Where else are you able to get together with business owners from around the West Michigan area to learn, listen and share about your own business? The Local First Insight Conference is all about doing just that. Talk about a "who's who" of West Michigan, check out the list of people and businesses that participated:
- Emily Loeks of Celebration Cinema
- Amy Ruis of Art of the Table and Apertivo
- Trevor Corlett and Ryan Knapp of Madcap Coffee
- Shelby Kibler of Field & Fire Bakery
- James Mikrit of Icon Sign
- Tammy Vandenberg of The Meanwhile & Pyramid Scheme
- Bill Smith of CompuCraft
- Dan Broersma of Herman Miller
- Steve Faber of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks
- Cory & Tarra Davis of Daddy Pete's BBQ
- Graham Walt of SalonCentric
- Ross Deisler of BenePAY
- Elliott Rader of the GFB (Gluten Free Bar)
- Nick Davidson of Cinerrific!
(And there are many more, these are just the ones I can recall. If you'd like me to add you to the list, please let me know by contacting me through our site here.)
The number of ideas and strategies discussed were too many to write down. If you'd like a recap of some of the days most talked about ideas, check out the Twitter feed.
This conference is everything that's right about West Michigan. It brings together different industries, different demographics and businesses both young and "older", but the goal is the same. Make West Michigan the best place to own and operate a business, not just for the owner, but for the employees and the community as well. Do something unique!
I wanted to capture the great environment of the Bissell Tree House at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids for the event. This is the first time this event was held at the Tree House and it was a huge success. If you'd like to see what a wedding at the Bissell Tree House looks like, not just a business event, check out our Bissell Tree House weddings on our site.
If you're planning an upcoming event, ask your planning committee, "do we have someone to capture photos at the event?" You're spending all kinds of time making sure the event is a hit. Be sure to have great images that can the folks who were not there about it!
If you would like to see the complete gallery, be sure to visit the gallery online. If you would like access to the photos online, please contact me as well.