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Alayna Williams

Leaderboard, 1-0: A VOICES essay on competition and contentment

"Grades and numbers should not be the end or beginning of a person’s potential. There is no way a letter or number or leaderboard can truly measure a person’s intelligence and abilities," says eighth grader Alayna Williams, who in this special VOICES essay, explores competition, confidence, and homework.

 Filmmaking

Despite challenges, West Michigan filmmakers pursue their passions

Despite what some might perceive as a lack of glitz, glamour, or available funding, West Michigan filmmakers are making great stuff, pursuing filmmaking in underrepresented genres like thriller and horror, and celebrating their work in a tight-knit community.

ComcastHappyHour

High Growth Happy Hour: Great beer, positive vibes, and practical encouragement for entrepreneurs

On Tuesday, Grand Rapids area entrepreneurs learned how to better grow their dreams at Rapid Growth’s annual Comcast High Growth Happy Hour at Creston Brewery. Beer taps flowed, plates filled with delicious eats emptied quickly, and the diverse panel of local entrepreneurs spilled the secrets of their success.

Wammack

RapidChat: Jennifer Wammack on a more sustainable Furniture City, USA

What makes Jennifer Wammack great? It's not only her ample resume highlighting 30-plus years experience within the realm of furniture product design. As Director of Outreach at BIFMA, she is ever-so passionate about the Triple Bottom Line of Furniture City, USA.

What the Truck

10 food trucks to watch this summer

Spring has rolled into summer and all of the food trucks around West Michigan are following suit. While you spend the day with your friends and family, be sure to check out one of these 10 unique food trucks.

Maria Erazo

High Growth Happy Hour features local, diverse business owners

On June 11, Rapid Growth will partner with Comcast to bring Grand Rapids their annual High Growth Happy Hour. Read up on our talented small business owner panelists!

midtown

My heart's in Midtown: A Neighborhoods of GR essay

In this special edition of Neighborhoods of GR, writer and former Midtown resident Marjorie Steele dives into her love for the neighborhood's diversity, chill vibes, and affordability.

Books

Michigan authors you should be reading on vacation

These Michigan authors have published their new books just in time for summer. From history to poetry to motivation, it's time to stock up on local writing.

Teen 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.

Atomic

Growth and Scaling in Grand Rapids: A Q&A with Atomic Object

Started in 2001, Atomic Object has grown from a DIY tech startup powered by a few laptops and a long-term vision, to a thriving company with a national roster of clients, 62 employees, two offices in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and $10 million in annual revenue. Two AO atoms discuss the company's scale, growth, and innovation.

BelcherLIST

RapidChat: Jash'd Belcher on love, inspiration, a girl, a boy, and a dream.

Faith-based film 'A Girl. A Boy. A Dream.' recently made its grand debut at the Sundance Film Festival, with a little help from local film producer, Jash'd Belcher. As we aspire towards unity as a nation, "we need more love and things to inspire us to be our greatest," explains Belcher. This film sets out to enact just that.

Concerts

Grand Rapids, Music City? New venues mean almost more music than beer

For nearly a decade, Grand Rapids has earned the "Beer City" designation from USA Today. With all of the new music venues and increased number and range of musical acts visiting GR, could “Music City” be in our near future?

Design Thinking

UIX: GRPS Transformation Plan is using design thinking to incorporate stakeholder voices

GRPS stakeholders gathered at schools in the four different quadrants of the district to sound off on their concerns, talk about what they're proud of, and even what they're angry about. And the district is listening to every word with the help of design thinking.

GRHHCTheNewConcept

Lessons from emerging culture: A quick look at three music movements and future cities

All cultures should have a value for a city, but not all have our attention…just yet. Rapid Growth's Publisher Tommy Allen looks back over time at three Michigan groups whose contributions, like so many other artists and creators, have impacted the culture of our state for the better.

RGWaveCard

Smart transportation: The Rapid kicks off The Wave smart card for function, ease, and equity

With smart features like online accounts, capped spending, and smartphone scanning, The Wave aims to widen access and increase ease of use to public transportation.
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