That idea is one of the fundamental values that BALLE holds dear and something that was on display at their annual conference last week. It was my second time attending and I was again inspired, delighted and given hope that the work Local First, and other entrepreneurs around the country are doing is important, and making a difference.
My biggest takeaway from the conference was how important our relationships are. Recognizing that we are all in relationship, not only with each other as humans but with the place we live and the environment as a whole. What happens to one of us, happens to all of us. We all feel the ramifications. The conference highlighted the work that so many people are doing to build and cultivate those relationships. Our relationship with the soil which provides the food that nourishes us daily. Our relationship with our local businesses owners who are creating a unique and sustainable economy and our relationship with our oppressed brothers and sisters around the country who are fighting against injustice for the rights so many of us enjoy.
Building relationships is the most important part of my job at Local First. The conference helped me not only recognize where critical relationship building needs to take place, but also ideas on how to engage and a glimpse of the beautiful world we can create when we do.
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.
The Midwest Tech Project has partnered with Theta Ventures to organize the 1st Annual "City Hacks GR" Tech Weekend & Hackathon Sept. 14th-17th.
After much work and anticipation, Revalue announced that they will have a second round of Michigan's local investor education initiative, under the name Grubstake.
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!