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Presenting: People First Economy Podcast

Sep 14, 2021 10:25:00 AM / by Local First posted in Local Business, Inclusive Economy, Business Resources

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The People First Economy Podcast is here to bring you insight into how we, our businesses, and our partners are all working towards building and participating in a People First Economy! You’ll hear stories, ideas, tools, campaigns, and whatnot that align with our efforts to build this new economy!

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Coffee Hour is back in person!

Aug 6, 2021 12:15:00 PM / by Local First posted in Local Business, Inclusive Economy

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Coffee Hour is back in person! This last year has taught us the immense value in gathering as a community and building connections.

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Featherlight: Not Just a Website

Jul 27, 2021 10:15:00 AM / by Local First posted in Local Business, Business Resources

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Get to know Featherlight

Raise your hand if you're a small business owner or employee looking for a better way to run your subscription based website. Good news! There's a local way to create and revamp your website or ecommerce site - Featherlight! Learn more about this service from our Q&A with owner Tyler Doornbos. 

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Shop Local with LOCUS

Jul 9, 2021 10:30:00 AM / by Local First posted in Local Business, Business Resources

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Have you seen shopLOCUS.com yet? It's time to give it a whirl! LOCUS offers an e-commerce platform to find and support local, independent businesses. Your Local First team is a big fan and we hope you enjoy learning more about the people and the vision behind this awesome platform. Check out our Q&A with LOCUS owners Jill DeJonge and Eric Haslinger: 

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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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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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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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