There are times as children, we have a dream that might seem unreal to the masses. These dreams are tucked in our heart as we navigate life. For some, it is rare that our childhood dreams become a reality. For Vinnie McClure, Owner of Ashley & Alexandria’s Bridal Boutique, her childhood fantasy is her reality. […]

5 Never-ending Lessons of Entrepreneurship

By Chanel Hampton on August 15, 2017

This month, LinkedIn so conveniently reminded me of my 2-year anniversary of launching my company, Hampton Consulting—thank you to everyone who sent encouragement, support, and love! I am not sure if this is a symptom of getting older or simply loving the work I do each day, yet this past 24 months has flown by! […]

Discover Michigan Grows Tourist Business

By Jane Whitttington on August 8, 2017

Grand Rapidians and Michiganders are proud of their home and welcome the opportunity to share its rich history, inviting attractions, and stunning beauty to others. Now a business in Grand Rapids does just that. Discovering Michigan regularly offers tours of Grand Rapids as well as visits to Traverse City wineries and can provide pre-set tours […]

When Nikki Pardo, started her company, Global Alliance Solutions, it came from a place of personal passion and to bring awareness to diversity and inclusion. Pardo experienced discrimination in the workplace first hand, and she knew that something had to change. She also knew that she never wanted to go through the experience again or […]

Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs

By Jane Whitttington on July 26, 2017

There’s a rich and rewarding event coming up for Lansing entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs. On August 23 and 24, LEAP (Lansing Economic Area Partnership) and Spartan Innovations will host its fifth annual Greater Lansing Entrepreneurial Boot Camp. This event will bring together fledgling entrepreneurs and professionals with expertise in the areas that matter most when […]

3 Breathing Exercises for Calming Nerves

By Yvelette Stines on July 6, 2017

Are you ready to get back into the work grind after a holiday weekend? As entrepreneurs and startup folks, we deal with stress all the time. When we are stressed our mind can play some tricks on us. Sometimes when we are stressed it seems as if everything is amplified. As entrepreneurs, you wear many hats […]

Board Meetings Take to the Water

By Jane Whitttington on June 26, 2017

Michigan is known as the “water wonderland” and with good reason: there are 11,000 inland lakes in Michigan, and, of course, there are the Great Lakes as well. Since we’re lucky enough to live here, taking advantage of the state’s lakes—large and small—is almost a requirement. Paul Boynton has dialed into that wet, wavy, watery […]

Four Ways You Can Stay Focused Through Stress

By Yvelette Stines on June 19, 2017

You are sailing along with life and moving along your path pretty smoothly. You are taking time to smell the flowers and smiling at the sun. Out of nowhere, chaos comes with no proper introduction. Now what? Well it’s time for a character check, the universe want to test you through some chaos. It’s different […]

Making the Connection with Amy Cell Talent

By Jane Whitttington on May 19, 2017

Amy Cell has mastered the art and science of bringing together top-notch employees with businesses looking for just the right person to help move their companies forward. Blending years of experience with the ability to see both what an employer needs and what an employee can provide has made Amy Cell Talent thrive. Cell says, […]

Meet Jereshia Hawk, An Inspirational Income Strategist

By Yvelette Stines on May 16, 2017

By day Jereshia Hawk is a Transmission Pipeline Engineer for a fortune 500 company. She leads $400 million-dollar pipeline projects. One would with her 9-5, she has limited time for other projects. This is not the case. As a natural born leader, Hawk is the founder and CEO of the Goal Getter Group her company […]

Fun for Grown-ups: Camp No Counselors

By Jane Whitttington on April 17, 2017

Remember summer camp? Sitting around the fire, roasting marshmallows for s’mores, telling stories, and singing songs. Swimming in the lake, hiking through the woods, gazing at the stars. Crafts, games, new friends. Now it’s possible for grown-ups to reexperience those days gone by—with one important exception. No counselors! This happy childhood experience is now available […]

Four Tips That Will Keep You Focused and Productive

By Yvelette Stines on April 3, 2017

Anything new brings a lot of opportunity, if you allow it. There are some easy ways to create a week full of productivity. Realize that situations will happen that are out of our control, but if you follow a structured system, whatever comes our way should be easier to manage. Each week sit down and […]

Brittni Brown is Changing the Game of Public Relations

By Yvelette Stines on March 29, 2017

It was in college when Brittni Brown would start her public relations career of innovation and excellence. At the time, she was continuing the tradition of her family and studying to be an educator. Like most students, she got involved in the campus community and joined some organizations. What started as a project, became the […]

The Need for an Executive Summary

By Ron Cocquyt on March 29, 2017

Entrepreneurs are always encouraged to produce certain documents on behalf of their new business ventures. Over and over, they hear “Business Plan.” They hear “Marketing Plans.” And most of the time, they locate a template online that helps them craft either or both of these documents, or they simply skip the exercise altogether. For many, […]

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 […]