According to the EPA, on average, 30% of all energy consumed at commercial properties is wasted. But energy waste is not just inefficient. It also takes a toll on property owners’ wallets.
The recent Mind Your Business workshop provided insights on how to improve both focus and productivity within your workplace by using Conversational Intelligence®. If this is a new concept to you, you’re probably not alone. Don’t let the topic frighten you
Reduce, reuse, recycle is a phase most people know. The term, recycle is used more often to justify choices by saying, “well, it’s recyclable.” When really, reducing and reusing should come first.
Ready to get a behind the scenes look at Valley City Electronic Recycling? Maybe you are wondering how they got started. What is their mission? And what can you expect during the tour?
Have you ever set New Year’s resolutions, but it seems like they never stick? You’re not alone. According to a US News report, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. But there’s good news: We’re here to help you set real
Whether a new year is upon us or not, it is always a good idea to be analyzing your performance and intentionally planning for your future. In addition to some of the standard business growth goals, this is a great time to begin thinking about the impact o
As many of us are thinking about setting personal New Year’s resolutions – like eating healthier, getting more exercise or saving money – it’s also a time to set similar resolutions for your business.
Social justice is defined as “equal access to wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.” When relating this to business, it can help to consider a triple bottom line approach in which you equally factor in your company’s impact on people (bot
We encourage businesses to retake the assessment every year to renew their commitment to Good for Michigan. This helps us maintain a strong, authentic brand and assures your customers they are supporting a business committed to improving year after year.
Alice Jasper will lead Local First’s “Good For Michigan” programming and sustainability efforts in West Michigan and the Lakeshore
Local First launched its statewide “Good For Michigan” programming that recognizes businesses for making a positive impact on employees, local communities and the environment
The Barre Code is a boutique fitness studio that offers barre workouts, which incorporate strength training, cardio and restorative stretching. Stacie Thomas, owner of the Grand Rapids Heritage Hill location, opened her studio in March 2018 with a mission
Mosby’s Popcorn was founded in 2016, fueled by a love for popcorn, kids and family. Brian and Denise Mosby, owners of Mosby’s Popcorn, originally got their idea for starting a popcorn business from a family member who also owned a popcorn business.
Thanks again for everyone who came out to help us celebrate business as a force for good! In case you missed it, here is a snapshot of each of the award recipients and the things they do to make our community great.
When it comes to business, it is easy to think about bottom line profits, growth, scalability and outperforming the competition. While those are all important aspects, there are countless other factors.
Grand Rapids is a city of change agents! Just look at what they did in the last 6 months.
Thank you to the foundation for your support of the Good for Grand Rapids Campaign!
This blog post is part of Local First’s Measure What Matters series, where we interview Local First Members who have taken the Quick Impact Assessment, and learn about how the assessment has helped them use their business as a force for good and be Good f
Each year, we bring together our neighbors, friends and family for a celebration of all things local at Street Party. This year, we’re taking the celebration to a deeper level by sharing our vision for a local economy.
This blog post is part of Local First’s Measure What Matters series, where we interview Local First Members who have taken the Quick Impact Assessment, and learn about how the assessment has helped them use their business as a force for good and be Good fo
Shandra Martinez from MLive recaps the event at the Economic Club