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 10, 2023

Move Your Money: Beyond Banking

Welcome to the third annual Move Your Money month! If you’ve been following People First Economy for the last few years, then you may recall that every April, during Financial Literacy Month, we uplift the…
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February 22, 2023

Business Highlights: PFE’s Black-Owned Partners in Grand Rapids

Celebrate the vibrant culture, exciting events, delicious food, friendly people and cherished traditions of Michigan with People First Economy. Black History Month is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the diversity within the black economy. Join…
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November 10, 2022

Your Guide to the 2022 Holiday Season

Does your holiday list look something like this: Schedule family/staff holiday parties Take family photo Send holiday cards Confirm meal/catering menus Exchange names for gifting Purchase the perfect gift(s) And on and on it goes……
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October 10, 2022

Fall Habits that Put People First

Fall is a magical time in Michigan. A chill has settled into the air, leaves are starting to turn and pumpkin spice lattes are here! It’s a great time to enjoy Michigan’s bounty by picking…
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September 5, 2022

Inside the Michigan Good Food Charter

At its core, what we eat nourishes our bodies and provides energy to sustain our daily routines. But have you ever stopped to think about how the food economy – the systems that allow a…
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July 14, 2022

Summer Habits that Put People First

Here we are in the height of summer in Michigan. We’re spending more time outdoors, connecting with community programming, and enjoying time with friends and family. Menus feature locally-grown ingredients, farmers' markets and stands are…
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April 26, 2022

Spring into Habits that Put People First

Raise your hand if you love Spring! The smell of dirt and thunderstorms. Sitting outside on the first 60-degree day. Leaving the puffy coat at home. It’s a time of emergence and renewed energy. Sunny…
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April 18, 2022

Behind the Scenes with Kory Brown, LMCU Commercial Lender

Move Your Money relaunched during Financial Literacy Month! Throughout April, financial institutions, nonprofits and human service agencies all ramp up their support so that individuals, communities and businesses alike may evaluate and seek to improve…
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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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