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Making it in GR: Lessons in crowdfunding

Self-proclaimed entrepreneur and Grand Rapids transplant, Don Rhoads, invented the BedBud Alarm out of a personal need. Through community involvement, market research and continuous revisions, he was able to develop his product. Though his journey is not over yet, he has already learned a lot along the way.

Leandra Nisbet

Making it in GR: How the digital community is supporting small business

As it becomes easier for individuals to venture into investing and the online capital resources expand, the lending climate is changing rapidly. Making it in Grand Rapids Editor Leandra Nisbet breaks down nontraditional financing options in this ever-changing ecosystem.

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Financing your dream: Entrepreneurs tap local and diverse resources

Securing financing for a small businesses can be a huge challenge, especially for new entrepreneurs. There are several opportunities available to assist entrepreneurs in the area including: microloans, SBA lending and pitch competitions. Additionally, here are some recommendations for staying motivated and being prepared to request funds.

Latesha Lipscomb

UIX: With passion and perseverance, Latesha Lipscomb makes Grand Rapids a better home for many

Latesha Lipscomb isn't just making Grand Rapids a happier home for many in the city, she's showing the world how things get done. Along with working as a housing advocate for the Inner City Christian Federation, Lipscomb empowers women through her work at POSH Innovative Event Management, runs a successful makeup business, and leads others on the Seeds of Promise Entrepreneurial Impact Team.

Claire Guisfredi

UIX: Claire Guisfredi and NKCS help community thrive

Claire Guisfredi covers a lot of ground. From a base of operations in Rockford, she keeps North Kent Community Services well-oiled and functioning for a large portion of Kent County. While many of its clients initially seek their help in meeting basic needs, Guisfredi is leading the organization in new, solutions-oriented programming to help people thrive, not just survive.
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