When you support local business, you create a healthier community

The Local First program exists to support a People First Economy through local ownership. We do this because communities with higher percentages of locally-owned companies are healthier by nearly every social, environmental, and economic indicator.

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Start Thinking Local First

It’s up to all of us to build a thriving local economy.

Local First has a passion for people living and working together in a sustainable community. 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 a joyful community.

Use Our Directory

Bookmark, share, and use the directory as your go-to resource for finding local businesses to support.

Build Community

Check out our events page, our blogs, or donate to help Local First support our local community.

Join as a Business Member

Local First members join a community that supports their business growth. Learn more and get involved.

Creating Accountability

Support Sustainable Business

Every dollar you spend is a vote for the type of world you want. And we’re here to help make those choices more clear. We provide the tools for businesses to measure their own impact. Use the links below to learn about Sustainable Development Goals, B Corps, and how businesses can hold themselves accountable.

Become the change

Building People First Habits

Businesses shape our local economy, but so do we as consumers. People First and Local First help you change your habits, so you can actively participate an economy grounded in local ownership, and create a stronger, healthier community. 

Connect to Your Community

July 24, 2024

People Behind the Business: Holistic Wellness

Throughout June and into July, People First Economy took the initiative to interview a few of their health & wellness…
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July 18, 2024

Planting Seeds of Inclusive Growth

Communities across Michigan are filled with challenges. Economic growth is inequitable. Healthcare services are structured in ways that often create…
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July 17, 2024

Think Local First: Shift Your Spending!

When your family and friends ask you why you take pride in your place—whether it be your state, city, or…
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July 2, 2024

Happy Pride & Happy Disability Pride Month!

This year during Pride Month & Disability Pride Month, we’re highlighting why it’s important to celebrate the queer communities that…
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June 20, 2024

How To Build a People First Economy

Joining a new organization will always come with some surprises. We get a rough idea from reading the website and…
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June 17, 2024

DGRI Launches Programs to Support New & Existing Downtown Businesses

Your Business Belongs Downtown. One factor in creating a vibrant and welcoming Downtown is the presence of a strong array…
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June 12, 2024

Local First Webinar Recap: Understanding the CTA

The Corporate Transparency Act effects all corporations and LLCs with operations in the US: are you prepared to report, and…
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May 28, 2024

People Behind the Business: Asian American Pacific Islander Month

Happy Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month! Supporting local businesses is creating human scale economies that celebrate our unique identities…
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April 24, 2024

Local First Workshop Recap: Civic Engagement 101

Decisions are made whether you engage or not. Find a seat at the table.  Last month, we were thrilled to…
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April 22, 2024

Ask Your Local Credit Union!

Happy Move Your Money month! Here at People First Economy, we know that where you hold your accounts has a…
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