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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...

How Snickerdoodles Could Change Statistics

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 05:14
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. Read more...
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? Read more...

Put an Oar in the Water

Wednesday, 28 December 2016 04:44
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." Read more...

Be Bold. Be Who You Are.

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 05:02
Keloni Seawood-Walton always had an interest in fashion. She learned how to sew in second grade—starting with pajama pants and pillowcases. Now, she's designing outfits for community fashion shows. Read more...

Stay True to Your Mission

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 08:45
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. Read more...

Entrepreneurship Is a Process

Monday, 21 November 2016 11:32
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. Read more...

There Is So Much GOOD.

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 07:08
Posh Petals offers floral, planning and rental pieces, and an exquisite selection of gift items from artisans whose product complements its floral arrangements. Elizabeth Schenk, Posh Petals owner and creative director, tends a long love of floral design that has blossomed into a world of colorful inspiration and delightful events. Read more...

Extraordinary Perseverance

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 00:00
Doreen Bolhuis began teaching sports skills to young girls in her backyard. As a fourth grader. Read more...

Pretty Darn Successful

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 00:00
Cynthia Kay, president and owner of Cynthia Kay and Co. Media Production and co-author of Stop Wishing. Stop Whining. Start Leading: A No-Nonsense Guide for Women Who Aspire to Lead, worked in broadcasting for 13 years—and she was "pretty darn successful." Read more...