Locally-owned, independent businesses are the backbone of our community. They employ our family and friends, strengthen our economy, add character to our neighborhoods, and contribute to our pride in and sense of place. Independents Week celebrates these businesses and lifts up the importance of a place-based economy.
How you can get engaged
Local First’s Second Annual Independents Week will include a bingo game contest with a variety of actionable ways to shift your spending to locally-owned businesses in Grand Rapids and along the Lakeshore; diverse business events and discounts, opportunities to connect with the Mainstreet business corridor near you, ways to get social and dig deeper. A toolkit is still being developed and will be shared soon. Check back for info!