LocalMotion Awards Move Towards Inclusion

WEST MICHIGAN – Local First is changing up its LocalMotion Awards in 2017. In an effort to be more inclusive to West Michigan’s diverse range of ownership, Local First has eliminated the previous award categories and will recognize businesses in a more equitable way.

More than 50 businesses will be celebrated at the Annual Meeting and LocalMotion Awards on January 25, 2016 at the Goei Center. These businesses have been nominated for LocalMotion Awards by their peers, customers, clients, friends, colleagues, and employees for their work in the community.

This year, Local First will award eight businesses for their positive social, environmental and economic effects in West Michigan. To measure their impact, these businesses were asked to complete the Quick Impact Assessment, which quantifies their positive impact through business practices such as philanthropic efforts, employee satisfaction, and responsible waste management. This assessment, created by Local First and B Lab, was reformatted in 2016 to be easier to complete. The more user-friendly platform has resulted in a record number of candidates.

“We wanted to let businesses share their innovative practices with us, rather than prescribing specific award categories,” says Elissa Hillary, President of Local First. “Since the launch of the awards six years ago, some of the most pressing issues in our community have changed.  We want to recognize businesses who are addressing these needs.”

The LocalMotion Awards began in 2010 as a way to recognize local businesses and individuals for their achievements in making our community more vibrant and resilient. Since then, hundreds of businesses and individuals have been nominated and dozens have been honored.

New this year
For the first time, the Annual Meeting will feature live art provided by Picardo Art, Sanctuary Folk Art, and The Collect Artspace. Each artist will create pieces of art during the pre-award reception. Erick Picardo hopes this will help those who watch gain a new appreciation of what artists do.

“Experience in relation to art creates an active emotional response in the spectator,” he says. “This could not occur without feeling emotionally involved in it.”

Live music will be provided by local band Desmond Jones.

Tickets and More Information
All awards will be given during the Annual Meeting on January 25, 2017 at the Goei Center. Tickets are $40 presale; $50 at the door. Admission includes a strolling dinner and live entertainment. Cash bar and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. Tickets and more information may be found at www.localfirst.com/events/annual-meeting-2017.

Nominations for the awards were submitted by community members and businesses. Anyone could nominate a local business or an individual who exemplifies the qualities a specific award honors. Nominees then filled out an application and took the Quick Impact Assessment in order to provide sustainability metrics. An award committee made up of business owners and community stakeholders selected the winners. For a list of previous winners, visit www.localfirst.com/sustainability/localmotion-awards.


Event Details

7th Annual Meeting and LocalMotion Awards

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

5:00-9:00 pm

Goei Center

818 Butterworth Street SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504


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Nominees for the LocalMotion Awards

1 800 Dryclean

ACT PhotoMedia | Naturally ACT

Balanced 4 Life Chiropractic Wellness Center

Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio

Boxed GR

C2C Galleries

Cascade Chiropractic Clinic

Cultured Love

EcoBuns Baby + Co.

Field & Fire Café

Girlfriend’s Fit Club

Glamour & Grit Floral

Gold Coast Doulas LLC

Gordon Water Systems

Ideal Bodyworks

JoJos House of Beauty

Lightfast Coffee Bar + Art Collective


Lowell Area Arts Council

Make Me Up Foundation

Management Business Solutions

Mindful Vinyasa School of Yoga

Mixed Staffing & Recruiting

One World Diversity, LLC

Porteen Gear, Inc.

She Rides Her Own Way

Sugar Momma’s Bakery & Café

The Piano Cottage

Tripelroot Brewery

Well Being LLC

WGVU Morning Show with
Shelley Irwin

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Local First’s mission is to 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.



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