Grand Rapids, Mich. - Local First pulled out all of the stops for this year's Fork Fest on Thursday, October 24, 2013. Fork Fest is a harvest celebration that features over 40 of West Michigan’s best local food and beverage producers. The celebration, held at Romence Gardens and Greenhouses invited guests to sample beer, wine, cider and foods from local restaurants. More than 400 people were in attendance. See photos from the Local First event at the link below.
Why is supporting local so important? "Local Works! Examining the Impact of Local Business on the West Michigan Economy" — a 2008 study of Kent County commissioned by Local First — determined that just a 10% shift in consumer spending toward locally owned businesses would create:
- $140 million in new economic activity
- 1,600 new jobs
- $50 million in new wages
Maranda teams up with E.S.C.A.P.E. Fire Safety for some holiday advice.
The Sparkle Celebration is a holiday networking and shopping event to celebrate women entrepreneurs, and the latest evolution of GROW. See photos from the celebration here!
Did you know the Kostume Room is a wig bank for the American Cancer Society? They offer free wigs to anyone undergoing chemo or radiation. Gayle Vaartjes is the owner of the Kostume Room and came up with the idea after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2004. She was looking for a way to give back.