New Seed Funding Available up to $150K

By Amanda Lewan on March 23rd, 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 […]

Allen Neighborhood Center Serves the People of Lansing

By Jane Whitttington on March 22nd, 2017

In 1999, the Allen Neighborhood Center came into existence as a tool for community development specifically serving the neighborhood surrounding it. As it has grown and evolved, it has become all that and more. Its many programs, activities and services help the community in ways that continue to make the area vital and thriving. Based […]

Feeling Unmotivated? Five Tips to Get You Back on Track

By Yvelette Stines on March 20th, 2017

We are moving along in 2017. Spring is quickly approaching. Many of us set resolutions and goals at the beginning of the year. There are some of us are still on track, and there are others who might have lost some motivation. If you are one of the people who are feeling a little stuck, […]

Google Demo Day Detroit is Open for Applications

By Amanda Lewan on March 14th, 2017

Google’s Demo Day in Detroit is back in action this month at Grand Circus, the local tech training institute, for Friday, March 30th. Startups can apply now to pitch in front of a panel of judges. One winner of the Detroit event will get the opportunity to travel to the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, […]

We love to see successful founders go on to starting their next companies in the region. Former co-founders of BillHighway, Steve Robert and Aaron Schmid, are now at it again with a new fintech startup called Autobooks. Autobooks is a technology licensed by financial institutions that allows small businesses to gain access to tools typically only available for larger commercial […]

Entrepreneur Helps Parents ACT Naturally in Hair Industry

By Jane Whitttington on March 11th, 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 […]

Entrepreneur YOU Conference for Women is Back

By Amanda Lewan on March 2nd, 2017

Entrepreneur YOU is the premier women led conference supporting other women entrepreneurs in the region. The conference is back again this month on March 15th, 8:30am-3:00 pm at Walsh College. The conference is a collaborative effort hosted by Inforum Michigan, Walsh College, and the Michigan’s Women Foundation. This year you can expect a lot of hands […]

This Entrepreneur Helps You Stay Organized

By Jane Whitttington on March 1st, 2017

A common New Year’s resolution (second only to that perpetual desire to lose weight) is the hope, “This year, I’m going to get organized.” By this time of the year, that resolution has likely been postponed, forgotten or just given up for its difficulty. That’s where Susie Marsh, owner and operator of SOS, Susie’s Organization […]

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 […]