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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.


G-Sync: Local Ballot Measure is a Real Job Killer*

What happens when you elect the right people? Well, sometimes they work themselves out of a job. Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen jumps in on Local Prop 1, but also finds a connection to Local Prop 2 as well.


Pitching for the Win

Marie-Claire Camp shares a laugh in a relaxed atmosphere, now that the pressue of Pitch Night is gone. There are few things tougher than trying to pursuade a crowd of strangers to hand over their money, but Pitch Night helps to develop a good spiel -- and a thicker skin. 
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