Local First, an organization that is dedicated to promoting local businesses in Grand Rapids and West Michigan announced on Wednesday that they received a $200,000 grant from the Wege Foundation to build awareness and help support their “Good for Grand Rapids” Campaign.
“We are ecstatic to find out that the Wege Foundation was willing to support our efforts," executive director of Local First Elissa Hillary said. "We are thrilled, absolutely thrilled by it, and the funds will go towards the creation of a campaign we are hoping to launch in 2017."
Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and the City of Grand Rapids joined Local First and the West Michigan B Corp community Tuesday afternoon to launch “Good for Grand Rapids,” a campaign that brings together a growing number of West Michigan companies as a force for good.
“Local first is an incredible organization in our community, and they are absolutely essential to supporting small locally own businesses,” Mayor Bliss told WGVU.