Allen Neighborhood Center Serves the People of Lansing

By Jane Whitttington on March 22, 2017

In 1999, the Allen Neighborhood Center came into existence as a tool for community development specifically serving the neighborhood surrounding it. As it has grown and evolved, it has become all that and more. Its many programs, activities and services help the community in ways that continue to make the area vital and thriving. Based […]

Feeling Unmotivated? Five Tips to Get You Back on Track

By Yvelette Stines on March 20, 2017

We are moving along in 2017. Spring is quickly approaching. Many of us set resolutions and goals at the beginning of the year. There are some of us are still on track, and there are others who might have lost some motivation. If you are one of the people who are feeling a little stuck, […]

Entrepreneur YOU Conference for Women is Back

By Amanda Lewan on March 2, 2017

Entrepreneur YOU is the premier women led conference supporting other women entrepreneurs in the region. The conference is back again this month on March 15th, 8:30am-3:00 pm at Walsh College. The conference is a collaborative effort hosted by Inforum Michigan, Walsh College, and the Michigan’s Women Foundation. This year you can expect a lot of hands […]

This Entrepreneur Helps You Stay Organized

By Jane Whitttington on March 1, 2017

A common New Year’s resolution (second only to that perpetual desire to lose weight) is the hope, “This year, I’m going to get organized.” By this time of the year, that resolution has likely been postponed, forgotten or just given up for its difficulty. That’s where Susie Marsh, owner and operator of SOS, Susie’s Organization […]

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 […]