Local First Releases West Michigan Business Nominees for the 4th Annual LocalMotion Awards

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 The 4th Annual LocalMotion Award winners will be announced at Local First's Annual Meeting at the Goei Center on January 28, 2014. Nominations were open to the public in the fall. Winners will be selected from the below nominees by a committee of local business and community leaders.

"We have an excellent group of nominees for LocalMotion Awards this year. These businesses and individuals are pillars in our community. They lead the way in sustainability, collaboration, and neighborhood revitalization, and demonstrate how to truly live local. With their contributions, West Michigan is a better place," said Elissa Hillary, Executive Director of Local First. "We're looking forward to awarding some of these outstanding businesses at our Annual Meeting."

The LocalMotion Awards began in 2011 as a way to promote best business practices and recognize the achievements of local businesses and individuals in our community.

For a description of each award and previous winners, click here: http://www.localfirst.com/about/localmotion_awards/

The Annual Meeting will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres from various local business and beer and wine from Art of the Table. Music will be performed by Marcel & Cindy of Under the Sun. Everyone is welcome to attend this event, particularly community leaders, business owners, and Local First stakeholders.

Tickets are $30 and available online until Monday January 28 at noon. Tickets will be available at the door as well. To view food/drink vendors and purchase tickets, click here: http://www.localfirst.com/events/annual-meeting-localmotion-awards

2014 Nominees: 

(Triple Bottom Line, Mover & Shaker, and/or Change Agent)

616 Lofts & 616 Development 

Allegro Coaching LLC

Alliance for Environmental Sustainability 



Aquinas College

Art of the Table

Bartertown Diner

Beene Garter, LLP

Brewery Vivant

Butch’s Dry Dock

Celebration! Cinema


Coast 3 


Connie’s Cakes

Crane Dance Farms

Downtown Market Grand Rapids

Eighth Day Farm

Eikenhout, Inc.

EPS Security

Essence Restaurant Group

Flavor616 Magazine

Founders Brewing Co.

Globe Design & Vision

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum 


Homes of Hope

I Love Bread and Butter

Image Design, LLC


Jeffrey Richard Salon

John Boros Productions

Koeze Company

Lantern Coffee Bar and Lounge

Lemonjello’s Coffee 

Meritage Hospitality Group

Montello Meat Market

New Holland Brewing Co.

Nourish Organic Market

Pfeiffer Lincoln

Presto Print

Simpatico Coffee





The Green Well

 “The Nest” (Homes of Hope)

The Winchester

Tree House Community Garden

Triumph Music Academy

Twisted Rooster

Uptown Kitchen

Vigh Landscape


Wylie Electric Motor Service

Local Hero 2014 Nominees:

Cindy Brown (Hello West Michigan)

Dan Pfeiffer (Pfeiffer Lincoln)

Daniel Melnyk

Erin & Amy Wilson (Wealthy Theatre)

Holly Bechiri (The Rapidian)

Jamiel Robinson (Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses)

Jason Spaulding (Brewery Vivant)

Keith Charak & Sue McIlwaine (Sherwood Forest Bed & Breakfast)

Luke Malski (Local Harvest)

Louis Wm. Romence Family (Romence Gardens & Greenhouses)

Marie Catrib (Marie Catrib’s)

Mark Rumsey

Melissa Hillman (Showspan)

Mike Chase (Eikenhout, Inc.)

Reb Roberts & Carmel Loftis (Sanctuary Folk Art) 

Rob McCarty (The Image Shoppe)

Rod Glupker (Flavor616 Magazine)

Seth Getz (Business Mastery) 

Sue Stauffacher (StirthepotGR)

Tony Larson (Montello Meat Market)

Photo: Change Agent Award winner, 2013, LINC




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