In 2004, a group composed of long-time local business owners, new business owners, and community members began to meet and talk about their concern that it was becoming more and more difficult for locally owned businesses to survive in this area.
This group shared a common belief that strong communities begin with businesses that are part of the fabric of our community, and that express their connection to and respect for their community in their choices of goods and services and the way in which these are provided.
To strengthen these locally owned businesses, the group formed a non-profit called the Living Economy Network (LEN). Recently, LEN decided to launch a 'Think Local First' campaign to help promote and support these locally owned businesses, who have deep roots in the community, and have a long term commitment towards making Ann Arbor a great place to work and live.
For more information on this campaign and the work of LEN, please visit: www.ThinkLocalFirst.net