Nonprofit honoring Good For Michigan winners


Javier Olvera, president, Supermercado Mexico. Courtesy Good For Michigan/Corriveau Photography

A nonprofit is celebrating eight local businesses for being Good For Michigan.

Good For Michigan is a program of the Local First Educational Foundation. The initiative offers resources and best practices training for businesses working toward sustainability and social good.

The businesses being honored are among more than 100 across the state that have taken the Quick Impact Assessment, which measures a company’s social, environmental and economic impacts.

All the businesses honored this year are based in the Grand Rapids area.

The second-annual Good for Michigan Awards is scheduled for April 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids, at 1703 Robinson Rd. SE.

At the event, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss will speak about the city's involvement with the initiative and share her hopes for Michigan's future.

Also scheduled is a post-ceremony reception with refreshments.

Tickets are $40 for Good For Michigan members and $45 for non-members.

Good For Employees


United Bank of Michigan: offers health care and "above-living-wage" compensation, as well as a comprehensive employee review process that includes achievable goals and career development guidance, which has led to a high rate of employee satisfaction and low turnover.

Honorable Mention

Creston Brewery: pays a “living wage,” offers health care options and flexible scheduling and has a low disparity between its highest- and lowest-paid employees.

Good For Governance


Array of Engineers: includes code of ethics as part of its training program for all employees; practices transparent finances, which are communicated to staff quarterly; and mandates a performance review with management that sets social and environmental goals.

Honorable Mention

Forty Acres Soul Kitchen: dedicated to having a diverse staff and has created a mission statement and corporate governing documents, which include the commitment to positive social and environmental impacts.

Good For Environment


Supermercado Mexico: made significant improvements to an existing space, including adding Energy Star appliances, programmable thermostats, motion sensors and new windows and lighting.

Honorable Mention

Public Thread: sources many raw materials from local suppliers, certified in one or more green building programs and implemented energy conservation practices.

Good For Community


The Sunday Dinner Group: donates a high percentage of its profits and employs many individuals from underrepresented populations, maintains long relationships with suppliers and vendors and has “intentional and impactful” banking practices.

Honorable Mention

San Chez Bistro: purchases from small and neighborhood businesses and implements volunteering incentives for staff.

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