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Making it in Grand Rapids Features

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Problem solving with real-time data: GR on the road to become a Smart City

When cities launch initiatives to take advantage of that data and that technology, they are considered Smart Cities and Smart Cities are poised to solve big problems. Find out why Grand Rapids is primed to become a Smart City and what that can mean for the city and its residents in the first a two-part feature about Smart Cities.

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Making it in GR: A look back at the article that urged Grand Rapids to move forward

The 2015 Forbes article listing Grand Rapids as the second worst city in the nation where African-Americans were struggling sparked many conversations. Looking beyond the African-American community and observing the minority-owned business climate as a whole, one can find both challenges and opportunities. Organizations such as Local First, One World Diversity, and Start Garden are rising to the challenge and providing resources and programming to help promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the small business community.

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Making it in GR: More diversity in tech means starting with education

As the tech industry grows in Grand Rapids, the tech talent pool needs to grow too. Adding more talent to the pool means getting educational opportunities to new communities and creating more diverse tech culture.

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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.

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Accepting the culture of failure as life, not a trend

Many may see the culture of failure as a passing fad, but those who experience it everyday are trying to change the conversation and keep it in style.
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