New Seed Funding Available up to $150K

By Amanda Lewan on March 23, 2017

A new early stage investment fund has launched in Detroit, the First Step Fund. Hosted by Invest Detroit, along with support from the MEDC and New Economy Initiative, the fund will provide early stage investments from $50-150K. The fund is aiming to help bridge a gap in the region and help early stage companies prepare […]

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 […]