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The Neighborhood Coffee Shop

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 07:23
The worn wooden floorboards creak at The Sparrows Coffee Tea and Newsstand, and the back wall is five different shades of paint. "It's gritty, but warm and welcoming," said Lori Slager Wenzel, owner and founder. Read more...

And That’s the Bottom Line

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 07:45
Floriza Genautis, Founder and CEO of Management Business Solutions, Inc. (MBS), knows staffing. After graduating with a degree in math and computer application from De La Salle University in the Phillippines, she had a job waiting for her. Instead, Floriza moved to Silicon Valley to be closer to her family—and ended up mopping floors at Kentucky Fried Chicken. Read more...

Fashionably Faithful

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 06:12
A new boutique in East Hills boasts not only ethical and fashionable clothing, accessories and home goods, but a place of encouragement and reflection in faith. Adored Boutique opened December 2016 in the Uptown Shopping District. The 1,200-square foot building was previously Cheveux Salon and the owner, Emily Smith, is thrilled about the location and the new course her life has taken. Read more...

Still Flying

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 06:46
On July 12, 2017, Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation (AADF) flew into Grand Rapids to honor eight military veterans and military spouses who live at Covenant Village of the Great Lakes. AADF is a nonprofit organization with a mission to give back to those who have given, by providing flights in fully restored Boeing Stearman biplanes—the same aircraft used to train aviators in the 1930s and '40s. That morning, Jane (Baessler) Doyle took to the skies. Again. Read more...
What happens when the daughter of an entrepreneurial family graduates from law school, lands her dream job in Miami, then realizes she's really not in love with it like she thought she'd be? Read more...

Keep On Tasting

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 08:57
West Michigan Woman is thrilled that Amy Sherman will be joining us for Ladies Pint Out—again! Two years ago, she shared about her work with local food and some of her favorite places to grab food and drinks. But dang, this woman is busy! We just had to catch up with her. Read more...

Parks and Recreation

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:52
"If the sun is shining, or if I have time off, you'll find me outside," said Stephanie Adams, Executive Director, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. From white water rafting in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to running the Rock n Roll marathon in New Orleans, Adams and her husband are always looking for their next adventure. One of Stephanie's most recent undertakings began in March 2017, when she stepped into leadership at Friends of Grand Rapids Parks—an independent, citizen led, nonprofit enterprise that seeks to enhance the city's parks and public spaces. Read more...

Q&A: Sandra Gaddy

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 07:26
On March 22, 2017, Sandra Gaddy began her new role as CEO of Women's Resource Center (WRC)—a nonprofit organization that advocates for women to achieve economic independence through meaningful employment. Sandra brings over 20 years of experience in strategic planning and fund development to the position, as well as a talent for developing teams and building collaborative relationships. Read more...

A Bold Leader for a Bold Initiative

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 10:04
"A lot of who I am today has to do with the role my parents played in providing a family environment that is loving and focuses on supporting one another," said Erica Bills, Executive Director, Susan G. Komen Michigan. Read more...

Q&A: Author Hope Alcocer

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 08:10
Entrepreneur Hope Alcocer recently published her debut novel, Where Hope Lies—a story that follows the journey of Chloe Repaco, a 20-something college graduate in love with a soldier stationed overseas. It's a story of love, heartache and pain. And it's inspired by Alcocer's own emotional journey. Read more...
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