Support LocaL Business

Local Business Supports Local People

Every dollar you spend is a vote for the type of world you want. When you support a locally-owned business, 68% of your money stays in our community and recirculates to create jobs and build a self-reliant economy. It’s also a way to reintegrate our lives and connect in practical ways with the people we live and work with.

Buying local benefits your entire local community.

When you support a locally-owned business, 68% of your money stays in our community.

That means new jobs, new wages, and community wealth.

This builds wealth for everyone, and the money recirculates to create jobs and build a self-reliant economy.

Which leads to less stress, and happier, healthier neighbors.

This builds stronger connections and deepens our roots in practical ways with the people we live and work with.

Voice Your Support

Whether you’re a business or consumer, you have a voice and a network. Become an advocate for your local businesses and inspire others to work towards a People First Economy.

When you support local,

68%

of your money stays in our community

Every dollar you spend is a vote for the type of world you want

Higher percentages of locally owned businesses mean

communities are healthier

by nearly every social, environmental, and economic indicator.

Why Local Matters

Every dollar you spend is a vote for the type of world you want. When you support a locally-owned business, 68% of your money stays in our community and recirculates to create jobs and build a self-reliant economy. It’s also a way to reintegrate our lives and connect in practical ways with the people we live and work with.

How We Help

Local First leads 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. We connect businesses, people, and resources.

One part of a bigger movement

Local First is a West Michigan specific program create by our parent organization, People First Economy. We 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.