Author: Jennifer Miller

June 2019 Coffee Meet-up: Making Neighborhood Events Work for Your Business

June’s installment of Local First Lexington’s Coffee Meet-Up series will be held next Friday morning, June 14 at Martine’s Pastries. Our topic is Making Neighborhood Events Work for Your Business. Our local expert this month is Chad Walker, from Walker Properties and The Warehouse Block, which will host The Warehouse Block Party next month. Summer festival and block party season is here! From business association events like Southland Street Fair 2019 and Chevy Chase Shops Street Fair to nonprofit festivals like Woodland Art Fair and Lexington Roots & Heritage Festival, summer happenings can bring crowds to your neighborhood. Let’s talk...

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April Coffee Meet-up: Building Community through Social Media

April’s installment of Local First Lexington’s Coffee Meet-Up series will be held Friday morning, April 12. Our topic is Building Community through Social Media. Our local expert this month is Dr. Kinga Mnich, a business consultant and social psychologist. Public Speaker  Empowerment Coach Photographer  Helping social entrepreneurs find their niche and grow their business  At the Coffee Meet-Up, bring your horror stories, your successes and at least one idea that has worked for your business or nonprofit organization. This is not a class, but colleagues getting together to spur one another on. Bring an idea, a question, or even a real struggle that your business...

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2019 Election of New Local First Lexington Board Members

Local First Lexington presents six candidates for election to the LFL Board of Directors for two-year terms beginning in April 2018. Current members of LFL can vote for one to six candidates via SurveyMonkey: Each Local First Lexington member (business or nonprofit organization) is eligible to vote once. Voting begins at noon on Monday, March 25, 2019 and ends at 5pm on Thursday, April 4, 2019. The candidates are, in alphabetical order: Megan VanDyke Griffith (LFUCG and 8FIVE9 Designs) Charla Hamilton (International Book Project) Brandon Judd (The Burl and The Burl Arcade) Katie Moore (723 Vapor and 723 CBD) Calvin Penn (nonprofit and political organizer) Dan Wu (Atomic Ramen) Below are excerpts from each candidate’s application to serve on the LFL Board of Directors: MEGAN VANDYKE GRIFFITH Attorney, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Owner, 8FIVE9 Designs Why do you want to serve? I want to serve on the Local First Board of Directors to increase awareness of the impact of shopping local on our community. Being intentional and mindful of where and how we spend our money allows our local business community to become successful. Those businesses have a face behind the name, and many of them are our family, friends and neighbors. By Educating the community on how exactly their purchasing decisions affects small business, and our community as a whole, is the first step to success. I LOVE Lexington and would be honored to help it become...

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LFL Board of Directors Elections

LFL-Board-Application-Form-2019 (PDF) Board Member Application (Google document)  Are you passionate about encouraging consumers to Buy Local? Do you have experience leading organizations or projects? Can you commit 6-8 hours a month to collaborations that help independent, locally owned businesses? If you answered yes to all three questions, Local First Lexington would love for you to consider joining our Board of Directors! At our reception on Wednesday, March 13, you can chat with current LFL board members and other potential new board members. We would love to talk with you about why local nonprofits and businesses are so vital to...

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March 2019 Coffee Meet-up

March’s installment of Local First Lexington’s Coffee Meet-Up series will be held at Beach House – Caribbean Coffee & Tapas. Our topic is Building an Inclusive Workforce. Our local expert this month is Annette Jett, Executive Director of Build Inclusion. The nonprofit organization’s mission: “to build natural networks and community access for persons with disabilities through the power of education, engagement and employment.” Annette will also share information about Inclusion Palooza, a festival at MoonDance Amphitheater on April 27. #InclusionPalooza was first hosted in 2018, in an effort to bring people together and celebrate our differences and similarities through...

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