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 […]

Silver Star Café is tucked away in a comfortable corner of the Calder Building on Monroe Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids. Started by childhood friends Nate Peltier and Nate Nowak, it celebrated its grand opening on March 1st and is going “Army strong”. With a military theme, it attracts veterans (and offers them a ten […]

Detroit Hosts Tech Equity Week

By Amanda Lewan on April 10th, 2017

Tech Equity Week is coming to Detroit, to foster equity and inclusion in the world of tech. Led by the non-profit tech education company Journi, Tech Equity Week has planned out nine different events over the course of ten days in the city. From a hackathon to a gala, there will be a tech event […]

New Shops Pop-Up in Muskegon

By Jane Whitttington on April 7th, 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 […]

Arts and Tech Talks Meet at Intermitten

By Amanda Lewan on April 6th, 2017

Ann Arbor’s Intermitten conference is back, merging talks from the tech and arts together for a weekend of inspiration June 8th- June 9th. The goal of Intermitten is to “explore ways in which creativity has an ever-expanding rol in our increasingly-connected world.”  The team hopes to expose Ann Arbor’s local creative community to visitors, too. […]

Four Tips That Will Keep You Focused and Productive

By Yvelette Stines on April 3rd, 2017

Anything new brings a lot of opportunity, if you allow it. There are some easy ways to create a week full of productivity. Realize that situations will happen that are out of our control, but if you follow a structured system, whatever comes our way should be easier to manage. Each week sit down and […]

Brittni Brown is Changing the Game of Public Relations

By Yvelette Stines on March 29th, 2017

It was in college when Brittni Brown would start her public relations career of innovation and excellence. At the time, she was continuing the tradition of her family and studying to be an educator. Like most students, she got involved in the campus community and joined some organizations. What started as a project, became the […]

The Need for an Executive Summary

By Ron Cocquyt on March 29th, 2017

Entrepreneurs are always encouraged to produce certain documents on behalf of their new business ventures. Over and over, they hear “Business Plan.” They hear “Marketing Plans.” And most of the time, they locate a template online that helps them craft either or both of these documents, or they simply skip the exercise altogether. For many, […]

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 […]