PODCAST: How Local Entrepreneurs Are Responding to a Global Pandemic

By Kayla Sosa Listen to the full podcast this story is accompanied by below:   https://soundcloud.com/user-533504696/what-the-hustle-podcast-ep-1-gvsu-small-businesses-and-covid19 With the virus COVID-19 causing a global pandemic, colleges around the country have closed and moved online, including Grand Valley State University. In the…

5 tips from GVSU alum, business owner Jermale Eddie

  By Kayla Sosa Jermale Eddie is a GVSU graduate and owner of Malamiah Juice Bar in downtown Grand Rapids. The family business began in 2012 with Eddie’s interest in juicing and then his wife, Anissa Eddie’s, idea to start…

Diversity’s Kitchen: Serving homemade foods inspired by grandmother’s recipes

By Kayla Sosa For Jenea Irvin, cooking is more than a job - it's a passion. As the owner of Diversity's Kitchen - a takeout food service - wife, and mother of four children, Irvin spends a lot of her…

Local Start Up Grind chapter exists to uplift entrepreneurial communities

By Kayla Sosa In Grand Rapids, there are many entrepreneurs and organizations that support their work and needs, but there’s not always a steady connection between the two.  Corey Hart, local entrepreneur, is looking to bridge that gap as the…

Local veteran building bladesmithing business

By Kayla Sosa A student in the Michigan Veteran Entrepreneur Lab program is building up his side business in custom knife making.  Shawn Moulenbelt, 52, might be part of the weekly entrepreneurship program at Grand Valley State University, but he’s…

Maceda’s Events: The husband and wife duo making events happen across West Michigan

By Kayla Sosa From decorations, to catering, to choreography and planning, husband and wife Jose Juarez-Aguilar and Diana Maceda do it all. Maceda’s Events started unofficially through word of mouth. Maceda’s friends and family members noticed over the years how…

It starts with food: How a new meal prep company is launching a positive mindset movement

By Kayla Sosa One small, upcoming business is trying to spread the message that a healthier mindset, starts with what you put into your body. Mindset Meals is a new, meal-prep service aimed to provide healthy, already cooked meals to…

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…

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…

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…