10 Ways to Incorporate Self-Care to Your Hustle

By Yvelette Stines on February 1, 2017

Our world, at times, is spinning so quickly with deadlines, responsibilities, and taking care of everything else we forget about one important detail? Ourselves. It is important to take time out, rest, and focus on yourself mind, body, and soul. In order for sustainable balance and success we must find the time to really embrace […]

10 Motivational Quotes for Entrepreneurs

By Yvelette Stines on January 26, 2017

  Entrepreneurship is a rewarding journey. There are times as you are going along this path, that discouragement and doubt will set in. This is normal, but it is also important that you don’t stay in this space. The moment you decided to become an entrepreneur or pursue your dreams, is the moment that you […]

The Uncertainty of Entrepreneurship

By Michael Mefli on January 6, 2017

We have all heard the saying “The are no guarantees in life,” and in the entrepreneurial eco system, this is especially true. The road to growth and success as an entrepreneur will require facing risk, dealing with uncertainty and being willing to find internal motivation to move through obstacles and challenges. Saying this is not […]

MiSpringboard Offers Free Legal Expertise to Startups

By Jane Whitttington on December 21, 2016

Varnum Attorneys at Law, with offices in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Novi, Kalamazoo, Grand Haven, Lansing, Ann Arbor and Hastings, has, since 2011, offered an invaluable service to Michigan startups. With their MiSpringboard program, they are providing free legal services to entrepreneurs in Michigan. According to Harvey Koning in the Grand Rapids office, who leads the […]

Training for Dogs and Their People in Grand Rapids

By Jane Whitttington on November 21, 2016

Although it’s hard to know exactly, the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) estimates that there are between 70 and 80 million dogs in the United States. That’s a lot of doggy walks, training, feeding, throwing a ball and taking care of our canine animal companions. One business is helping dogs […]

Renew Mama Helps Expecting Mamas

By Jane Whitttington on November 16, 2016

In a crowded marketplace, an entrepreneur who finds the right niche for their particular product is ahead of the game. Amanda Holbert did just that when she founded Renew Mama, a yoga studio and then some for women before and after they have had children. Offering not just yoga but also massage and other bodywork, […]

Michigan CEO Conference Nov 10th

By Amanda Lewan on November 9, 2016

 The Michigan CEO Summit hosted by the Business Leaders for Michigan is back this year tomorrow, focusing on the state’s economic competitiveness and new technologies. This year key speakers will include global leaders such as Patrick Doyle CEO Of Domino’s and William Taylor Co-founder of Fast Company. This is the 5th year for the annual […]

Books and Mortar Opens in Grand Rapids

By Chucky Blackmore on November 7, 2016

Of the many luxuries that Grand Rapids has to offer, there are two things that are always guaranteed: a variety of books and people who love to read them.  Bookstores continue to grow within the community, and 2016 becomes an especially proud year for readers.   On Saturday, Oct. 1, readers in Grand Rapids were […]

Putting the Power Back in the Pitch

By Lauren Bealore on October 30, 2016

Changing the Conversation in Detroit Gentrification. Revitalization. Crowdfunding. Grants. Opportunity. These have been the general buzz words around new development for business and economic growth in the City of Detroit. Some with a negative connotation…and some with the gleaming shimmer of hope for a city that at previous intervals has seen blight, bankruptcy, and overall […]

Barter Online with this Lansing Startup

By Jane Whitttington on October 28, 2016

Bartering has been around as long as people have. Our ancient ancestors, living in caves, likely bartered. Before money, there were trades for goods and services. When money entered the picture, it took the place of bartering; however, bartering is still part of our economy. In the 21st century, this kind of trading increasingly takes […]

Leadership Advice from Detroit Vanguard Winners

By Yvelette Stines on October 26, 2016

Earlier this month Detroit Young Professionals hosted the 6th  Annual Vanguard Awards. This ceremony and celebration is an event that is known as the preeminent peer selected awards ceremony for emerging leaders in Metro-Detroit. The awards highlight and profile the extraordinary efforts of young professionals and entrepreneurs that are walking in their purpose and excelling […]

Local Entrepreneur Creates Her Own Escape Games

By Yvelette Stines on October 20, 2016

Jennifer Bismack has a deep affection for games.  The Toledo, Ohio native, now living in Michigan, always enjoyed hosting game nights and bringing friends and families together for good times. When she tried an escape room she enjoyed the concept. An escape room is an adventure game where players are locked in a room and […]

So Awesome Brand Offers Gifts For Kids

By Jane Whitttington on October 19, 2016

When Marie-Claire Camp’s twin sons were little, their favorite toy was gift cards. No, not the things that were purchased with gift cards. The gift cards themselves. Plastic, colorful, smooth, fun to chew, and just the right size for little hands. Camp looked for a child’s plaything with the same allure as those gift cards […]

Many times when people see that there is a need for something, they will talk about it or complain that it is not available. There are other people who will courageously do something about it. For Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson, they saw a void, came together, and created The TEN Nail Bar. Noted as […]

Do you have a Purposeful Passion for your Business?

By Michael Mefli on October 15, 2016

For many entrepreneurs there is a hope, a wish that their business will be successful. There might even be a need for this success to occur. However, this is not enough to create a growing and successful business. For many entrepreneurs there is a desire to work where you want, on what you want, when […]