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Matt Gira: Gearing up student entrepreneurs for success

By Kayla Sosa   With years of business experience, and waves of failure and success, entrepreneur Matt Gira is settling into his new role as the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Grand Valley State University Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.…

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Veronica Kirin: Entrepreneur, advocate, mentor and more

A Q&A with a GVSU alum who is making her mark in the business world and beyond By Kayla Sosa   Veronica Kirin is an international entrepreneur coach and hosts an online community called the Audacious Entrepreneur Sandbox. She is…

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Upcoming expo to highlight small businesses in Grand Rapids

  By Kayla Sosa The City of Grand Rapids and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc are partnering to host an expo for small businesses in the city.  Community members are encouraged to attend to meet local small business owners, who will…

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Experienced mentor helps nonprofits “Ascend to Greatness”

By Kayla Sosa Monique Salinas is no stranger to the nonprofit world; she has founded two nonprofits in the course of two decades. For 16 years, she directed Girls Choral Academy - a choir program for girls - and then…

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Rende Progress Capital: Creating equity in lending and investments

By Kayla Sosa A community organization in Grand Rapids is making it easier for entrepreneurs and small business owners who can’t obtain a bank loan through racial bias and inequity, to acquire funds. Rende Progress Capital was co-founded by Eric…

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Born Blessing: Supporting women during their path to and through motherhood

By Kayla Sosa A local woman is one of the recent winners of the Michigan Veteran Entrepreneur-Lab Showcase and Pitch Competition at Grand Valley State University. Ellie Dragstra wanted to become a doula - or maternal support practitioner - for…

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Shining light on inner and outer beauty with Life’s Beautiful Diamonds

By Kayla Sosa In an effort to spread self love to all women, Shawnda Louise Michael Jackson has started a transformational coaching service called Life’s Beautiful Diamonds. “I transform women’s lives from coal to beautiful diamonds,” Jackson said. “Those who…

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Veteran entrepreneurs awarded in second MVE pitch competition

By Kayla Sosa A second pitch competition concluded Monday night for the Michigan Veteran Entrepreneur-Lab at Grand Valley State University. Four participants took home winnings after a night of showcasing their business ideas, and then a timed pitch competition in…

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Nursing students, faculty win GVSU Laker Effect Challenge with disaster-preparedness event

By Kayla Sosa Nursing students and faculty won all the available prize money at Grand Valley State University’s Laker Effect Challenge, a pitch competition where students and staff team up with community partners to do something good for the community.…

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Teens pitch business ideas in new Junior Achievement competition

By Kayla Sosa The Junior Achievement of Michigan Great Lakes is a nonprofit founded in 1919 and is a partnership between business, education and volunteers in a common goal to help young people dream big and reach their potential. Through…