small business

Vendor Spotlight: Rose Beerhorst

by (DwellingPlaceCo...)

Submitted 07-02-2014 under NONPROFITS

Walking up to Rose Beerhorst’s booth at The Market on First Fridays in June, her bright, circular rugs with tasteful bold patterns immediately caught my eye. They have that cozy, handmade feel that would bring warmth and folky style to any...

[read more]

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women recognizes outstanding women in business

by (growgrandrapids)

Submitted 10-23-2013 under NONPROFITS

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW), a Small Business Administration Women’s Business Center, recently held their annual Seeds of GROWth Conference and Luncheon with an awards ceremony at the JW Marriott in Downtown Grand Rapids on...

[read more]

GROW Microloan Program driving small business growth with $600,000 to lend

by (growgrandrapids)

Submitted 09-10-2013 under NONPROFITS

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW), a Small Business Administration (SBA) Women’s Business Center, has received $600,000 through the SBA to lend to West Michigan businesses. GROW is currently accepting applications for potential...

[read more]

Join the GROW Spirit Station this Saturday for Gazelle Girl

by (growgrandrapids)

Submitted 04-08-2013 under NONPROFITS

Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5k is this Saturday, April 13, and the races start at 8 a.m.! In case you haven't heard, this historic race is a women’s run to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Title IX, and the proceeds are...

[read more]

GROW business owner brings Michigan-made products abroad

by (growgrandrapids)

Submitted 03-28-2013 under NONPROFITS

Deb Tacoma’s story is one of true entrepreneurship and invention. The creator the Freedom Wand, a versatile, multi-purpose hygiene tool, has a strong bond with her customers because she was in a similar situation a few years ago. Deb was in an...

[read more]

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women congratulates top women-owned businesses

by (growgrandrapids)

Submitted 03-18-2013 under NONPROFITS

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) has released an announcement congratulating the Top Women Owned Businesses and urges others to take advantage of entrepreneurial training and small business resources. Grand Rapids Business Journal holds a...

[read more]

Play it again: Local record shop keeps spinning vinyl

by (i.sarnicola)

Submitted 12-06-2012 under NEWS

It's 1:00 pm on a Saturday afternoon, and the Corner Record Shop parking lot is full, forcing customers to find parking in the adjacent lot next door. Neil Young's Harvest is playing softly in the background, and the scent of Nag Champa...

[read more]

Stiletto Sweets turns hobby into sophisticated cakery success

by (lizstudt)

Submitted 10-31-2012 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Stiletto Sweets is a special order, in house cake and cupcake bakery that specializes in unique creations and designs for every client. Founder Noddea Moore Skidmore’s vision takes Stiletto Sweets beyond the typical bakery. “It’s...

[read more]

Uptown Kitchen: Cooking up a small business

by (Chelsea)

Submitted 11-11-2011 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Kelly LeCoy recently graduated from Calvin College with a business and marketing degree. For her final thesis project before graduating last May, LeCoy drafted a business plan for a community commercial kitchen space to help local businesses grow...

[read more]

Beyond the poll: join the "shop local" conversation

by (LCirivello)

Submitted 10-11-2011 under OPINION

Normally the weekly Rapidian poll is designed to stand on its own: created for fun, to offer an idea for quiet consideration, or to encourage brief exchanges between fellow Rapidians. This time though, I want to personally encourage everyone to use...

[read more]