A Local Treasure is a locally-owned business or organization that has brought something special into your life. It could be your favorite ice cream shop, bookstore, or coffee joint. The museum you go to with your kids or the place you take your car for repair. It is the place you tell your friends about and the place you take your out of town guests to visit. A Local Treasure is unique. It is one of a kind. And it contributes to your quality of life and to our community in a meaningful way.
West Michigan is home to a wide variety of locally-owned businesses – they are part of our community’s local treasure! Did you know that:
The Local Treasure campaign has been organized by Local First, a nonprofit organization that fosters the development of an economy, grounded in local ownership, which functions in harmony with our ecosystem, meets the basic needs of our people, encourages joyful community life, and builds wealth.
For more info about Local First check out www.localfirst.com.
More money stays in West Michigan when consumers choose locally owned and independent businesses.1,600
Shift $1 in $10 towards local businesses and help create 1,600 jobs in Kent county alone.$1
Shift $1 in $10 towards local businesses and you could help create $140 Million in new economic impact350%
On average, local businesses donate 350% more than national & global businesses