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Women fill the gaps: Training and empowering the next generation of skilled trades professionals

Though for centuries overlooked in the skilled trades, women are making a comeback in a big way in construction. Equipped with ambition and seeking out educational and training programs tailored specifically for them, Michigan women are building the future—one brick, beam, or conquered stereotype at a time.

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Rapid Blog: Jenn Fillenworth interviews 4 women chefs working to bridge the gender gap in local food

Jenn Fillenworth, MS, RD, is a chef and registered dietitian with a passion for sustainable food systems and culinary medicine. In her Rapid Blog, Fillenworth interviews four local female chefs working to bridge the gender gap in West Michigan restaurants.

Feature StoryAmy Swift glazes a window.

Michigan women bust stereotypes, find success in Professional Trades

In Michigan, there will be an estimated 47,000 openings annually through 2026 in the Professional Trades. These are the stories of three Michigan women who have found rewarding careers in these sometimes-stigmatized jobs.


Feature StoryLou Sobleskey.

Many Michigan caregivers need care themselves – but they aren't getting it

The importance of a support network when caring for a loved one can't be understated. That's why a number of Michigan organizations are working to better understand what caregivers need and make it more accessible to them.

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Here's how we can address rural Michigan's alarmingly high infant mortality and poor maternal health

Substance abuse, lack of access to healthy food, and dwindling birthing hospitals and OB-GYNs all contribute to poor health outcomes for mothers and infants. These organizations and individuals are working to change that.

Feature StoryBrandon Buskey, ACLU Deputy Director for Smart Justice Litigation

The blueprint for criminal justice reform: The ACLU's Brandon Buskey visits Grand Rapids

Brandon Buskey, ACLU Deputy Director for Smart Justice Litigation and Criminal Law Reform Project team member, is the keynote speaker at the 2019 ACLU of Michigan Luncheon. Having devoted his entire career to criminal justice reform, Buskey explores systemic racism, police misconduct, and community activism in the U.S. carceral epidemic.

Feature StoryDan Brooks

Rapid Blog: Dan Brooks explores "process-based" drama and the Alternative Acts Theatre Company

Aquinas English Professor and actor Dan Brooks explores the new Alternative Acts Theatre Company, and the powerful effect of "process-based" theatre.

Feature StorySade Richardson.

Why Michigan needs a more diverse healthcare workforce – and what we can do about it

The healthcare workforce doesn't represent the diversity of those it serves, and that results in poor health outcomes for patients of color. But several initiatives are working to develop more diverse health professionals.

Feature StoryGR Symphony

Grand Rapids Symphony aims to step into the rhythm of the times

Finishing his third season in GR, Music Director Marcelo Lehninger hopes to bring new energy into the Grand Rapids Symphony, including changes to formats, blending genre, informal educational opportunities, and more community-focused events.

Feature StoryAndrew Sims and Kim Knight.

Local groups help women and minority-owned businesses take a seat at the corporate table

Two Michigan-based entrepreneurial support organizations seek to encourage growth and increase wealth creation, specifically for women and minority-owned businesses.

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Grupos locales ayudan a las mujeres y las empresas propiedad de minorías a tomar asiento en las mesa

Dos organizaciones de apoyo empresarial con sede en Michigan buscan fomentar el crecimiento y la creación de riquezas, específicamente para mujeres y empresas de propiedad de minorías.

Feature Storywoosah

Soul of the city: Retail and small business breathe life into Grand Rapids

Despite retail giants like Toys “R” Us and GR-based MC Sports closing their doors, GR recently took second place in the category of “Best Cities for New Small Business” in a LendingTree report. In this installment of Making it in GR, Rapid Growth observes the relationship between the current state of national retail and the local retail climate, as well as the effects of e-commerce on local business.

Feature StoryTeen Entrepreneur

Teenpreneurs pursue passions without limitations

Being a teen might mean you can't do a lot of things. You can't vote. You can't join the military. You can't rent a car. But you can start a business. And sometimes, being a teen entrepreneur can have its advantages.

Feature StoryRG Cone Apetite

Fighting to end human trafficking, one scoop at a time

With flavors like Almond ‘Bout that Base' and Join the MoveMINT, Cone Appétit couples a joyful treat with a mission to end human trafficking.

Feature StoryRende

Here's how one new local lender aims to eliminate the racial wealth gap in Grand Rapids

As a local emerging community development financial institution (CDFI), Rende Progress Capital is the only racial equity-focused CDFI to provide loans, investments, and business technical assistance services to excluded entrepreneurs like Asian Americans, African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, and immigrants.

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More than pampering, spa helps clients overcome trauma


The Age-Friendly Grand Rapids initiative begins three-year action plan


Workshop launches Absolutely Accessible Kent Campaign: Paralympian architect facilitates workshop


USA Hockey event projected to generate $2 million in economic impact


Awards Gala spotlights Latinx impact on local economy: "We are here to make a true contribution."


Temporary tattoos making long-lasting investments in the sustainable foods movement


Development

More than pampering, spa helps clients overcome trauma


Workshop launches Absolutely Accessible Kent Campaign: Paralympian architect facilitates workshop


Awards Gala spotlights Latinx impact on local economy: "We are here to make a true contribution."


Temporary tattoos making long-lasting investments in the sustainable foods movement


New watercraft launch at Riverside Park confirms City's commitment to equity and access


GVSU aDMI's 3D printer brings brand new tech to the Medical Mile


Innovation

The Age-Friendly Grand Rapids initiative begins three-year action plan


USA Hockey event projected to generate $2 million in economic impact


Little Space Studio changing their approach to creative co-working


LOFT fulfills niche for tech software aftercare


Vision To Learn launches first step toward free vision care for GRPS students


Recognizing Muskegon's bright, entrepreneurial future


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Rad Women Walking Tours: A fun way to experience the A,B,Cs of women’s history

Debuting Tuesday, May 7, 1:30 p.m. (through May 12)
Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center St NW
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4th Annual Mayor's Greening Initiative: Planting a future forest in a morning is pure Bliss

Saturday, Apr. 27, 8:30 a.m. (check-in)
Roosevelt Park, 739 Van Raalte Dr. SW
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From small pop-up galleries to large cultural institutions to national attention-grabbing events like ArtPrize, Grand Rapids' arts and culture scene has a diverse mix of offerings that will appeal to people of all stripes.

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The West Fulton district, often referred to as the 'U to the Zoo,' runs along its namesake street from Grand Valley State University's booming downtown campus on the east to historic John Ball Park and Zoo on the west.

 

In between is a mix of popular locally owned businesses – such

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