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LocalMotion Awards

The LocalMotion Awards began in 2011 as a way to promote best business practices and recognize the achievements of local businesses and individuals. It continues to be a way to showcase entrepreneurs who are using their business as a force for good. This means doing outstanding work in sustainability, helping make our community more vibrant and resilient, and strengenthing our local economy. In 2018, we will honor Lakeshore business owners at the Lakeshore Annual Meeting in February. Grand Rapids business owners will be recognized at the first Good for Grand Rapids Awards in March. 

Any local business in West Michigan that fits our membership criteria is eligible (does not have to be a member of Local First). Recipients are selected based on the results of their Quick Impact Assessment (QIA). All nominees will be asked to fill out the QIA, which measures business practices from the triple bottom line such as environmental impact, charitable gifts, and employee satisfaction. 

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Previous winners include: 
616 Development
ACT PhotoMedia
Amy Ruis
Atomic Object
Bing Goei
Brewery Vivant
Butch's Dry Dock
C2C Gallery
Christine Helms-Melatic
Curtis Cleaners
Dwelltech Solutions
EcoBuns Baby + Co.
Essence Restaurant Group
​Founders Brewing Co.
Gazelle Sports
Jamiel Robinson
Jaye Van Lenten
JoJo's House of Beauty
Julie and Pat Wise
Laurie Beard
Lemonjello's Coffee
Love's Ice Cream
Madcap Coffee
Managment Business Solutions
Mindful Vinyasa School of Yoga
Mixed Staffing
Ninth Bridge
The Rapid
Rapid Green Group
Rob McCarty 
Steve Faber
Tami Vandenberg
Wealthy Theatre
Welcome West