Detroit Nonprofit Day: Network, Learn, and Empower

By Kavya Davuluri on February 26th, 2018

Bamboo Detroit, MP Consulting Group, and the University of Detroit Mercy’s School for Social Entrepreneurship have banded together to make Detroit Nonprofit Day the grandest conference of the season. With over 200 nonprofit founders, key executives, and team leaders, the conference aims to empower attendees to understand the knowledge, skills, resources, and relationships required for […]

Greenlight Michigan Offers $100,000 to Michigan Startups

By Kavya Davuluri on February 13th, 2018

The GreenLight Michigan Business Model Competition is preparing to give out another $100,000 to Michigan’s early-stage companies at their annual competition this March. Paul Jaques, Director of Student and Community Engagement for Spartan Innovations, expects phenomenal startups to gain connections, exposure, and, of course, funding in March. Jaques went on to describe some of their […]

Sergio Rodriguez and Jose Romo-Puerta, two friends from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, had similar experiences in doing odd jobs around their neighborhoods to pay their ways through college, with Rodriguez pursuing a masters in biomedical engineering and Romo-Puerta seeking a bachelors in business at Wayne State University. They had found numerous challenges in keeping track of […]

Shannon Cohen: Leading with Heart

By Jane Whitttington on December 5th, 2017

For Shannon Cohen, her business isn’t just a career, it’s a way to create a good, balanced, and affirming life for herself and others. Cohen, who received a Master’s Degree from Grand Valley State University in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management, founded her company, Community Ventures, by taking a leap of faith soon after graduation. […]

Pet Parents Pamper Pups

By Jane Whitttington on December 5th, 2017

Splash and Dash Groomerie and Boutique on 28th Street in Grand Rapids is the perfect place to pamper your pet. It offers bathing, grooming, nail care, and spa treatments as well as a wide variety of doggie accessories and treats. A mother and daughter team, Vicki and Jayme Lesperance, are owners of this recently opened […]

J. Autrey Invites Customers to Live Bolder

By Jane Whitttington on December 5th, 2017

J. Autrey has created a new line of lipsticks that are sure to please customers looking for out-of-the-ordinary cosmetic choices. With colors like candy land (hot pink), conversation (caramel), love drought (grey), purple reign (pinky-purple), and silent killer (black), his lipsticks are not only fashion forward, they are also cruelty-free and designed to last longer […]

Synergy Power: New Sources of Alternative Energy

By Jane Whitttington on December 5th, 2017

Emil Ureel, President of Synergy Power, thought long and hard before he took the big step of quitting his secure job, taking a chance and committing himself full-time to the invention he had been working on for five years. Ureel says, “I was led to this decision in part by a particular Bible passage, Joshua […]

Renwick Brutus: From Guyana to Grand Rapids

By Jane Whitttington on October 24th, 2017

Renwick Brutus has come a long way, both literally and figuratively, from his birthplace in Guyana, a small South American country near Brazil and Venezuela, to his current role as founder of three businesses, including Achievement Resources, in Grand Rapids. Born and raised on a sugar plantation, Brutus says that he was often sick as […]

Ash & Erie, formally Ash & Anvil, pitched on Shark Tank airing this weekend and won over investor and entrepreneur Mark Cuban. Cuban invested $150K in the Detroit based startup. Ash & Erie make clothing for shorter guys, specifically focusing on a niche of men 5′ 8″ and under. The company started with their line […]

Meet Eight Startups Pitching for Rise of Rest

By Amanda Lewan on September 30th, 2017

AOL Founder Steve Case is coming back to Michigan for his Rise of the Rest with Steve Case showcase. The event series aims to spur investments and awareness of talented tech startups in cities outside of Silicon Valley. The event is open for RSVP, taking place in Ann Arbor at the Michigan Theater. There will […]

New Agency Traction Launches with Creative Problem Solving

By Jane Whitttington on September 27th, 2017

Camron Gnass, founder of Traction, says that his company can best be described as a group of creative problem solvers who bring their clients’ stories to life. Gnass established his company (which has had a few different names over the years) in 1995 when he was only 19 years old. Realizing that college wasn’t the […]

EmpowerHER offers up to $50K in Prizes

By Amanda Lewan on September 26th, 2017

EmpowerHER, a partnership between Ford Motor Company Fund and Michigan Women’s Foundation, will offer a continuum of programs and services to women wishing to start or grow Social Venture Enterprises. A social venture enterprise: fundamentally exists to solve a real community problem must focus on a product or service people will pay for must follow […]

Signing Savvy: Talking with Our Hands

By Jane Whitttington on September 21st, 2017

American Sign Language or ASL was developed as early as 1817 at the American School for the Deaf in New England. Since then, it has grown and evolved into a unique language used by the deaf community, their families, friends, and co-workers.  Before the development of ASL, deaf people may well have used idiosyncratic signs […]

Startup Boost Applications Now Open

By Amanda Lewan on September 20th, 2017

Detroit was chosen as one of a handful of cities to host the global pre-accelerator Startup Boost. The free six week mentorship program is open for applications now through September 26th. Each week startups will participate in pitch practices and meet with mentors and investors in order to prepare for funding. “The program has already […]

There are times as children, we have a dream that might seem unreal to the masses. These dreams are tucked in our heart as we navigate life. For some, it is rare that our childhood dreams become a reality. For Vinnie McClure, Owner of Ashley & Alexandria’s Bridal Boutique, her childhood fantasy is her reality. […]