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5×5 Night follow up: Ben Logan of Ben’s Buzz Box

Ben Logan was the winner of 5×5 Night in September 2015

It is no secret that the fate of the honey bee is tied closely with our own. One third of all the world’s food is dependent on pollination by the the honey bee.

“Honey bees are the pillars of our food system,”said Anna Marie Fauvel, a representative of the Michigan Beekeepers Association and faculty adviser for the GVSU Beekeeping Student Organization.

The honey bee population is currently in crisis, with hive populations declining at an average annual rate of 33% since 2006.

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5×5 Night follow up: Liz Bartlett of KNITit

Liz Bartlett was the winner of 5×5 Night in July 2015

“I believe that when I get to the next level and am vertically integrated and manufacturing,” says Liz Bartlett. “I can bring a lot of jobs, not just to Michigan, not just to Grand Rapids, but to downtown.”

Bartlett has big plans for her company, KNITit, which specializes in 3D weft knit product and was awarded $5,000 in investment capital at 5×5 Night in July.