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 Remembering Women's history month, groups like the Latina Network of West Michigan are the history makers of today.

Janay Brower started Public Thread to support domestic production and living wages.

Students learn to exercise and perform in the air using silks at Zeal Aerial Fitness.

Skot Welch enriches the community with The Mosaic Film Experience and his work in innovation and diversity.

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 Zena Patillo

Embracing diversity of thought, culture, and experience: One business owner's perspective

Detroit-native and small business owner Zena Patillo shares her story of overcoming obstacles, building social capital, and pushing for continued growth. She shares insights on the changes she’s seen over the past 30 years, as well as opportunities for further advancement when it comes to intentional inclusion within the community.

 Zena Patillo

Abrazando la diversidad de pensamiento, la cultura, y las experiencias: Una perspectiva

Zena Patillo, dueña de una pequeña empresa y nativa de Detroit, comparte su historia de cómo ha podido superar obstáculos, construir capital social e impulsar el crecimiento continuo de su negocio. Ella nos comparte información sobre los cambios que ha visto en los últimos 30 años, así como las oportunidades que existen para un mayor avance cuando se trata con real intención la inclusión dentro de la comunidad.

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Purple corn and "ugly" vegetables: How neighbors build sustainable urban farms

By building urban farms, two women in two different Michigan communities recognize the power of hard work, culturally-appropriate foods, sustainability ... and why even ugly vegetables deserve to be eaten.

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Urban Michigan initiatives recognize racism as major factor in infant and maternal mortality

Statewide, Black babies are three times more likely to die in their first year of life than white babies. But those statistics are even more alarming in many of Michigan's urban centers. Here are a few of the Michigan organizations are working to improve these numbers.

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These Detroiters are introducing newcomers to their city – via text

The new Text a Detroiter service from the Detroit Regional Chamber lets people submit questions about the area to local experts who respond directly through a messaging platform.

Composting saves on food waste and creates value in quality soil.

UIX: The regional business forum driving sustainability on a national scale

About 132,000 tons of food waste winds up in West Michigan landfills every year. The number is even higher for plastics and inorganic waste. Members of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum are working together to drive that number down to zero.

Annie Paul

Rapid Chat: Annie Paul on bakeries, competition, and better baked goods

From bakeries specializing in distinct diets, to shops mastering the art of the perfect croissant; there seems to be a rising trend of sweets and savory specialty bakeries within Grand Rapids, MI. It's a niche market that takes not only passion — but patience — which can be learned through the lens of pastry chef Annie Paul.
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