PFE Blog

May 15, 2023

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and the Constant Evolution of Placemaking and City Building

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) was created in 2013 with the goal of bringing several economic development tools and organizations under one roof (the GR Downtown Development Authority, the Downtown Improvement District, and the Monroe…
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April 9, 2023

Local First Workshop Recap: Best Practices for Employee Wellness & Mental Health

It is essential for businesses of all sizes to support their staff, from the front lines to the C Suite; but the real question is how? It's no secret that small businesses are faced with…
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June 22, 2022

Get to know Northern Initiatives

Know Your Lender: Northern Initiatives Where do they work: All 83 counties in Michigan What they are: A CDFI! Huh? Northern Initiatives is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that focuses on providing loans when…
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January 3, 2022

6 Ways to Build Local & Sustainable Habits

If you've been following the Local First program for a while, you know we're all about creating opportunities to support local and amplify our membership base. It's these businesses that keep our money close to…
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October 8, 2021

Nourish our Community

Food naturally brings people together. Whether it’s making a meal, supporting a farmer, sharing a recipe, or celebrating a special occasion: food is communal. (more…)
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September 28, 2021

Lake Michigan Credit Union Puts People First

Local banks and credit unions are part of a toolkit of sustainable solutions that drive change in our place-based economies. To dig deeper, Local First connected with Lake Michigan Credit Union earlier this month in…
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September 14, 2021

Presenting: People First Economy Podcast

The People First Economy Podcast is here to bring you insight into how we, our businesses, and our partners are all working towards building and participating in a People First Economy! You’ll hear stories, ideas,…
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August 23, 2021

GROWing a People First Economy

Thank you for joining Local First for the third of four Rebuilding our Local Economy webinar events! Each quarter, the Local First team brings new resources and technical support to you by tapping the expertise…
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July 27, 2021

Featherlight: Not Just a Website

Get to know Featherlight Raise your hand if you're a small business owner or employee looking for a better way to run your subscription based website. Good news! There's a local way to create and…
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July 9, 2021

Shop Local with LOCUS

Have you seen yet? It's time to give it a whirl! LOCUS offers an e-commerce platform to find and support local, independent businesses. Your Local First team is a big fan and we hope…
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