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Good for Grand Rapids

FAQs

What is “Good for Grand Rapids?”

“Good for Grand Rapids” is a Local First initiative that brings together and celebrates companies using business as a force for good. These companies have a demonstrated commitment to positive environmental and social change in Grand Rapids and beyond. “Good for Grand Rapids” inspires, equips and celebrates Grand Rapids companies that create high-quality jobs, stronger communities and a healthier Great Lakes region. It offers resources and best practices for sustainability and social good. “Good for Grand Rapids” welcomes and encourages all companies to participate, even if they don’t decide to become a certified B-Corp.

Why is Local First leading the “Good for Grand Rapids” campaign?

Local First is West Michigan’s leading resource for companies looking to make a positive impact in their community. Through “Good for Grand Rapids,” Local First is equipping businesses with the tools they need to use their business as a force for good, and celebrating them for making a positive impact in the community.

Why should my company participate in “Good for Grand Rapids?”

“Good for Grand Rapids” brings together a growing number of companies with a demonstrated commitment to positive environmental and social change in Grand Rapids and beyond. Any company that is interested in learning how to make a positive social and environmental impact in the community is welcome to participate. 

How does my company participate in “Good for Grand Rapids?”

Throughout the year, “Good for Grand Rapids” will be offering opportunities and resources for businesses that want to learn and do more. These include educational workshops and networking events - more information coming soon at localfirst.com/events. Local First also encourages all companies to take the Quick Impact Assessment where any business can get a snapshot that measures and quantifies the positive impact they’re making in their local community - for free! 

What is Local First’s Quick Impact Assessment?

To help businesses grow and improve, Local First has pioneered a Quick Impact Assessment. This is a 60-minute assessment that measures dozens of best practices on employee, community and environmental impact. Business owners can also see how they stack up with other businesses nationally.  

This assessment is ideal for businesses that are interested in learning about how they can use their business to make a positive social and environmental impact in their community.  

How long does it take to take the Quick Impact Assessment?

Local First’s Quick Impact Assessment can be completed in 60 minutes.

What type of business can participate in “Good for Grand Rapids?”  

Local First encourages all businesses of all sizes and industries to participate. A diverse range of West Michigan businesses are already participating in “Good for Grand Rapids,” from an engineering firm to a brewery to restaurants to a housing development company to design firms and more.