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Grand Rapids Asian Festival: A joyous new event debuts in downtown Grand Rapids

In anticipation of the debut of the Grand Rapids Asian Festival, Rapid Growth wants to shine a warm spotlight on a series of images created earlier this year by photographer Two Eagles Marcus.

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A fond farewell and the changing of the guard

Rapid Growth's Publisher Tommy Allen pays tribute to our former Editor Anna Gustafson as he introduces our new Editor Lauren Carlson. Please join us in celebrating these two innovative women of Rapid Growth. 

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G-Sync: Words, like “I’m sorry,” still matter in this modern world

In Grand Rapids, a group of mothers whose unarmed sons were stopped at gunpoint by police are seeking an apology, and it is Rapid Growth Publisher Tommy Allen's hope that they get it. Here, Allen explains why he believes an "I'm sorry" is not only possible, but necessary.

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A more welcoming city: DisArt symposium is changing the way GR approaches disability

Is it possible to create a more inclusive, welcoming city? DisArt Symposium: Disability Arts Now looks to be a part of that answer. 

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Profit and heart: Etsy co-founder to talk business with a conscience in Grand Rapids

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. 
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