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Becky Vandenbout

Don't let them call you sweetheart: Women entrepreneurs break the glass ceiling in West Michigan

These West Michigan  women are kicking butt and taking names. As business owners and entrepreneurs in male-dominated fields, they're proving there's no glass ceiling that can't be shattered.


Growing roots: How Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is making the city's green spaces more inclusive

When the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks was struggling to connect with residents in underserved areas, they decided to change the way they were doing things. Part of that meant hiring a neighborhood liaison, Yiovanny Cornejo, who led the charge to make the city's green spaces more welcoming and active gathering places.


Going beyond 'just surviving': How accessible is Grand Rapids for people with disabilities?

When it comes to being a haven for individuals with disabilities, Grand Rapids still has a long way to go. However, people throughout the community are working hard to make sure the area is becoming a place where everyone, no matter their disability, can lead the life they want.

Start Garden

Making it in Grand Rapids: How the GR SmartZone is evolving to better support entrepreneurs

What do entrepreneurs from all walks of life need to make it in Grand Rapids? To answer this question, the city's SmartZone is evolving as part of a bigger conversation about how our organizations serve and support  a sustainable startup-friendly community.

Aaron Brown

UIX: Creating new futures is a hands on project for Aaron Brown

Through 3D printing and as a volunteer for e-NABLE, Aaron Brown and his company Axis Lab develop and create "super" assistive hand devices for children and adults. Now his prosthetic designs with comic-inspired themes are something to marvel at, both here in Grand Rapids and everywhere he takes them.
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