Local isn’t just a place on a map. It’s people: your neighbors and their families, their businesses, farms, nonprofits, events, and recreational venues. Local is a community and all of the opportunities we create together and challenges we work to overcome. Local First has a passion for people living and working together in a sustainable community.
That’s Local First’s mission. We lead the development of an economy grounded in local ownership that meets the basic needs of people, builds local wealth and social capital, functions in harmony with our ecosystem, and encourages a joyful community.
It takes a village to create a brand new website. And we couldn’t have done it without the generous financial support of these donors.
COMING SOON! People First Economy is introducing a conversation that we hope will uncover and unpack a system that is holding our financial equity hostage: Big Banks. This September, we’ll be lifting up the power of community-based financial institutions and how moving your money can lead to an economy grounded in local ownership, create generational wealth, and build equity.
Whether you’re a seasoned localist or new to supporting West Michigan businesses, here are a few ideas to shift your spending NOW!