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DonRhoades

The innovative people making GR a city for entrepreneurs

“Making It In Grand Rapids” is a series about local entrepreneurs and the issues that matter in building a sustainable startup-friendly community.

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'Kick its ass': Memorial exhibit showcases outsider art, volunteerism at Heartside Ministries

A retrospective of the incredible milieu of outsider artists Heartside Galleries has nourished over the last decade and a half, "A Heartside Art Collector's Preview" is a celebration of rare talent, raw human experience, and the healing properties of art made without ego.

Kids

West Michigan invites you outside: 5 #puremichigan ways to celebrate spring

Finally...spring. Throw off the shackles of winter and check to these 5 ways to enjoy West Michigan.

May March

Marching without fear: Movimiento Cosecha GR seeks licenses for all on May Day

The annual May Day demonstration, organized by Movimiento Cosecha GR, cut through many neighborhoods on Tuesday, May 1, and marked the launch of a statewide campaign to win licenses for all so that immigrants in Michigan can “drive without fear.”

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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.

Healthy Communities

Building Healthy Communities program aims to surround Michigan school children with healthy living

During the last nine years, more than 260 elementary schools across Michigan have participated in the Building Healthy Communities to prevent and reduce childhood obesity, prevent chronic health conditions, and improve academic achievement. Positive results are pouring in.

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Catch up with Neighborhoods of GR

Over the past 11 months, Rapid Growth has featured the places and spaces of GR in our Neighborhoods of GR series. Catch up with the amazing people, nonprofits, and businesses that have graced our pages.

Bartender

All hail the bartender! Veteran West Michigan drink-slingers tell their tales

The bartender is a fixture in dives and restaurants and often serves as a sounding board for life's concerns. To celebrate the profession, four veteran bartenders took a moment to open their lives and careers, expressing the heart of bartending in West Michigan. Here are their stories, so raise a glass.

Zoe Carmichael

RapidChat: Zoe Carmichael on leading conversations with confidence

What goes into a good speech? Step back and let Zoe Carmichael, seven-year owner and speaker coach at Zoe Carmichael Consulting, advise you.  

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Defining Division: Maintaining and building community identity

Faced by the potential of future development, community members of South Division and Burton Heights share their insights on the strength of their community's identity. 

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UIX: Groundbreaking healthcare is all about clear communication

The healthcare industry experiences innovation at an astounding rate, but not all innovation is defined by the latest technology or the smallest tools. Interpersonal communication, and interprofessional practice, is the new face of healthcare innovation, and care professionals in West Michigan are helping this trend grow.

Bruce Barcott

G-Sync: Guggenheim Fellow and Leafly's Deputy Editor Bruce Barcott comes to Grand Rapids on 420 day

Bruce Barcott—a Guggenheim Fellow in nonfiction and the author of Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America—arrives in Grand Rapids to celebrate 420 day with an informative lecture  “Everyday Wisdom from an Extraordinary Industry: Ten Hard-Learned Business Lessons from the First Year of Legal Marijuana.” 

Bill

Local deaf-blind adventurer partners with nonprofits to transcend barriers

When you’re legally deaf and blind, climbing the seventh highest mountain in the world may seem foolhardy. Foolhardy that is, unless you’re Bill Barkeley, local adventurer who partners with nonprofits to provide hope and possibility for all.

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Construction paves the way for a growing Grand Rapids

Every time you look outside your window, it's clear: GR continues to grow. Catch up on the many ways construction impacts our community.

MNL Voices

Weirdly wonderfulness: Life with the "Geek Disorder"

Life with Asperger Syndrome isn't simple an straightforward. It's a collection of colors and experiences, and each person with the Syndrome is unique. In this VOICES essay, sixth grader Nora Standish describes her experience with Asperger's, shattering every stereotype about the Syndrome and inviting you into her world.
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