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Local First initiates more inclusive LocalMotion Awards

Local First initiates more inclusive LocalMotion Awards

Local First
Food, Local Business, Sustainable Business, Diversity

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.

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

7th Annual Meeting and LocalMotion Awards
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
5:00-9:00 pm
Goei Center
818 Butterworth Street SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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1-800-Dry Clean

616 Lofts

834 Design & Marketing

ACTPhotoMedia | Naturally ACT

Art of the Table

Arts in Motion Studio

Balanced 4 Life Chiropractic

Becker & Sanders Quality Construction 

The Bitter End Coffeehouse

Blushing Goddess Salon


C2C Gallery

Cascade Chiropractic Clinic

Celebration! Cinemas

Chocolates by Grimaldi

Confident Living | Confident Wear 

The Cottage Bar & Restaurant

Donut Conspiracy  


EcoBuns Baby + Co.

Field & Fire Bakery and Café

Fish Lads

Glamour & Grit

Gold Coast Doulas

Gordon Water Systems

Grand Rapids Natural Health

Grandview Orchards

Holland Aquatic Center

Horrock's Market

Ideal Bodyworks 

JoJo's House of Beauty, Inc.

Lightfast Café



Make Me Up Foundation

Management Business Solutions

Marie Catrib’s

Meanwhile Bar

Mindful Vinyasa School of Yoga

Mixed Staffing & Recruiting

Novo Chiropractic Sports & Wellness Center

One World Diversity 

The Piano Cottage 

Porteen Gear

Ron Jackson Insurance Agency

Rowster Coffee 

Shelley Irwin, WGVU Morning Show

Sugar Mommas Bakery

The Sovengard

Tripelroot Brewery

United Bank of Michigan

Wealthy at Charles

Well Being LLC

WYCE–88.1 FM

YT Galleria

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