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An Easier Way to Garage Sale

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 06:40
Holly Anderson has been running garage sales with her friends for years. These organized neighborhood garage sales are no small undertakings—shoppers fill the streets of their neighborhood for two straight days. Holly and her friends would use poster board, masking tape and stickers to keep track of sales. Then, they'd spend hours gathered around the kitchen table calculating profits. Read more...

A Family Tradition

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 10:23
Being a mother to three sons—all under the age of 5—and helping run a successful long-standing business alongside her family members may seem crazy to some, but to Kelley Russo-Follett of Russo's International Market, this is her norm. Read more...
Anyone can run a business, but only few are successful. Over 10 years ago Amy Ritsema and Mary Kline joined and founded OnSite Wellness, a workplace wellness company in Grand Rapids. At a time when employers became more conscientious about their employees health, Amy and Mary saw an opportunity and acted upon it. Read more...

There’s A Way Out

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 07:42
Just days before Karen's second birthday, her parents died in a plane crash. Karen and her brother moved into an unsteady childhood, living with various family members for nearly a decade until settling in with their aunt and uncle. The uncle began sexually abusing Karen when she was 13—abuse that continued through high school, college and beyond. Read more...

Where There’s Breath, There’s Hope

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 10:20
Valencia Agnew, Ph.D., always loved psychology, but she was so sensitive to the feelings and needs of others, her mother often joked with her to "take it down a notch." Agnew decided she was good at math, so she pursued a business degree and majored in accounting. Read more...

Love Bites

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:26
Two years ago, Josie Richardson was volunteering at the Kent County Animal Shelter (KCAS), training animals for rehoming and rewarding them with treats. Read more...

Styling a Better Life

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 09:11
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. Read more...
When Shandra Steininger was 18, couch surfing felt safer than home. And then she met Audrey. Read more...

Striving for Vibrancy

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 05:19
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. Read more...

Use Your Voice

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 07:43
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. Read more...

 

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