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Fork Fest

Fork Fest

Thursday, October 26
5:00-9:00pm
Romence Gardens & Greenhouses
265 Lakeside Drive NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Price: $40 | $45 at the door | $65 VIP | $15 for guests aged 11-15 | Free for guests 10 and under

Community Event

Celebrate the local harvest at this community-favorite event. Come on out to Romence Gardens & Greenhouses for an evening filled with local food and drink from over 40 local vendors. 

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A Place-Based Approach to Impact Investing: Stories from the Boston Impact Initiative

A Place-Based Approach to Impact Investing: Stories from the Boston Impact Initiative

Monday, October 30
8:30-10:00am
Eberhard Center
301 W. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI

Price: FREE

Community Event

West Michigan’s stability depends on the strength and resilience of all its communities. Entrepreneurs are an essential part of our economy and they deserve equal access to the asset capital it takes to start…

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Building a People-First Economy

Building a People-First Economy

Monday, October 30
6:00-8:00pm
Linc Up Gallery
341 Hall St SE
Grand Rapids, MI
(Entrances on Hall and Madison)

Price: FREE

Community Event

In partnership with Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Frey Foundation, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Local First is excited to welcome Deborah Frieze and Aaron Tanaka.

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Bo Burlingham at the Econ Club

Bo Burlingham at the Econ Club

Monday, November 6
12:00-1:30pm
JW Marriott International Ballroom
235 Louis St NW
Grand Rapids, MI

Price: $35 for Local First Members and Friends

Community Event

Local First members and friends are invited to this exclusive Econ Luncheon event.

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The Art of Celebrated Service featuring Small Giants: Choosing to be Great

The Art of Celebrated Service featuring Small Giants: Choosing to be Great

Monday, November 6
3:00-5:00m
Celebration! Cinema North
2121 Celebration Drive Northeast
Grand Rapids, MI

Price: $20 for Local First Members; $30 for non-members

Community Event

Local First, Mercantile Bank and Celebration! Cinema are excited to bring the book's author, Bo Burlingham to speak at the annual ‘Art of Celebrated Service’ event.

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Elissa Hillary’s 10th Anniversary Party

Elissa Hillary’s 10th Anniversary Party

Wednesday, November 8
6:00-8:30pm
Vander Mill
505 Ball Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI

Price: $125

Community Event

Bring your memories, stories, and reflections of the last 10 years of Local First. We're celebrating the past, present, and future of the organization and the people who made it possible.

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Measure What Matters Mixer - November

Measure What Matters Mixer - November

Thursday, November 16
5:30-7:30pm
The Image Shoppe
756 Fulton W Ste. 202
Grand Rapids, MI

Price: Free

Community Event

Tour The Image Shoppe's new space and hear their journey to using business as a force for good.

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Beer City Runner (inexpensive beer tour)

Saturday, October 28 @ 12:00 pm