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King Arthur Flour vice president to speak at Sustainable Business Conference

by (Brittany Beezhold)

Submitted 03-18-2013 under NEWS

King Arthur Flour is the United State’s oldest flour company. As a B Corporation and ESOP business, King Arthur Flour continues an active role within the innovative business community. Sharing these intentional sustainable business practices,...

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Local First works to inspire, build relationships with upcoming event

by (Brittany Beezhold)

Submitted 03-12-2013 under NEWS

Local First is gearing up for its 5th Annual Sustainable Business Conference on March 27 at Aquinas College. The Sustainable Business Conference gathers local businesses to share and discuss effective ways to achieve triple bottom line policies...

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GR Beer Week begins Monday

by (Brittany Beezhold)

Submitted 02-18-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

Down cobblestoned streets and along crowded city blocks, breweries across Grand Rapids are opening their doors for Beer Week 2013. This week includes a multitude of special events including tap takeovers and beer dinners. Awarded the title of...

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Local First celebrates a vibrant business community

by (Brittany Beezhold)

Submitted 01-30-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

Exposed, raw wooden ceilings stretched out wide, restored wooden floors with the character of an old familiar face, a raised pond of Koi fish varying in brilliant orange hues. Stepping through the double doors of the Goei Center, warm earth tones,...

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Fork Fest 2012 provides chance to get to know local food system

by (ChrisFreemanRealtor)

Submitted 10-19-2012 under NEWS

At first glance, it would be easy to think that Fork Fest was just a food fair where several restaurants were gathered at one spot for you to try their offerings. This casual observation quickly evaporates when you arrive at the venue. Romence...

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Fork Fest to champion harvest of local foods and beverages

by (Holly)

Submitted 10-17-2012 under NEWS

This Thursday night, Romence Gardens will be transformed into a walking taste-test playground for local food lovers by local business ownership advocates Local First of West Michigan. With over 35 local food and beverage vendors all...

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Taste of Michigan brings 20 food bloggers to Grand Rapids

by (wendypchef)

Submitted 10-08-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

The event was the brainchild of Liz Della Croce, who blogs at The Lemon Bowl, and Rachel Gurk of Rachel Cooks. “It all started as a little idea of mine to get together with a few other Michigan bloggers for dinner or something,” said...

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My selfish reasons for taking the Eat Local Challenge

by (Onawa Gardiner)

Submitted 08-23-2012 under VOICES

Local First announced is 10x10 Eat Local Challenge last week and I immediately pledged. I’ll admit it was for personal gain primarily since my first thoughts weren’t on creating a better world or helping one’s neighbor. Rather, I...

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Street party brings the best beer, food and music Grand Rapids has to offer

by (yuengerr)

Submitted 06-15-2012 under OPINION

On a day when temperatures reached the 90s, the Local First Street Party last Saturday was as crowded as ever, featuring a handful of local bands and even more local food choices. Taking place on Weston Street in front of Bistro Bella Vita, the...

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A Watershed Moment: National sustainable business conference comes to Grand Rapids

by (Scott Kaplan)

Submitted 05-16-2012 under NEWS

BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) is a national organization that brings together locally-owned, independent businesses across the country interested in impacting their communities through socially-responsible business...

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