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Ben & Jerry’s: A Business Built on Putting People First

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People First Economy welcomes Dave Rapaport, Global Social Mission Officer at Ben & Jerry’s.

As a business created to make a positive local impact, Ben & Jerry’s has become one of the most recognizable brands in the food industry. With more than 600 retail stores, over 1,500 employees worldwide, and nearly $700 million in sales in the U.S in 2019, the company has scaled because of its goal to positively impact the lives of people all over the world.

From the first day in operation, Ben & Jerry’s has implemented policies and made purchasing decisions in order to address community inequities and these values have strengthened alongside the growth of the company.

Rapaport joined Ben & Jerry’s in 2017 and has been a mission-driven activist for more than 30 years in the business, non-profit and government sectors. In his role, he is tasked with upholding the company’s commitment as a certified B Corp to being a force for good. Through the day-to-day impacts of their operations and value chain, using their influence to promote racial equity, and participating in campaigns to activate social change, Ben & Jerry’s is creating an economy that puts people first.

In this dialogue, Milinda Ysasi, Grand Rapids City Commissioner and President of The Source will speak with Rapaport about the role of business in addressing social inequities and systems that create barriers for everyone in a community to prosper.

Scholarship applications available!

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Celebrating Black History Month with GRPL

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February 1 – 28, 2021

Celebrate Black History Month with the Grand Rapids Public Library!
Join us online February 1 – 28, 2021 for programs for both kids and adults that highlight and celebrate our Black community.

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Free Introduction to Mindfulness & Self-Compassion Classes

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Join co-founders and instructors Carol Hendershot and April Kaiserlian, LMSW, for these online, 90-minute introductions to mindfulness and mindful self-compassion!

These classes are an excellent way to “dip your toes” into these topics and practices before committing to further learning. You’ll gain a basic understanding of the main topic and try out mindfulness and self-compassion techniques in a supportive environment with a trained, experienced instructor.

Attendees will receive:

  • Guided meditation audio files
  • Digital handout
  • A special offer from us

Learn more and sign up on our website.

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Attendees will receive:

  • Guided meditation audio files
  • Digital handout
  • A special offer from us
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Put yourself on a path to thrive financially in 2021 by taking advantage of Bloom Credit Union’s popular Credit Score Analysis Program. It has created many smiling faces and success stories (and a happy dance or two) by saving people money every month.

• Possibly lower your loan payment

• We’ll show you how to raise your credit score!

• It’s free, quick and easy, with no obligation.

• You have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

• To get started, give us a call at 616-452-2161

• Or fill out our short, secure online form at www.bloomcu.org/loan-center/free-credit-score-analysis

Many people are paying loan interest rates that are way too high, especially in this low rate environment. So make sure you are in the best financial position as possible in 2021. We can’t wait to see what we can do for you!

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Credit scores have become increasingly important in recent years, making it a good idea to check your score annually. So you’ll be covering two bases at once.

Free Q & A Webinar: From Video to Victory

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By 2022, online videos will make up more than 82% of all consumer internet traffic — 15 times higher than it was in 2017 according to Cisco. Are you optimizing the use of video in your business? Now is the time to start!

If you want to learn how to leverage video as a part of your overall marketing strategy and how to get the most out of the content that you produce, join marketing gurus, Jennifer Jurgens and Adam Clarke, along with Owner and Video Expert, Cynthia Kay of CK and CO for this interactive Q & A webinar session.

Here’s what we will cover before opening up the floor to your questions:

  • The future of video and what that means for your business
  • How to maximize the use of videos throughout your company
  • Ideas and tips on how to re-use video content for other areas of your organization’s marketing
  • How to prove ROI with your videos
  • Why the use of video is an important part of your marketing strategy
  • And more!

How this webinar works:

  1. Learn about how to maximize the use of video within your overall marketing strategy through a quick 20-30 minute presentation from our hosts and panelist.
  2. After the presentation, we’ll be answering your own questions and addressing your specific questions. When you fill out the registration form, you’ll be prompted to include questions for the experts to answer during the webinar.
  3. We’ll also be opening up the floor so that you can ask questions on the fly. Receive free marketing advice and guidance directly from the professionals themselves as you’ll have a full 30-40 minutes for questions.

Take advantage of this awesome opportunity to personally ask the experts for free during this interactive roundtable webinar! Register today before it’s too late.

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GRPL Celebrating 150 Years

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To celebrate our 150 year, we’ve printed a limited-edition library card!

Sign-up for a library card between January and December 2021 to receive this commemorative card. Current card-holders who would like our limited edition library card can request a replacement card through our online form.

Replacement cards are $1.00.

Ever wonder what your librarian reads when they are off the desk? In celebration of our 150 year, we are sharing 150 books selected by our staff.

Public libraries have a special place in people’s hearts. From childhood memories to transformational experiences, each story is unique. In celebration of our 150 anniversary, we want to hear your GRPL story! Share your memories through our online submission form and attach photographs, videos, and/or drawings.

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The early September weekend allows for mild weather and a final opportunity to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Boston qualifying hopefuls can make the cut only one day before registration opens.

Every race finisher receives a commemorative race medal. Those completing all 3 race distances in separate years earn the coveted Trifecta Medal.

Start Time: 7:30am EDT

End Time: 2:00pm EDT

Price: $90.00 Race Fee

Registration: Price increases to $100.00 after February 28, 2021 at 11:59pm EST

Register and find more details at https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Holland/2017HollandHavenMarathon.

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Leadership Development Webinar Series

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Register to join these complimentary, 60-minute live webinars delivered by our subject matter experts, and authors in leadership development.

Learn more and Register: https://www.organizationaltalent.com/webinar-series

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People First Economy Annual Meeting

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Local First and Good For Michigan are the programs of People First Economy. We work with locally-owned businesses in West Michigan as well as companies across the state who use their business as a force for good.

It’s no secret that 2020 was a challenge for the businesses we support. And many of these challenges still exist. Join us to hear what Local First and Good For Michigan are doing to build an economy that puts people first.

This event will stream live on YouTube and Facebook. Links coming soon!

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Send a Postcard from Experience Grand Rapids

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Just choose the card design you like, write a personalized message and provide addresses for you and your recipient. Experience Grand Rapids will take care of the printing and postage – you can focus on finding great things to do for your loved one’s visit. (You might want to start with our incomparable attractions, craft beverages, outdoor recreation and family fun activities.)

Strengthen your bonds with family and friends, show off your hometown, even inspire others to move here to join you – it all starts with a visit!

Learn more

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