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

Nov 30, 2020 9:18:39 AM / by Emma Bauchamp posted in Eat Local, Local Business

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Winter is coming and, with it, local food businesses are bracing for impact. As we cozy up and stay safe at home, our beloved restaurants and shops are navigating the need to pivot, yet again. “There's an upcoming season of hustling hard, reinventing, celebrating small joys, and unfortunately, suffering some substantial losses,” says Lauren Bloom of Blom Meadworks

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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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Stock up at Martha's Vineyard

Nov 16, 2020 11:05:00 AM / by Local First posted in Holiday, Local Business

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Photos sponsored by Corriveau Photography

Our Grand Rapids area feature is Martha’s Vineyard and its child companies. This unique collection of businesses takes up a block in the Heritage Hill neighborhood and is a healthy mix of made-in-Michigan products, house-made edibles, and goods from around the world.
Second generation leader, Ilana Chamelly, sat down with Local First to share their story.

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Celebrate our local, independent businesses!

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

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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!

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Marketing Matters (Part II)

May 18, 2020 11:50:00 AM / by Local First posted in Local Business

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Thank you for joining the Membership Team for Part II of our marketing webinar series! 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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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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Q & A with gr_support_local

Apr 2, 2020 12:08:00 PM / by Local First posted in Local Business

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If you haven't seen gr_support_local yet, it's time to give it a whirl. It's an easy-to-view list of local businesses and what they're offering during the Shelter in Place order. We LOVE it and wanted to get to know the person who got it up and running.

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

Mar 27, 2020 8:42:00 AM / by Local First posted in Local Business

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Atlanta – La Agencia Federal para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña Empresa (SBA) por sus siglas en inglés, ofrece préstamos federales de bajo interés para capital de trabajo a las pequeñas empresas de Michigan que sufren un daño económico sustancial como resultado de la enfermedad del coronavirus (COVID-19), anunció hoy la administradora de SBA, Jovita Carranza. SBA actuó bajo su propia autoridad, según lo dispuesto por la Ley de Asignaciones Suplementarias para la Preparación y Respuesta ante el Coronavirus que fue firmada recientemente por el Presidente, para declarar un desastre a raíz de una solicitud recibida de la Gobernadora Gretchen Whitmer el 17 de marzo de 2020.

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