Our Vision is Possible. Help Us Make It a Reality.

Local First is 501c3 nonprofit organization that relies upon the generous contributions of individuals, businesses and grantmaking organizations. Your generous contribution of $25, $50, $100 or more allows us to continue fighting for West Michigan’s local businesses, communities and environment. Please join us. Thank you for your support.

At the heart of Local First’s mission is our commitment to local business ownership and sustainability in West Michigan - and beyond. We believe in the power of local ownership and responsible business practices to transform communities, and we want to help. But we can’t do it without you.

Take Ownership of Your Community. Support Local First.

Join the most successful ‘Buy Local’ campaign in the Midwest - Local First. Each and every day, we’re working to build a sustainable, local living economy in West Michigan in which together we:

  • Think Local First
  • Increase Self-Reliance
  • Share Prosperity
  • Build Community
  • Work with Nature
  • Celebrate Diversity
  • Measure What Matters

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Local First
955 Wealthy St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Questions? Call Local First at 616.808.3788 | Thank You!

Calling All Captains of Industry!

“One reason for growing public interest in local investment is the spread of ‘buy local’ campaigns, a movement that is more than just local hucksterism. Consider the title of an article in a recent issue of Time: ‘Buying Local: How It Boosts the Economy.’ Cutting-edge economic developers ... increasingly recognize the importance of strengthening locally owned, small businesses.”

Michael Shuman, author of The Small-Mart Revolution

Local First continually seeks local business partners to support its work toward a local, living economy in West Michigan. To make a corporate donation, please contact Meghan Disselkoen, Development Director, at For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Hanna Schulze, Program & Events Coordinator, at

The Local First Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible in the United States.