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Elyse Welcher, owner of Parliament Boutique in downtown Grand Rapids.

Inside the mind of a hacker: An honest Q&A with a former cyber punk

Our series on cyber security for small businesses has explored credit card systems, industry trends and the problems inherent in small business networks. Now, editor Lauren Fay Carlson talks to a hacker for some insight on how and why small businesses might be attacked online.

Zachary Collins

RapidChat: Zachary Collins

At the very young age of 14, Zachary Collins bought and sold his very first company, Twtbase. Now, at 21 years old, and with three successful businesses under his belt, it's clear to see that this young man — who's currently getting a degree in entrepreneurship — has always had a knack for it. 


Chromebooks in the classroom: Toy or transforming how our students learn?

What happens when you make sure every child has a computer? In Allendale Public Schools, they discovered it led to educational transformation.


The risks of free Wi-Fi: Connecting, sharing and stealing through small business' networks

What are West Michigan businesses and institutions doing to protect themselves from cyber crime?


UIX: radi8er has a new way to listen to the sound of the city

Jim Czerew and Rob Anthony are going to change the way people discover new music and engage their community. Their digital music project radi8er is a platform for local artists to gain exposure, list shows, and define the sound of their own city. At the same time, listeners have access to all their local music scene has to offer, as well as the option to explore the sounds of other cities, all from one spot. 
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