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What we've been eating in Grand Rapids: A year of the local food scene

With the opening of new restaurants, food trucks, and exciting new culinary ventures, 2018 has been quite a year of food for Grand Rapids. Check out our coverage of the local food scene this past year.

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G-Sync: In Life Now husband and wife team once again expand their brand

Bryan and Toresa Blakely of In Life Now Travel are setting a refreshing local standard about how area entrepreneurs in love are able to support each other as they navigate the relaunch of their business.

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RapidChat: Skot Welch on helping our youth solve problems through story telling

Founded in 2012 by Skot Welch, The Mosaic Film Experience is a workforce initiative working to prepare our youth to be better problem solvers. "We started Mosaic Mobile because not all schools have access to film equipment. Kids practically live on their phones, and we want to show them the opportunities they have on that particular device," explains Welch.

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Seeking to empower the female voice? Check out the Women who Write Author and Vendor Expo

Since 2013, Hook a Sista Up Collaborative (HASU), a membership-based organization supporting female entrepreneurs, has been creating platforms for West Michigan women to collaborate, empower, and inspire one another. On Saturday, October 6, HASU will present the fourth annual Women who Write Author and Vendor Expo.

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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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What's next for Mt. Pleasant? Stay connected with IMG's newest pub, 'Epicenter'

There are plenty of great things happening in Mt. Pleasant and its neighboring communities. We think it’s time people heard more about them.

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Can't hold me back: Women of Color entrepreneurs break boundaries in West Michigan

Across the country, female entrepreneurship is on the rise, and we sat down with three fearless females in West Michigan who are plugging away at their own unique businesses, despite the challenges, and celebrating a craft undefined by their gender or race.

Jen Shaneberger

UIX: Michigan Creative Chambers connects the dots for filmmakers, other creatives in Grand Rapids

What's standing between creativity and economic growth? The Creative Chambers initiative is answering that question and will administer a total of $250,000 in grants over the next three years to various creative projects, including film, graphic design, and storytelling.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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.

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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.

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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.
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