How to maintain healthy relationships with your business partners

There are many factors to consider when starting a venture; feasibility, financing, product to market fit. But what about healthy relationships with your business partners? No matter how earth shattering an idea is, a dysfunctional team can kill a winning…

Social Enterprise: New City Urban Farm

16-year-old Brennan Persenaire Hogeter is more than familiar with the effects of farming; he spent 11 years traveling around Africa with his family teaching new farming techniques to agricultural communities. “I have seen the impact of farms and the impact…

Design Briefs: Diversity in Tech

On Thursday evening, designers, entrepreneurs and community members will gather at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) to connect, share ideas and explore what it means for industries to be diverse for Design Breifs: Diversity in Tech. Kimberly Wolting heads the…

Social Enterprise: Ambrose at WMCAT

This is the first in an ongoing series about community leaders in West Michigan implementing entrepreneurial skills in youth education. Like any business, commercial screen printer Ambrose strives to provide their customers with a quality product at competitive pricing in…

5×5 Night Follow Up: Melanie Koops of Werth Rack

The Werth Rack was the winner of 5x5 Night in November 2015. “The worst thing is that you could look back and say, ‘oh, I wish I had tried, at least I could know if it would have been successful…

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

Ben Logan was the winner of 5x5 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…