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Racial equity here: Mayor Rosalynn Bliss calls for systemic change in Grand Rapids
By Anna Gustafson
Thursday, March 09, 2017
Racial equity. Support for immigrants. A stronger local economy. Mayor Rosalynn Bliss addresses all of this, and more, during her second annual State of the City speech.
How does Grand Rapids become stronger? By ensuring other cities do too
By Allison Spooner
Thursday, February 23, 2017
When growing a strong entrepreneurial community, it's often in our nature to compete for the resources we need to succeed. But, vibrant communities get even stronger when they turn to their neighbors to collaborate rather than compete
Grand Rapids is doing just that.
Profit and heart: Etsy co-founder to talk business with a conscience in Grand Rapids
Tommy Allen, Publisher and Lifestyle Editor
Thursday, February 02, 2017
Etsy, like most startups, struggled to balance the company's values and outlook with that of venture capital investors’ desire for rapid growth. Co-founder Mathew Stinchcomb stops by Grand Rapids to talk about how the power of B Corps can transform our businesses -- and communities.
From coffee and cosplay to food trucks and film: Reasons to love Grand Rapids in 2017
By Tommy Allen, Publisher & Lifestyle Editor
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Internationally acclaimed filmmakers. Embracing our immigrant communities. An ever-growing music scene. Happiness in a cup (seriously). There are more reasons than ever to love, and explore, Grand Rapids in 2017.
Shop for Good: How you can support businesses owned by people of color, women and veterans
By Anna Gustafson, Managing Editor
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Do you shop at places that align with your values? One Grand Rapids woman is trying to make it easier for you to do so with an electronic directory of businesses that are owned by women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, veterans, Asian-Pacific Americans, and Native Americans.
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Downtown Muskegon’s 321 Go! utilizes pitch competition to incentivize new downtown retail
Power to the people: WestSide Collaborative & Harmony Hall launch fundraiser for neighborhood grants
Dec. 10 opening of Pop Up Shop GR brings unique retail space to Avenue for the Arts
From Second City to Beer City: These GR comedians plan to open improv comedy venue
Bold Socks S. Division retail outlet takes off running
GROW's micro-loan program increases opportunities for women entrepreneurs in West Michigan
Bold Socks plans Nov. pop-up shop in advance of spring opening for new S. Division retail space
Holland-based Michigan Pantry to open second location in Downtown GR Market
New commercial kitchen at the Muskegon Farmers Market promotes entrepreneurship, nutrition, and food
Ferris Coffee plans to test drive new Trust Building location with ArtPrize pop-up shop
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Justice is manufactured here: Q&A with Janay Brower, founder of Public Thread
Entrepreneurial Gold podcasts highlight diverse group of entrepreneurs & creatives in West Michigan
The Fresh Food Fairy takes a rewarding dip in the Dolphin Tank
Daddy Pete's BBQ opens to-go shop on Eastern Ave, ready to smoke year-round
Pillow talk: Grand Rapids companies brightly and TR Data Strategy launch home decor business
It's a chair. It's exercise equipment. It's both! It's Stow Fitness!
Thinking outside the box: Axislab brings 3D printing to Grand Rapids in new downtown office
Coming soon: Malamiah Mobile will deliver healthy juices, smoothies and a whole lot of inspiration
Cultured.GR launches to examine and celebrate Grand Rapids' fine arts scene
Help wanted: Exploring (and landing) a design career in West Michigan
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Kent County Commission may reconsider a local vendors preference policy
Source: The Grand Rapids Press
Holland Township venture developing a system that turns crops into ethanol and animal feed
Source: The Grand Rapids Press
Michigan ventures that want pre-seed funding can compete for new $100,000 SmartZone award
Source: Great Lakes Entrepreneurs’ Quest
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Vizidef Display Technology
Vizidef Display Technology, founded by Marcel Thibert with design researcher Jordan VerBerg, was one of the first groups to bring integrative technology, combining static and digital displays, to the market.
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Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
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