Brad Teachout, general manager of Bistro Bella Vita, holds Essence Restaurant Group’s Mover & Shaker LocalMotion award from Local First. Photo via fb.com
Local First handed out six LocalMotion awards Tuesday night at the Goei Center.
The awards recognize businesses and individuals that made a positive and significant impact on the local economy in 2012.
LocalMotion nominees were selected through an open call to the public by Local First. Any business that is locally owned, locally headquartered and not publicly traded was eligible for nomination. Individuals eligible for an award must reside in West Michigan.
Once nominations closed, nominees were asked to complete an application, and then an independent committee comprised of past winners and community sustainability leaders chose the winners.
More than 130 nominations were made, and 80 nominees completed the application process.
Local First is a Grand Rapids-based nonprofit that supports sustainable economic development in the region
“The LocalMotion Awards shine a spotlight on businesses and individuals working to strengthen our local economy, while making it more sustainable,” said Elissa Hillary, executive director of Local First. “The winners provide inspiring and practical examples of ways each of us can create positive change.”
The LocalMotion winners for 2012 are below.
The Triple Bottom Line, Up & Coming Business
Presented to a locally owned company that demonstrated a strong commitment to the TBL — either through successful outcomes or innovative programs. Must be in business between two and five years.
The Triple Bottom Line, Longstanding Business
Presented to a locally owned company that demonstrated a strong commitment to the TBL — either through successful outcomes or innovative programs. Must be in business longer than five years.
The Mover & Shaker Award
Essence Restaurant Group (Bistro Bella Vita, The Green Well, Grove)
Awarded to the business that demonstrated a significant shift in its supply chain to local over the past twelve months.
The Local Hero Award
Christine Helms-Maletic (fundraiser for Fulton Street Farmers Market)
Presented to an individual or family who has demonstrated a significant shift towards local purchasing and sustainable living.
The Change Agent Award
Presented to a locally owned business or organization that is growing successfully and can be credited for revitalizing a neighborhood or business corridor.
The Guy Bazzani Local Legacy Award
Jaye Van Lenten (owner, Spirit Dreams)
Recognizing lifetime achievement, the award honors an individual or business dedicated to promoting locally owned businesses and sustainable business practices in West Michigan.