Appreciating the Past While Looking to the Future: Takeaways From the Annual Meeting

Last month, I attended Local First’s Annual Meeting. This was my first time attending this event and I did not know what exactly to expect. As with all Local First events, I was looking forward to networking and having the opportunity to engage with fellow local business owners. I was not disappointed.

Not only was I able to connect with colleagues and meet new people, the presentation itself was enlightening. As Local First approaches their 15-year anniversary, they used this as an opportunity to reflect and acknowledge the hard-working individuals that have helped them become the organization they are today.

In learning more about their story, here are three things that resonated with me –

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    When it comes to new concepts, learn through experience. I am a firm believer in getting your hands dirty and trying to figure something out before giving up. Looking back from the early days of Local First until now, this has been a strategy that’s been implemented successfully.

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    Being reluctant to change is not an option. Local First has been willing to try new things and, at times, be the first ones to do so. Apparently, it is not unheard of to hear ‘let’s just pilot this’ in their office. This can be seen in play right now. Grand Rapids was the pilot city for the Quick Impact Assessment (QIA). Since it was launched, it has been completed by approximately 70 local businesses. If that isn’t impressive enough, the QIA has now been taken by 30k companies globally.

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    Consider what type of leader you are and the impact you can have. We all can have an impact and leave our imprint on those around us. Whether it is through conceptualizing revolutionary ideas, serving as a voice for those around us or seeing plans through to their culmination, we all have a role to play. Think about where you see yourself. What is important to you and how are you making a difference every day?

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At the conclusion of the Annual Meeting, the Good For Grand Rapids awards were announced. We’re looking forward to hearing more about the finalists and how they are impacting our community at the March 8th awards reception!

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