by Bri Kilroy
Local First knows how to throw a party; recall quarterly member mixers, Holland and Grand Rapids street parties and annual Fork Fest. The organization highlights the greatness, both big and small, of our community. Local First members are invited to kick off another year of supporting and celebrating the local businesses that fuel our home pride at the 2016 LocalMotion Awards.
The anticipated event sets the scene for members to listen to live music, sip a drink from the cash bar and connect with each other over a shared vision of creating a stronger and more sustainable community. Seven local food vendors bring mouthwatering food items from their menu, so guests can celebrate everything local from tastes to triumphs.
The program then moves to reflect on the accomplishments Local First and its members achieved during 2015 such as bringing Vincent Stanley, co-founder of Patagonia, to Grand Rapids to speak about the environmental, social and financial stability his company is known for. After a good ol’ pat on the back for the feats of 2015, Local First presents the upcoming plans for this year to continue the community’s thriving state.
The LocalMotion Awards wrap up the celebration as one of the many nominated businesses receive awards in one of several categories: Up & Coming Business, Longstanding Business, Mover & Shaker, Local Hero, Change Agent and the Guy Bazzani Local Legacy Award along with two new additions, yet to be revealed. Each award recognizes the achievements of local businesses and individual’s work in sustainability and bringing strength to the community.
Join fellow Local First members at the kick off party of what’s sure to be a successful year. For tickets, information about becoming a member, and the local business jewels we have in West Michigan, visit LocalFirst.com.
- What: 2016 Local First LocalMotion Awards
- Where: Goei Center, 818 Butterworth St. SE, Grand Rapids
- When: January 27, 2016
- Tickets: $40
Bri Kilroy is a Grand Valley and AmeriCorps alumna who learned to type through vigorous Mavis Beacon trainings. She also passes as an artist, illustrator and author of this bio.