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Jonathan Kumar believes in the power of hunger

Kumar is working to harness the power of hunger as the Managing Director of FoodCircles, an app that allows the user to purchase a voucher for a food item at local restaurants.

Hugo Claudin: An educated connector with Believe 2 Become

"I see my role as a connector...It's what I do all day—There are so many things going on, but if you don't ask, then you don't know." -Hugo Claudin

Veronica Garcia-Ramierez: Empowering Hispanic business leaders in Grand Rapids

Veronica Ramirez-Garcia has used her experiences as a catalyst to empower Hispanic business leaders and build a community of entrepreneurs as Executive Director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Kyle Venhousen: Storytelling to shine a light

The best kind of story is one that moves you to the core and inspires you to action. As the new director of The Kala Project, these are the stories that Kyle Venhousen wakes up every day to find and share.

Dale Williams and family spark ideas worldwide

Profit, sustainability and social benefit are all equal in the eyes of Dale Williams and family.

Shorouq Almallah works from the epicenter of entrepreneurship

Shorouq Almallah's title is “operations manager,” but she oversees much of the programming, curriculum development and communications at GVSU's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Jody Deems-McCargar keys young musicians up with Crescendo

Jody Deems-McCargar, a Suzuki method piano instructor, began giving lessons in her home over 25 years ago. With her husband, Wright McCargar, a retired public school teacher and band director, the two have formed the Crescendo Foundation, bringing scholarships to young musicians.

Tatum Hawkins

When faced with widespread problems like crime, teen pregnancy, and high dropout rates, a common response is to feel disempowered. Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders (GRIL) seeks to change that.

Rich Bloem

Rich Bloem and Homes of Hope, the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability, Matt and Kristin Fowler, and many other community members are partnering to make local housing projects a reality.

Mary C. Hartfield

The Girl Scouts of the USA is for girls of all backgrounds, especially inner-city girls of color who, research has found, benefit from a resilience factor not found in their suburban peers. Mary C. Hartfield leads the introduction of Girl Scouts fo inner city areas in Michigan.

Kate Hunt

Kate Hunt, working with AIGA and the 2014 Design for Good Weekend Blitz, is helping to pair local creatives with nonprofits in need.

Rick DeVos

Rick DeVos and Co. at the business-launching program Start Garden are hoping to move into a new phase for the organization, bringing back a return for the group and for the community.

Laurel Stanley

Laurel Stanley’s career philosophy begins with one question: What is the difference between a designer and an artist?
“An artist serves themselves and a designer serves others,” said Stanley, founder of 616 Collective. “If you are a designer, who are you serving?”

Steve Faber and Gwen O'Brien

The collaborative work of Steve Faber and Gwen O'Brien on the branding, design, and messaging for Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and its initiatives has resonated with thousands, earned well-deserved recognition, and recently, awarded them a grant from Sappi through the national Ideas That Matter Program.
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