Detroit Nonprofit Day: Network, Learn, and Empower

By Kavya Davuluri on February 26, 2018

Bamboo Detroit, MP Consulting Group, and the University of Detroit Mercy’s School for Social Entrepreneurship have banded together to make Detroit Nonprofit Day the grandest conference of the season. With over 200 nonprofit founders, key executives, and team leaders, the conference aims to empower attendees to understand the knowledge, skills, resources, and relationships required for […]

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 […]

Cool Glasses for Cool Kids

By Jane Whitttington on May 10, 2017

It’s not just a business for Ben and Laura Harrison, founders and owners of Jonas Paul Eyewear in Grand Rapids. It’s personal. When their son, for whom the company is named, was born four years ago, it was discovered while they were still in the hospital that his sight was severely impaired. Laura says, “It […]

New Shops Pop-Up in Muskegon

By Jane Whitttington on April 7, 2017

Come May 4, downtown Muskegon will display a new landscape. Twelve pop-up shops will open and provide new retail options in mid-town. Originally, the plan was for eight shops, but the response from locals was so positive, another four are being built. According to City Clerk Ann Meisch, “We are building 12 chalet-style shops in […]

Entrepreneur Helps Parents ACT Naturally in Hair Industry

By Jane Whitttington on March 11, 2017

Aleka Thrash is a master multi-tasker. She has to be to keep all her projects, pursuits and passions running smoothly. Recently one of nine recipients of a LocalFirst LocalMotion award, Thrash keeps herself (very) busy with two flourishing businesses. One, ACTPhotoMedia, concentrates on photography and other media, while the other, NaturallyACT, focuses on hair, specifically […]

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 […]

The scent of success

By Jane Whitttington on January 29, 2017

Of the five senses, the sense of smell is perhaps the most evocative. Catch the scent of newly mown grass, coconut suntan lotion, a wood burning fire, the distinctive perfume of a certain person—these smells can transport us to another time, another place, another experience. The husband and wife team of Kevin Peterson and Jane […]

Adored Boutique: For Women, About Women, Aiding Women

By Jane Whitttington on January 23, 2017

Emily Smith, owner of Adored Boutique, says that the journey from concept to completion lasted only about 18 months. Devoutly religious, Smith feels that her faith played a big part in her vision and credits God with creating a new path for her life. She had been a nurse for over 18 years when she […]

Woosah Outfitters: Nature + Art +Clothing

By Jane Whitttington on January 20, 2017

The Urban Dictionary defines woosah as “to tell someone to calm down and relax”. Erica Lang, owner and operator of Woosah Outfitters uses the word as a mantra when she needs to slow down and take a breath. These days, her shop, both online and bricks-and-mortar, is busy enough that “woosah” can be hard to […]

Grand Rapids Company Mitten State Grows

By Jane Whitttington on January 16, 2017

Michiganders have a distinct advantage when we want to show people where we live.  All we have to do is hold up the hand and point to a spot. The geographical oddity of having a state that’s shaped like a mitten also gives rise to a perfect image for use on products that run the […]

Innovative Solutions: Christina Bellas Creates Make-Cup®

By Yvelette Stines on December 2, 2016

Ladies, have you ever wished that you could have your makeup all in one place at your fingertips while you are on the go? No searching for your eyeliner, no worries that your powder will spill in your purse, luggage, or makeup kit. Just quick and easy access perfectly tucked away in a stylish container. […]

Startup Creates Smart Bottoms, Locally Made Diapers

By Jane Whitttington on October 10, 2016

Welcoming a baby into the family is a joyful experience, but even the most doting moms and dads have to admit that diaper duty is not their favorite part of parenting. When Christy Malone and her husband welcomed their second daughter, they couldn’t know that her diapers would lead to a new career path. The […]

The York Project: Clothes with a Conscience

By Jane Whitttington on September 11, 2016

For Josh York and Will Taylor, it’s about more than simply creating a successful business. Through their company, the York Project, these young entrepreneurs also keep their eyes on the greater good. As their business grows, it rewards not only them but also helps the homeless in communities throughout the Midwest. As York says, “I […]

Kean’s Store: Eighty-eight Successful Years in Mason

By Jane Whitttington on August 9, 2016

For 88 years and counting, Kean’s has been an important part of life in Mason, Michigan, the county seat of Ingham County. Kean’s has weathered tough economic times, a changing marketplace and even a devastating fire and has come out stronger than ever and determined to continue to serve the citizens of Mason and surrounding […]

Metro Detroit Maker Faire is Coming Soon

By Amanda Lewan on July 20, 2016

The Maker Faire is back next weekend! Maker Faire Detroit brings together two days of makers, robots, tinkers and other fun gadgets. The event is hosted at the Henry Ford in Dearborn for two days, 9:30am-6pm on Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st. Hundreds of makers are expected to gather to share new ideas and […]