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Wizards of the digital age: West Michigan tech leaders change the world with the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is pushing the boundaries of technology, and West Michigan leaders have keen insights on a frontier that is revolutionizing the way the world interacts.

Sustainable Business

Civic-minded companies: Grand Rapids businesses focus on hiring veterans, restoring history & more

While mistrust of business seems to be growing at a national level, there's a different story playing out in West Michigan. Building on a long tradition of public-private partnerships, companies here are increasingly involved in the community, doing everything from providing training and employment to individuals recently released from prison to quietly leading the restoration and celebration of  Frank Lloyd Wright's Meyer May House — and a whole lot more.

Rudy Carrasco

UIX: Rudy Carrasco and Partners Worldwide are ending poverty

Partners Worldwide is taking down poverty. That being a tremendous project requiring vast resources, the non-profit must lean heavily on its strongest asset—its people.

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.


UIX Blog: Crowdfunding data shows patterns by industry

There are more ways than ever now for people to get help funding their projects. Legislation four years ago cleared the way for crowdfunding platforms to help connect those with a need to those who can chip in, and West Michigan is home to many of those connections.
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