Ash & Erie, formally Ash & Anvil, pitched on Shark Tank airing this weekend and won over investor and entrepreneur Mark Cuban. Cuban invested $150K in the Detroit based startup. Ash & Erie make clothing for shorter guys, specifically focusing on a niche of men 5′ 8″ and under. The company started with their line […]

Two More Pitch for Grant Opportunities

By Amanda Lewan on July 15, 2017

Calling all startups and small businesses, we’ve found more pitch opportunities coming up to keep on your radar. In Pontiac their second annual Pitch n’ Pontiac is back. With partnership from CEED Lending, businesses can pitch and compete for prizes. First prize is $7,500 in cash with support services too. Those in food, technology, and […]

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 […]

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, […]

Modern Fitness Makes It Easy

By Jane Whitttington on February 16, 2017

Joe Johnson has combined his passion for physical fitness with innovation and a desire to become an entrepreneur in creating his new venture, Modern Fitness. He is well on his way to making a name for himself as his business grows, evolves and expands. Johnson, his wife Megan and Josiah Price, former tight end for […]

Cheers! Brix Soda Bubbles in West Michigan

By Jane Whitttington on December 28, 2016

Here’s the vocabulary quiz for the day: define “brix” and use it in a sentence. Stumped? Degrees Brix (symbol °Bx) is the sugar content of a liquid.  But Brix means something else in Grand Rapids these days. Brix Soda is a locally-made craft soda designed for those who want something different from the run-of-the-mill soft […]

Michigan Pantry Shows Market for Michigan Made Goods

By Jane Whitttington on October 23, 2015

It’s all local, all the time at Michigan Pantry. Virtually everything for sale at both the Holland store and the new location at the Grand Rapids City Market is made in Michigan, and most items, in fact, are from West Michigan. The Holland store was, for many years, called Shaker Messenger and was owned by […]

In Grand Rapids, Brandit Queen Wins the Noodle Battle

By Jane Whitttington on August 7, 2015

Ramen has long been the go-to cheap eats for college students. Pop open the package and pour hot water over the desiccated noodles and seasoning mix. That’s ramen, right? Bandit Queen answers that with a resounding, “No!” Their ramen is a whole new experience with ingredients like bone broth, pork belly, wakame, micro green, do […]