Two More Pitch for Grant Opportunities

By Amanda Lewan on July 15th, 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 […]

Care Convene: A Telehealth Approach

By Jane Whitttington on July 13th, 2017

Telehealth. While this may be an unfamiliar word to most people, the concept of using telecommunications technologies to enhance healthcare and deliver virtual medical, educational, and health support services is definitely on the rise. Chris Bailey, founder and CEO of Care Convene, has created a health technology company that develops user-friendly applications which give patients […]

One Week Left to Apply for $50K

By Amanda Lewan on July 8th, 2017

The City of Detroit has a long and growing list of resources for small business owners looking to put roots down. Whether it’s Motor City Match, Hatch, NEIdeas, there’s plenty of opportunity for business owners. Hatch Detroit is one of the top grant competitions that happens every year, giving away $50K to one lucky winner. […]

3 Breathing Exercises for Calming Nerves

By Yvelette Stines on July 6th, 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 […]

Grand Ventures Announces First Investment

By Amanda Lewan on June 29th, 2017

Grand Ventures, the new Midwest-focused fund that opened its doors earlier this year, just announced their first investment choosing startup Astronomer based in Cincinnati. Astronomer is a data engineering platform that helps organizations scale their data and analytics. The startup closed on a $3 Million dollar round, with funding from Grand Ventures, Frontline Ventures, Silicon Valley […]

Board Meetings Take to the Water

By Jane Whitttington on June 26th, 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 19th, 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 […]

Carrycott: Comfy for Baby, Easy for Mom and Dad

By Jane Whitttington on June 15th, 2017

Benjamin Eu has spent time in crowded urban communities like New York City and Singapore and couldn’t help but notice the difficulties parents were having maneuvering heavy, bulky strollers through stores, streets, subways, and into taxis, buses, and cars. Thinking about this led Eu to conduct over 100 interviews and surveys with parents and caregivers. […]

How ColorHub Is Pushing Reset On The Printing Industry

By Benjamin Seidman on June 5th, 2017

Every company’s journey starts with a founder or set of co-founders. ColorHub’s starts with two brothers from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Andrew Harris, now CMO, and Tim Harris, CEO. With entrepreneurial intentions, the two grew up dreaming about starting a business together. When Andrew was in college, he and Tim, who had been working in the […]

Making the Connection with Amy Cell Talent

By Jane Whitttington on May 19th, 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 16th, 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 […]

5 Things to Watch Out for at Detroit Startup Week

By Amanda Lewan on May 15th, 2017

Detroit Startup Week is back next week May 22nd – May 26th with the main basecamp of activity hosted in Midtown at the Masonic Temple. The entire week is full of community led free events covering topics such as entrepreneurship, technology, mobility, art, design and so much more. Last year almost 3,000 attendees came out […]

Cool Glasses for Cool Kids

By Jane Whitttington on May 10th, 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 […]

Starting May 1st two big grant competitions for businesses in Detroit are opening up, the Hatch Detroit retail competition, and the NEIdeas small business growth competition. These two grants will award entrepreneurs cash to open up shop or grow their companies in Detroit. Hatch Detroit is a $50,000 award for the 1st place winner, who […]

Fun for Grown-ups: Camp No Counselors

By Jane Whitttington on April 17th, 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 […]