Measuring What Matters: Mixing It Up with Local First

by Bri Kilroy

When your business has the potential to strengthen the community, it feels good to embrace that power. Through all-inclusive opportunities and the wealth of resources available to the big and little guys of Grand Rapids, Local First celebrates the interests and achievements of local business’ sustainable practices at their Measure What Matters Mixers—the next one taking place on August 24, 5:30 p.m. at Highland Group.

The Measure What Matters Mixer is an open invitation to anyone in the community interested in incorporating sustainability practices into their business and/or lifestyle. A gathering of attendees, including the Local First team, community leaders, Local First members and B-Corp certified businesses, creates a hub of networking opportunities and information-sharing among those with similar values.

“These mixers are for anyone in the West Michigan area who wants to drive positive economic change,” Local First’s Marketing Manager, Mieke Stoub, said. “We hope that, by bringing values-aligned people together, we will create, maintain and build upon a strong economic infrastructure that the community is proud to support.”

Local First expanded the invite to initiate better business practices this year by offering the new Measure What Matters Workshop series. Similar to their previous INSight discussions, the Measure What Matters workshops are available to those who want to learn first hand how they can use their business as a force for good. Past workshops addressed matters such as renewable and efficient energy usage, policies promoting inclusion and equity in the workplace and the important role diversity plays in small businesses. The next workshop dives into business ownership options and takes place September 20 at Atomic Object (1034 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids).

“We hope that, by bringing values-aligned people together, we will create, maintain and build upon a strong economic infrastructure that the community is proud to support.”—Mieke Stoub, Local First  Marketing Manager

Learn more about how the workshops have educated and benefited people by mingling with past participants at the mixer. Attendees are more than happy to discuss their personal practices in creating a sustainable workplace and are interested to offer advice or hear about your own efforts. Just as Local First is recognized as a growing organization using its knowledge, reputation and resources to support locally owned businesses, they are known for throwing refreshingly casual mixers that cushion the nerves of networking with enthusiastic team members, great hosts and delectable food and drink to accompany the learning opportunities.

The Measure What Matters Mixer is free to attend and open to the public, giving everyone access to the Local First team and their wealth of resources that make a positive change in the community. Take the evening to grab a drink and share your values with like-minded community members as you work together to play a crucial role in creating, maintaining and building upon a healthier community. REGISTER HERE. For more information about the mixer along with blogs and upcoming events, visit

What: Local First Measure What Matters Mixer
Where: Highland Group (645 Cherry St. SE #200, Grand Rapids)
When: Aug 24. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

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.



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