About Us

The Band of Locals is a community minded program banding together to support our locally owned Mecosta, Osceola and Montcalm County businesses. With these blue wrist bands, you the consumer, will receive unlimited savings and discounts as there is no expiration date.

Pick up your Band of Locals Blue Bands for $10.00 at at the Old Pioneer Store 118 N Michigan Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307 and Mecosta County Convention & Visitors Bureau 127 S State St, Big Rapids, MI 49307!

Our Mission

Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms -- continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.(Click here to see summaries of a variety of economic impact studies; these include case studies showing that locally-owned businesses generate a premium enhanced economic impact to the community and our tax base.) 

Where we shop, where we eat and have fun -- all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit.

SUPPORT LOCAL - Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future. 


One of the first images after the Band of Locals was established