Social Impact Startup Weekend Returns to Detroit

By Amanda Lewan on February 24th, 2017

Startup Weekend, a weekend long event bringing together coders, designers and business folks, is coming back to Detroit with a focus on social entrepreneurship. The event will be March 17th-March 19th at Cleary University. The event allows anyone to come and join in on a team to build a business over the course of the […]

The Grid Arcade and Bar To Open in Lansing

By Jane Whitttington on February 23rd, 2017

Now Lansing residents can relive the days of their youth—if their youth includes the 70’s and 80’s. The Grid Arcade and Bar is coming to Old Town and bringing with it a lively atmosphere, craft beers from across the state and the nation, and retro video games. Corey Montie and Callie Mykut, co-owners, are putting […]

Meet Michigan’s Newest VC Fund Grand Ventures

By Amanda Lewan on February 18th, 2017

In Michigan Venture Capital has been on a slow and steady rise. Now, experienced investor Tim Streit of Huron River Ventures along with McKeel Hagerty an entrepreneur and investor, launched the newest VC firm Grand Ventures.  Previously Streit co-founded Huron River Ventures, which raised $16 million and invested in leading technology companies including Ambiq Micro […]

Modern Fitness Makes It Easy

By Jane Whitttington on February 16th, 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 […]

Hoom House Offers Hope for Families Dealing with Autism

By Jane Whitttington on February 12th, 2017

A diagnosis of autism can be devastating for any parent. The Centers for Disease Control says that one in 68 children ages three-17 in the United States have been diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Autism is a hugely complicated disorder, defined by Autism Speaks, a well-regarded autism advocacy and education organization, this way:  “Autism spectrum […]

Squibb Coffee Bar: A coffee shop with a community of its own

By Chucky Blackmore on February 3rd, 2017

Acknowledging that Grand Rapids is a breeding ground for great tasting coffee is surely an understatement.  No matter how you like your coffee served, creativity finds its way into every cup in West Michigan.  Of course there are preferred franchises like Starbucks, Biggby, and Dunkin’ Donuts, however family-owned coffee shops are gaining a lot of […]

10 Ways to Incorporate Self-Care to Your Hustle

By Yvelette Stines on February 1st, 2017

Our world, at times, is spinning so quickly with deadlines, responsibilities, and taking care of everything else we forget about one important detail? Ourselves. It is important to take time out, rest, and focus on yourself mind, body, and soul. In order for sustainable balance and success we must find the time to really embrace […]

The scent of success

By Jane Whitttington on January 29th, 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 […]

10 Motivational Quotes for Entrepreneurs

By Yvelette Stines on January 26th, 2017

  Entrepreneurship is a rewarding journey. There are times as you are going along this path, that discouragement and doubt will set in. This is normal, but it is also important that you don’t stay in this space. The moment you decided to become an entrepreneur or pursue your dreams, is the moment that you […]

Desai Accelerator Announces Next Cohort and Director

By Amanda Lewan on January 25th, 2017

This week the Desai Accelerator announced its next round of startups and its new managing director, U-M alumna Angela Kujava, formerly the director of innovation for the global application development firm Logic Solutions. Angel has more than a decade of experience working with entrepreneurs, will build on the Desai program. The next five early-stage startups participating […]

Adored Boutique: For Women, About Women, Aiding Women

By Jane Whitttington on January 23rd, 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 20th, 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 16th, 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 […]

Techstars Mobility Call for Apps Open

By Amanda Lewan on January 10th, 2017

Techstars Mobility in Detroit is open again for applications. Techstars Mobility, driven by Detroit, focuses on software, hardware and advanced materials businesses building technologies that will power the efficient movement of people, goods and services across all modes of transportation. The next program runs from Jul 24, 2017 – Oct 18, 2017. About a dozen companies […]

The Uncertainty of Entrepreneurship

By Michael Mefli on January 6th, 2017

We have all heard the saying “The are no guarantees in life,” and in the entrepreneurial eco system, this is especially true. The road to growth and success as an entrepreneur will require facing risk, dealing with uncertainty and being willing to find internal motivation to move through obstacles and challenges. Saying this is not […]