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Thousands headed downtown for the 53rd River Bank Run.

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Making it in Grand Rapids: How the GR SmartZone is evolving to better support entrepreneurs

What do entrepreneurs from all walks of life need to make it in Grand Rapids? To answer this question, the city's SmartZone is evolving as part of a bigger conversation about how our organizations serve and support  a sustainable startup-friendly community.


Escaping a world of fast food: Grand Rapids schools tackle hunger, food security with gardens

From providing lessons about growing food in urban spaces to giving children fresh produce to take home, school gardens are playing an increasingly vital role in Grand Rapids' community health landscape.


Joining Pulaski Days: Why Asian Heritage Month needs to be celebrated in West Michigan

 West Michigan's Asian American community is a thriving and vibrant one with a history that spans nearly a century and a half. Despite the deeply rooted community, there is often a lack of awareness about Asian Heritage Month, or the area's Asian American culture in general — which is something area residents aspire to change.

Sean Ammirati

'The Science of Growth': Venture capitalist's new book studies why some startups change the world

Want to know why some companies fail and others flourish? A venture capitalist has a new book about his search for the practices that fueled some of the most successful startups in recent history, and he’s hoping it will give entrepreneurs in Grand Rapids and across the country a blueprint for capturing some of that startup magic themselves.

Rudy Carrasco

UIX: Rudy Carrasco and Partners Worldwide are ending poverty

Partners Worldwide is taking down poverty. That being a tremendous project requiring vast resources, the non-profit must lean heavily on its strongest asset—its people.

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