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Jen Shaneberger

UIX: Michigan Creative Chambers connects the dots for filmmakers, other creatives in Grand Rapids

What's standing between creativity and economic growth? The Creative Chambers initiative is answering that question and will administer a total of $250,000 in grants over the next three years to various creative projects, including film, graphic design, and storytelling.

Teen Entrepreneur

Teenpreneurs pursue passions without limitations

Being a teen might mean you can't do a lot of things. You can't vote. You can't join the military. You can't rent a car. But you can start a business. And sometimes, being a teen entrepreneur can have its advantages.

Atomic

Growth and Scaling in Grand Rapids: A Q&A with Atomic Object

Started in 2001, Atomic Object has grown from a DIY tech startup powered by a few laptops and a long-term vision, to a thriving company with a national roster of clients, 62 employees, two offices in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and $10 million in annual revenue. Two AO atoms discuss the company's scale, growth, and innovation.

Ken Bair is the store manager of the new Bridge Street Market.

Neighborhoods of GR: WestSide evolution continues

According to local professional Paul Soltysiak, The WestSide is diverse with lots of history. It has a wonderful flavor that is tough to define unless one lives, works, or plays here often. It needs to be experienced to be understood. Explore the Westside from Soltysiak's perspective in this installment of Neighborhoods of GR.

UIX materials

UIX: Turning trash into money is going to take a community effort

Millions of dollars are being thrown away every year, in the form of waste left at the local landfill. It's a revenue stream that some are managing to take advantage of, and Kent County is hoping others take notice.
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