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Making it in GR: Adapting an engineering mindset to entrepreneurship

Reports show women and minority-owned businesses are face an ongoing disparity of funding awarded to them and to their male, non-minority counterparts. As a minority-business owner and Grand Rapids transplant, Supermercado Mexico's Javier Olvera discusses the challenges of growth, and finding finance options.

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VIDEO: Rotary Charities expands equitable access to the waterfront in the Grand Traverse

How are rural foundations across the state approaching economic development? We’re sharing success stories right here in Michigan, starting with a look at the Rotary Charities' efforts to expand equitable access to the waterfront in the Grand Traverse region.

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Promise Zones and place-based scholarships are game changers for families in Grand Rapids

If Grand Rapids becomes a Promise Zone, it would change the game for funding college in the River City. Currently in the process of applying for the designation, the city of GR is prioritizing affordable college education for all.

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UIX: Offstage engineering makes a big difference in local music

More than a dozen different audio recording studios in West Michigan help musicians, podcasters, broadcasters, show hosts, and others capture their sound on digital media, vinyl records, and sometimes even magnetic tape.

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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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RapidChat: Stefan Sagmeister on Why Beauty Matters

Beauty is commonly defined as the characteristic of an animal, idea, object, person, or place that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure or satisfaction. But what role does it actually play within our lives? For West Michigan Design Week, renowned creative, Stegan Sagmeister, will talk to Grand Rapidians about Why Beauty Matters, and more.

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Archives preserves West Michigan's rich design heritage

The West Michigan Design Archives was formed by designers Barbara Loveland and Linda Powell, for anyone who appreciates good design. With work from companies like Herman Miller and French Paper, the archives aim to showcase the craft and history of design to a new generation of designers.

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A celebration of the craft: Design Week in its fifth year

West Michigan Design Week is finally here. In its fifth year, this week-long event series, produced by AIGA West Michigan, celebrates the talented designers of all disciplines, inviting sought-after artists from across the country to speak, as well as local designers, to showcase their work, process, and passion.

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Buzzwords, big talk, and breakthroughs: Real talk about design thinking

This special Design Week Rapid Blog comes to us from WMCAT Director of Social Enterprise Adam Weiler, who explores why design thinking isn't just for designers after all.

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Pat Perry: A gentle giant of art and design

Pat Perry is one of the more interesting people that publisher Tommy Allen has met in this world. Enjoy this conversation with a truly remarkable artist from Michigan.

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How a merger between Forward Cities and CEOs for Cities will aim to drive inclusive economic growth

Wealth inequality in America across racial lines is growing, particularly in cities. Here's how one organization proposes to tackle it.

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For the Benefit of all: West Michigan B-Corps proliferate

Michigan now has 14 registered B-corps, companies that are certified in environmental and societal stewardship. GR is home to 11 of these conscious companies. Check them out!

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VIDEO: Sturgis Area Community Foundation invests in rural neighborhood revitalization

How are rural foundations across the state approaching economic development? We’re sharing success stories right here in Michigan, starting with a look at the Sturgis Foundation's efforts to revitalize neighborhoods.

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Neighborhoods of GR: The quiet buzz of Fulton Heights

It might be mostly residential, but don't call it sleepy. The neighborhood of Fulton Heights, tucked neatly on the edges of Eastown, Midtown, and Michigan Oaks, has a charm that is quietly buzzing beneath the surface.

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RapidChat: Jamie Cooper

After realizing there was a growth opportunity for medical marijuana in West Michigan, Jamie quickly moved here from Colorado. Nearly four years later, Jamie is the first cannabis entrepreneur being recognized by a mainstream business publication for her efforts with Cannabiz Connection.
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