GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Business leaders from around the country are in Grand Rapids this week to stress the importance of having strong locally owned businesses.
It's part of the tenth annual BALLE Business Conference. BALLE stands for Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. This is the first time the conference is being held in Grand Rapids.
The conference focuses on the economic and environmental advantages of buying from local stores and businesses.
Local First of Grand Rapids is hosting the conference, which started Tuesday with tours of West Michigan businesses known for using sustainable methods, as well as members of the furniture industry. You can click on the above link to learn more details about the conference, which does still have tickets available.
West Michigan was chosed to host the conference because it has a reputation for having both green businesses and a strong committment to supporting locally owned companies.
The five day conference includes dozens of seminars, guest speakers and breakout sessions. It's being described as a crash course on how to rebuild your community and business.