For Vivant, becoming a B Corp was a natural extension of what they do as a business: making great local & seasonal food/beer and gathering people together over them both. This commitment to community is carried out every day in the pub – and also through their charitable giving, both in dollars and time (they have a big goal 200 employee volunteer hours/year and have already hit 150 hours!)
“Being a B Corp gives us more to think about as a company and inspires us to reach and stretch. From offering employees affordable healthcare, retirement planning, and profit sharing, to volunteering in the community, working towards operating at zero waste, and donating 10% of profits to charitable causes, we want Brewery Vivant to serve as a beacon not only in the beer industry, but also elevating the business community as a whole” - Kris Spaulding, owner of Brewery Vivant.
To find out more about Brewery Vivant’s commitment to community and sustainability – check out their "Beer the Change" annual report here.
You can try Brewery Vivant beer and food at their pub located on Cherry Street, and you can sample their fare at Fork Fest this Thursday.
Fall is a beautiful season in West Michigan as the air becomes cooler and leaves on the trees transform from green to orange, red and yellow. With West Michigan being home to the Fruit Ridge – one of the best fruit-growing regions in the world – there is an abundance of orchards and farms to explore and plenty of apples and fresh cider to enjoy during the fall season.
Whether you operate a restaurant or retail store, you likely accept credit cards. But are you offering gift cards to your customers? With the rise in technology, especially on the mobile side, there is much more to gift cards today than just a plastic card!
From the statewide roll out of Good for Michigan to celebrating Local First’s 15th Anniversary to kicking off our annual Fork Fest in the fall, 2018 was an exciting year for Local First, our members, and community partners.