This is how we're building a

People First Economy

Communities thrive when the economy puts people first.

Local First is a nonprofit business membership organization that leads 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.
Good For Michigan is a program of the Local First Educational Foundation. It brings together and recognizes companies across Michigan that are working towards a regenerative economy. This initiative provides tools for measuring current business practices and helps create a path to sustainable growth and prosperity.

About Our Work

 

We believe that successful, vibrant communities thrive when they put people first. These communities are made up of a combination of locally owned businesses, companies who believe that good business matters, and mission-driven nonprofit organizations. We bring together values-aligned businesses, nonprofit organizations and people who share a common goal to create a thriving, equitable, sustainable, and economically vibrant region.

Our 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 joyful community.

Diversity & Inclusion

 

We are strongly committed to the values of diversity, inclusion and equity as we recognize that such values strengthen our work for an economy grounded in local ownership that meets the basic needs of all people. We also believe that practicing diversity, inclusion and equality enhances our  business membership, advocacy and mission. Therefore, we are intentional in our practices to be an organization inclusive of ethnic, racial, cultural, gender, age, religious, disability, family status, sexual orientation, and socio-economic diversity in all areas from membership to hiring.