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 […]

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 […]