FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Local First Presents First-Ever LocalMotion Awards
Local First Names Lifetime Achievement Award After Founder Guy Bazzani
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February 2, 2011. GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Local First named its first-ever award recipients during night’sLocal First Annual Meeting & LocalMotion Awards at the Goei Center. The LocalMotion Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the West Michigan economy by businesses, organizations and individuals — particularly those whose commitment to local business ownership, sustainability and neighborhood revitalization has had a pronounced impact on the region. Presenting the awards were Local First board secretary Craig Clark, of Clark Communications, and board member Sarah Lachman, of Miller Johnson. Award winners, selected by special committee from more than 40 public nominations, are:
Atomic Object | The Change Agent Award
This award recognizes a locally owned business or organization that is growing successfully and has made a significant contribution toward the revitalization of a neighborhood or business corridor.
Steve Faber | The Local Hero Award
This award recognizes an individual or family that has demonstrated a significant shift toward local purchasing and sustainable living.
Wealthy Theatre | The Mover & Shaker Award
This award recognizes a locally owned business that has accomplished a significant shift toward local supply chains in the past year.
Curtis Cleaners | The Triple Bottom Line Award (10+ Years in Business)
This award recognizes a locally owned business that has demonstrated a strong commitment to the Triple Bottom Line (economy, environment and society).
MadCap Coffee | The Triple Bottom Line Award (<10 Years in Business)
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In recognition of his vision and lifelong dedication to Local First and its mission in West Michigan, Local First honored Guy Bazzani, founder and former board chair, with the Local Legacy Award — a tribute that the organization announced will be named in his honor. The first-ever Guy Bazzani Local Legacy Award was then awarded to Rob McCarty & The Image Shoppe in recognition of a lifetime of service to the organization and its mission. Clark drew attention to The Image Shoppe’s longtime involvement in Local First marketing efforts, noting that “almost everything — from the organization’s logo to the promotional materials for this very event — has been created by The Image Shoppe.”
“Local First is thrilled to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our local business community with the first-ever LocalMotion Awards, and we congratulate all nominees and winners,” said Elissa Hillary, Executive Director at Local First. “Beginning an awards program eight years into our organization’s history wasn’t easy with so many deserving businesses and individuals. So as we celebrate, it’s important to remember and acknowledge all those in West Michigan whose ongoing commitment to local business ownership, sustainability, and neighborhood revitalization is moving us forward.”
Despite the severe weather, more than 150 business owners and community leaders attended last night’s Local First Annual Meeting & LocalMotion Awards. Hosted in the beautiful Goei Center, the event offered attendees the opportunity to help chart Local First’s future direction and featured exclusive catering by nine local restaurants and live entertainment by Hawks and Owls.
Local First is a nonprofit organization supporting local business ownership in West Michigan. Representing nearly 600 local business members, Local First is the largest “Buy Local” organization in the Midwest and the 3rd largest per capita in the United States. For more information on Local First and its efforts to promote a local living economy in West Michigan, please visit www.localfirst.com.
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