Local First is the Midwest’s largest organization supporting and advocating for locally-owned businesses, serving as the Midwest regional hub for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). Founded in 2003 as an informal group of seven business owners, Local First now represents over 800 member businesses throughout West Michigan. Local First works to help local businesses connect with each other and pursue a triple bottom line: people, profits, and planet; while working with consumers to drive the demand for local businesses. West Michigan has one of the largest clusters of family owned businesses in the country, and Local First works to connect these businesses, allowing them to learn from each other, respond to issues together, and build a more vibrant local community.
The value of B Lab’s tools is in their ability to inform and enable our local businesses to assess business practices across a range of issues and compare themselves directly with their peers.
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