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.
Local First members are invited to network and build connections. We meet monthly at different locations. Check out the events page to see what's coming up!
Independents Week takes place leading up to the Independence Day holiday. Each year, we take the opportunity to point Michiganders to our independent business economy.
Whether you’re a seasoned localist or new to supporting West Michigan businesses, here are a few ideas to shift your spending NOW!