Greenlight Michigan Offers $100,000 to Michigan Startups

By Kavya Davuluri on February 13, 2018

The GreenLight Michigan Business Model Competition is preparing to give out another $100,000 to Michigan’s early-stage companies at their annual competition this March. Paul Jaques, Director of Student and Community Engagement for Spartan Innovations, expects phenomenal startups to gain connections, exposure, and, of course, funding in March. Jaques went on to describe some of their […]

Sergio Rodriguez and Jose Romo-Puerta, two friends from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, had similar experiences in doing odd jobs around their neighborhoods to pay their ways through college, with Rodriguez pursuing a masters in biomedical engineering and Romo-Puerta seeking a bachelors in business at Wayne State University. They had found numerous challenges in keeping track of […]

Pet Parents Pamper Pups

By Jane Whitttington on December 5, 2017

Splash and Dash Groomerie and Boutique on 28th Street in Grand Rapids is the perfect place to pamper your pet. It offers bathing, grooming, nail care, and spa treatments as well as a wide variety of doggie accessories and treats. A mother and daughter team, Vicki and Jayme Lesperance, are owners of this recently opened […]

Synergy Power: New Sources of Alternative Energy

By Jane Whitttington on December 5, 2017

Emil Ureel, President of Synergy Power, thought long and hard before he took the big step of quitting his secure job, taking a chance and committing himself full-time to the invention he had been working on for five years. Ureel says, “I was led to this decision in part by a particular Bible passage, Joshua […]

New Agency Traction Launches with Creative Problem Solving

By Jane Whitttington on September 27, 2017

Camron Gnass, founder of Traction, says that his company can best be described as a group of creative problem solvers who bring their clients’ stories to life. Gnass established his company (which has had a few different names over the years) in 1995 when he was only 19 years old. Realizing that college wasn’t the […]

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 […]