Local First is changing up its LocalMotion Awards in 2017. In an effort to be more inclusive to West Michigan’s diverse range of ownership, Local First has eliminated the previous award categories and will recognize businesses in a more equitable way.
More than 50 businesses will be celebrated at the Annual Meeting and LocalMotion Awards on January 25, 2016 at the Goei Center. These businesses have been nominated for LocalMotion Awards by their peers, customers, clients, friends, colleagues, and employees for their work in the community.
This year, Local First will award eight businesses for their positive social, environmental and economic effects in West Michigan. To measure their impact, these businesses were asked to complete the Quick Impact Assessment, which quantifies their positive impact through business practices such as philanthropic efforts, employee satisfaction, and responsible waste management. This assessment, created by Local First and B Lab, was reformatted in 2016 to be easier to complete. The more user-friendly platform has resulted in a record number of candidates.
“We wanted to let businesses share their innovative practices with us, rather than prescribing specific award categories,” says Elissa Hillary, President of Local First. “Since the launch of the awards six years ago, some of the most pressing issues in our community have changed. We want to recognize businesses who are addressing these needs.”
The LocalMotion Awards began in 2010 as a way to recognize local businesses and individuals for their achievements in making our community more vibrant and resilient. Since then, hundreds of businesses and individuals have been nominated and dozens have been honored.
For the first time, the Annual Meeting will feature live art provided by Picardo Art, Sanctuary Folk Art, and The Collect Artspace. Each artist will create pieces of art during the pre-award reception. Erick Picardo hopes this will help those who watch gain a new appreciation of what artists do.
“Experience in relation to art creates an active emotional response in the spectator,” he says. “This could not occur without feeling emotionally involved in it.”
Live music will be provided by local band Desmond Jones.
TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION
All awards will be given during the Annual Meeting. Tickets are $40 presale; $50 at the door. Admission includes a strolling dinner and live entertainment. Cash bar and non-alcoholic beverages will be available.
Nominations for the awards were submitted by community members and businesses. Anyone could nominate a local business or an individual who exempliﬁes the qualities a speciﬁc award honors. Nominees then ﬁlled out an application and took the Quick Impact Assessment in order to provide sustainability metrics. An award committee made up of business owners and community stakeholders selected the winners. For a list of previous winners, visit www.localfirst.com/sustainability/localmotion-awards.
7th Annual Meeting and LocalMotion Awards
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
818 Butterworth Street SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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Art of the Table
Arts in Motion Studio
Balanced 4 Life Chiropractic
Becker & Sanders Quality Construction
The Bitter End Coffeehouse
Blushing Goddess Salon
Cascade Chiropractic Clinic
Chocolates by Grimaldi
Confident Living | Confident Wear
The Cottage Bar & Restaurant
EcoBuns Baby + Co.
Field & Fire Bakery and Café
Glamour & Grit
Gold Coast Doulas
Gordon Water Systems
Grand Rapids Natural Health
Holland Aquatic Center
JoJo's House of Beauty, Inc.
Make Me Up Foundation
Management Business Solutions
Mindful Vinyasa School of Yoga
Mixed Staffing & Recruiting
Novo Chiropractic Sports & Wellness Center
One World Diversity
The Piano Cottage
Ron Jackson Insurance Agency
Shelley Irwin, WGVU Morning Show
Sugar Mommas Bakery
United Bank of Michigan
Wealthy at Charles
Well Being LLC
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