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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:26

Love Bites

Two years ago, Josie Richardson was volunteering at the Kent County Animal Shelter (KCAS), training animals for rehoming and rewarding them with treats.

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 09:11

Styling a Better Life

Mireya Correa moved to the United States when she was 17, with dreams of pursuing an education that would be nearly impossible to obtain with her family's lack of money and resources in Mexico.

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When Shandra Steininger was 18, couch surfing felt safer than home. And then she met Audrey.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 05:19

Striving for Vibrancy

The first painting Michele Gort and her husband of 31 years bought as a couple was a signed Tulip Time poster. When it happened, she never thought that one day, her signature might be branded on the festival's poster.

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 07:43

Use Your Voice

Stacy Stout began her career in higher education and moved into community-based nonprofit work, public schools and philanthropy. Today, she serves as Assistant to the Grand Rapids City Manager, working to address structural racism and advising on authentic neighborhood engagement. She is also the recipient of the 2016 ATHENA Young Professional Award.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 05:14

How Snickerdoodles Could Change Statistics

Zoe Bruyn's younger cousin Wyatt has Down syndrome. As a child, he's fun, engaging and likes to bake, saying, "stir it up, stir it up." As an adult, research shows he'll be an important asset to a business or company by being one of the most loyal employees an employer could ask for. Wyatt, however, will struggle to find employment.

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If all entrepreneurial success stories share certain similarities, Maggie Feil's story has them in spades. Bravery, risk-taking, making a dream come true? Check. A tough first year followed by exponential growth and eventual success? Check. Incredibly supportive family, friends, and employees? Check. And to make it a bit more of a fairy tale, her business happens to be a bridal shop: Renee Austin Wedding. What could be more romantic?

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016 04:44

Put an Oar in the Water

If someone had told Amna Seibold 30 years ago that she would be mayor of East Grand Rapids, she would've said, "No. Not me."

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 08:45

Stay True to Your Mission

AM is a complete experience—an asana studio, meditation studio, 365 program, teAM and community events. It's yoga for the people. Anywhere and everywhere. And that's exactly what co-owners Ashley Yost and Mali Jane wanted.

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Monday, 21 November 2016 11:32

Entrepreneurship Is a Process

Thegreenglovedryer is the green energy solution to drying gloves, mittens and more ... and it's made in America. Karen Smoots took the challenge of drying wet winter accessories and turned it into a burgeoning business.

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