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Think Local First
PO Box 7961, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
By appointment only
Think Local First Ypsi Mixer
Join Think Local First at MAIZ Mexican Cantina for one of our ongoing series of local mixers bringing area citizens, business owners, and policy makers together to network, enjoy some fantastic local food, and envision together how to continue best building a strong local, living economy. We will hear talks by Maíz owner Jason Branham and Ypsilanti Mayor and growing hope Executive Director Amanda Edmonds and enjoy food from Maiz as well as Think Local First member business Harvest Kitchen. To RSVP to the Facebook event go to click HERE
Think Local First Annual Meeting Dec. 3
Join us for the Think Local First of Washtenaw County annual meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 3 in the Celtic Room at Conor O'Neills, 318 S. Main St. in Ann Arbor. We'll update members on what's been happening with TLF and what we're planning looking ahead, and we'll learn what another successful chapter is doing with guest speaker Elissa Hillary of Think Local Grand Rapids. In addition, we'll have an update on the local procurement legislation moving toward approval by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. Of course we'll have snacks and refreshments!
Think Local First Seeks Executive Director
Think Local First of Washtenaw County is seeking candidates for its Executive Director position. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic, financial and operational responsibility for Think Local First’s programs, member recruitment and retention, achievement of Board-specified goals and execution of its mission. S/he will possess or develop deep knowledge of the Buy Local movement, core programs, operations, and business plans. Click for the job description.
Learn to be a Citizen Journalist with CTN
Learn how to be a reporter, camera operator and editor with CTN’s Kodak Zi8 flip camera. The concept of citizen journalism is based upon public citizens "playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing, and disseminating news and information." Citizens can often report breaking news more quickly than traditional media reporters due to the accessibility to get into their neighborhoods and communities to get the stories that matter to them. Free. Space is limited. Call to reserve your spot: 734.794.6150. Details: www.a2gov.org/ctn.
Venture LOCAL Offers Free Workshops on Local Investing
What will Ann Arbor look like in five years, if it is significantly supported by local capital? Reconsider and Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) are announcing the launch of venture LOCAL -- a local investing awareness, education, and engagement campaign designed to accelerate investment in locally-owned businesses across Washtenaw County. Join the conversation! What to Expect: 5:00 - 5:30 Open connecting 5:30 - 5:45 Setting the Foundation: What is local, what is investing, and what is the MILE Act. 5:45 - 6:45 Answering the one question: World Cafe style 6:45 - 7:00 Check out the results 7:00 - 7:30 Open connecting Watch for your town's Gathering announcement! October 30: Ann Arbor November 19: Dexter December: Manchester January: Saline February: Milan March: Ypsilanti, Chelsea You MUST register to attend, so register now!
Grants, Mentoring for Sustainable Businesses
The Mentor Capital Network (formerly the William James Foundation) is hosting our 12th annual Sustainable Business Plan Competition, and we are looking to help the next great sustainable business entrepreneurs. We've got $60k in prizes and hundreds of mentors to help you get to the next stage. Application deadline Dec 15th. More information at http://www.mentorcapitalnet.org
TLF Sponsors Appleseed Collective @ The Ark 12/4
Think Local First will be sponsor for the upcoming show by local Americana/roots/gypsy jazz band The Appleseed Collective at The Ark in Ann Arbor.TLF supports local music and art as part of our mission to enable and celebrate local, independent business. Tickets are $15 and on sale now at The Ark Website.
Wild Game Dinner to Benefit 826 Michigan Oct. 16
The Ravens Club and edibleWOW Magazine invite you to The 2014 Michigan Wild Game Dinner on October 16, 2014 from 6-10PM at The Ravens Club in Ann Arbor. This unique event features wild game dinners and other delicious foods sourced from local farmers. Host Chef FRANK FEJERAN will be joined by an outstanding list of guest Executive Chefs from southeastern Michigan. The event is presented and sponsored by The Ravens Club. A portion of the proceeds go to 826Michigan.org, the non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the creative and expository writing skills of Michigan students. Only 75 seats are available for this wonderful and entertaining dinner affair. Guest Chefs include BRENNAN CALNIN of the Imperial and Public House, LAMAR FARHAT of Motor City Casino's VIP Dining, NICK JANUTOL of the Forest Grill, and Jeffrey Sartor of the Vellum Restaurant. Special Guest is Master Distiller HARLEN WHEATLEY from Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. Buffalo Trace is the most highly awarded distillery in the United States. There will be a Gift Drawing of an autographed bottle of Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey. TICKETS $100 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets visit: www.trcgameandbourbon.eventbrite.com
Job opening: Abracadabra Jewelers
Abracadabra Jewelry/Gem Gallery, 205 E. Liberty in Ann Arbor, seeks enthusiastic individual for a full time long-term sales position. They must be friendly, personable, self-motivated and eager to learn. The abilities to multi-task and work in a close knit team are paramount. The position requires some evenings and Saturdays. (734) 994-4848, email
LEVERAGING DIVERSITY : AN ACE AGAINST THE "LULL" - ZingTrain
We might call them by different names – the blahs, the blues, the whatevers – but we all have them. Most would agree our businesses, departments and teams have them too! Dr. Lee Meadows calls it “The Lull” and better yet, he calls himself The Lull Doctor! He believes the lull leads to stagnation, disengagement, the loss of human capital and ultimately the loss of competitive advantage. He helps people revive, inspire and innovate as a response to the Lull. In this session, Dr. Meadows will talk about how we can leverage the diversity inherent in our workplaces as an ace against The Lull. $50/person, students and non-profits $25. Register
Dixboro Farm Market and Cars on the Green
Taking place on September 19th, in the heart of the Dixboro Village, the 2nd Annual Cars on the Green auto show will be one of kind experience for the car enthusiast as well as the gastronomic foodie. The event, paired with the Dixboro Farmers' Market, is free and open to the public. Spectators will enjoy the energy of exotic, antique, classic, and one of a kind cars on the Dixboro Village Green. Plenty of free parking is available as well as great food and an amazing community!
Think Local First mixer on the roof at Big George's!
Join Think Local First for a mixer event on Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 530-730 p.m. We'll check out the great green rooftop space above Big George's Home Appliance Mart, talk about our plans for the upcoming Buy Local Week and other events and hear what our members are up to. Free event features live jazz, refreshments and appetizers. Bring a friend who should be part of TLF! Space is limited to 50 people, so please RSVP to
Ann Arbor Film Festival DVD Premiere/Launch Party
Catch the premiere of the Festival's Volume 7 DVD at a launch party on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 9pm at Arbor Brewing Company. As part of WCBN's monthly movie night series, our much loved sister-organization will co-present the first peek at our DVD, award-winning films and other works of interest from the 52nd AAFF. Films include A Million Miles Away by Jennifer Reeder (Eileen Maitland Award), Adeline for Leaves by Jessica Sarah Rinland, Division by Johan Rijpma (Video Data Bank Best Emerging Video Maker Award), and Velocity by Carolina Glusiec (Chris Frayne Best Animated Film Award). Volume 7 will be available for purchase along with previous volumes. Current AAFF members at the Hydrogen and Oxygen levels: be sure to pick up your free copy!
Learn the craft at Tammy's Tastings cocktail classes
Only one week until Tammy's Tastings' long awaited Manhattan Lab! The class is devoted to a single cocktail - we'll take it apart and put it back together again, and you'll have the chance to customize your own unique recipe. This will be a fast paced, focused class that's perfect for the Manhattan aficionado! September 22 - Manhattan Lab The Last Word, 7:30 pm, $45 (light snacks provided) Then, in October, I'll be offering my Fall Cocktails class in two locations. In this survey class you'll taste drinks made with a variety of spirits that highlight the delicious flavors of fall. October 7, Evans Street Station, $40 (food available for purchase) October 13, The Last Word, $45 (light snacks provided) November will feature a gin-focused class (Nov 3) and Better With Bubbles (Nov 17). Registration and class details are on Tammy's website.
Join Think Local First at Homegrown Festival!
Eat local, drink local, be local at Homegrown Festival this Saturday! Ann Arbor Farmer's Market will be the venue from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is free. Volunteers needed during the event, for info see homegrownfestival.org
"Know Your Numbers" Workshop with SDBC -- TLF Members Free!
Michigan Small Business Development Council presents "Know Your Numbers." Learn important keys to using financial statements to maximize cash flow and increase access to capital. Who should attend: -- Experienced business owners -- Key staff who want to have a better understanding of using financial statements in business decisions. -- Understand and plan the working capital to support growth -- Strengthen your partership with your lender Topics include: -- Identify opportunities and challenges with your balance sheet and income statement -- Discuss proven ways to increase your company's cash flow -- Apply breakeven analysis to improve decision making Cost is $25 and includes workbook. No charge for Think Local First members and Fifth Third Bank customers. All participants should register online: Know Your Numbers
B2B Mixer at Bill's Beer Garden
Join fellow Think Local First members, the A2Y Chamber and other Ann Arbor entrepreneurs for a nice summer evening of networking and conversation on the topic of business to business opportunities at the Beer Garden. We'll have hors deuvres and a cash bar for this free event. It's good to get together! Sponsored by Ann Arbor State Bank.
Five Ann Arbor Businesses Team for Room Makeover Contest
Five local businesses active in the greater Ann Arbor community for years are teaming up to bring one lucky Washtenaw County resident a room makeover. Anderson Paint, Ann Arbor Carpets, Delux Drapery, Top of the Lamp and Tribble Painting are accepting entries through July 31. Participant Rules and Regulations: Only one grand prize to be awarded. All entries must be received by July 31, 2014. The winner’s name will be drawn August 25, 2014. Winners name will be posted by August 29, 2014. Anderson Paint will supply Benjamin Moore Aura paint and related items, not to exceed $750 in retail value. Tribble Painting will supply labor to completely paint one room not exceeding 32 hours. Top of the Lamp will supply retail value up to, and not exceed $800 in lighting fixtures. Installation is not included and is the responsibility of the winner. Delux Drapery will supply installation and removal of any existing treatments, not exceeding retail value of $2000. Ann Arbor Carpet will supply flooring and installation not exceeding retail value of $2000. Must be 18 or older to enter contest. Participants can enter contest once at each location to increase odds of winning. Winners must reside within Washtenaw County. Details at each location or andersonpaint.com
Fairies! Fairies! Fairies! at the Sunday Artisan Market
Dress your little fairies in their best wings and head down to the Sunday Artisan Market’s 4th Annual “Fairies at the Market” event. Participate in the Great Fairy Quest treasure hunt through the Artisan Market and Kerrytown Shops for enchanted objects and an invitation to the Fairy Princess reception. Join Fairyologist Jonathan Wright for an informative session on his research into Urban Fairies. Face-painting, fairy photo booth, and lots of crafts will round out activities. Sure to be a fairy fun day for the whole family!
July 14th ~ Townie Party!
Join us Monday at the Original Ann Arbor Art Fair Townie Party! Each year the Original Ann Arbor Art Fair hosts a party to thank the community for putting up with the over 500,000 people who visit the four art fairs. This party is always the Monday before the offical start of the Art Fairs that run from Wednesday through Saturday. We love this party as it is all about the locals! Come find us in the Community Tent across from the fountain in Ingall's Mall. Say hello and pick up some free swag and the latest copy of the 2014 Resource Gudie with the Wastenaw Indie Award winners!
David Sedaris at Literati Bookstore!
Save the Date: David Sedaris will be at Literati on 06/11! Yep. You read that right! He will be IN-STORE! Not at a huge auditorium or an oversized events hall. He will be right downtown in our store at 124 E. Washington! We can't tell you how excited we are for this event. Since this will be the biggest event of the year for our bookstore, we wanted to send you, our loyal customers, the announcement first. Here are some details: - Since we are hosting David in our store (not off-site) -- space is limited for the reading portion of the event. This will be a one-of-a-kind, intimate reading. That said, not everyone will get to attend the reading, BUT EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO MEET DAVID CAN. After the reading, there will be a separate signing line where David will sign his books. - Though tickets to the reading itself are limited, we’ll also have a general signing line open to the public, after the reading, no purchase necessary. David will be happy to meet with and sign for everyone who comes out. So even if you don't get tickets to the reading, you can meet David! More details to follow. We can't wait to see you there!
Nominations close Friday for Washtenaw Indie Awards
Time is now to nominate your favorite local businesses for the Indie Awards! Information at this link!
Retail is Alive and Well!
...The key development in the Fourth and Washington explosion may have been the opening of Literati last April, right on the corner of the two streets. Ingrid Ault, executive director of Think Local First, says the bookstore has provided an "anchor" for the block. "Once people are in the area, by virtue of walking by and being intrigued by walking through an interesting community that does not look like everybody else's, there's an anchor effect that comes from having to get to that destination," Ault says. "You'll find more interesting shops on the way to get there." Missed it? Click here to read the rest!
Roos Roast is hiring!
Roos Roast - Free Speech Coffee SEEKS KILLER BARISTA! Do you have what it takes to work at RoosRoast, the place where you will need to discuss origins of coffee, the story behind our 1957 Metro Van, say hello to three people who just walked in the door, serve up a croissant, and make the most killer espresso all in one beat? They are deeply committed to Ann Arbor and its local business community, Michigan, and the people who provide the product we stand behind. And we're now looking for a few great people. Send your resume and cover letter, subject line "Killer Barista" to:
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Seva has moved!
Seva Restaurant is open for business! They have successfully relocated to the Westgate Shopping Center bringing some of the same items on the walls of their old location to their new location. You'll find the same delicious menu amongst the stain glass windows and watercolor artwork that adorned the walls.
June 28th ~ 2014 Washtenaw Indie Awards Celebration
Washtenaw Indie Awards! This is the communities opportunity to speak up and honor the small independently owned businesses that are the fabric of our community. If you have an opinion of who should be recognized as an exceptional business, this is your moment to nominate them! Here are the categories: The Washtenaw Soul Award: A business that represents the unique spirit of Washtenaw County by celebrating diversity, creativity, is confident in their individuality and supports their community. The Big Leap Award: A business that "took the leap" and successfully created a new idea, model, or solution despite all the risks. The Hidden Gem Award: This is a great business that is overlooked and more people should know about. Community care award: This non-profit stands out for the clarity of its mission, the dedication of its volunteers, and its long-term impact to the citizens at large. How Does This Work? The Think Local First board of directors will consider all nominations and compile a list of finalists. A panel of local business experts will select the winners. Each category winner will be featured in a full page spread in the July issue of The Ann celebrating “Independents Month”. Runners up will also be recognized in the magazine and all nominees will be celebrated at the tent party at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Winners and runners up will be announced on stage at the festival on June 28th! Nominations are being accepted at the Think Local First website at this link, www.thinklocalfirst.net or by clicking here. Deadline is 5 pm on Friday May 16, 2014.
June 14th ~ Josh White at The Ark!
A folk legend and a unique local resource Josh White Jr. describes himself as a secular, folk/blues, pop, jazz vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, actor, adult and children's concert performer and recording artist, teacher, and social activist. He carries forward the musical legacy of his father, who brought a taste of the blues to New York's folk scene and then to the whole world in the 1930s and 1940s. Josh Jr. grew up performing on stage with his father, and he can take you back to personal encounters with the likes of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Langston Hughes, Paul Robeson, Bojangles, Leadbelly, Joe Louis, Woody Guthrie, Billie Holiday, Pete Seeger, Dorothy Gish, Burl Ives, Odetta, Miriam Makeba, and Nina Simone. He has continued to record music ranging from folk to country to kids' music, and his most latest, "Tuning for the Blues," delved into some classics of the blues genre. Josh White Jr. is a longtime resident of southeastern Michigan and a real local resource. Buy your tickets for $20 at this link!
June 13th ~ The Mayor's Green Fair
The 14th annual Mayor's Green Fair on Main Street is Friday, June 13, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. During the annual Green Fair, Downtown Main Street will be open to pedestrians for free entertainment and over 100 exhibits with local environmental information and hands-on activities for youth. Along with our booth you'll find: Environmental Leaders, a Clean Energy Expo, Green Commuting Options, WasteKnot Business Partners, and more. Come find us and pick up some free swag! No matter that the wether is, WE WILL BE THERE RAIN OR SHINE!
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