

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