Marketing on an entrepreneur’s budget

When you are first starting out as an entrepreneur, you may have limited room in your budget for marketing. Fortunately, you don’t need to have a multi million dollar marketing department to create recognition for your brand. You just need…

Introducing Entrepreneur in Residence Matt Larson

Matt Larson has always been a self-starter. One afternoon when he was 3 years old, he told his mother he was going to play in the front yard. Instead, he walked eight blocks to downtown Ludington to go to work.…

Grand Valley student team receives Honorable Mention at TCU Values and Ventures Competition

On Saturday, April 9 Zoe Bruyn and Jordan Vanderham of Grand Valley State University received an honorable mention and $2,500 at the Sixth Annual Texas Christian University (TCU) Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Competition. The invite-only undergraduate business competition is…

SBIR/STTR Community Program and Networking

On April 20, Biotechnology Business Consultants (BBCetc) will be hosting an information panel and networking event at Blue 35 in downtown Grand Rapids that will address recent changes  made to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology…

Unstoppable! A Day of Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs & Makers

    On March 26, the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) will host Unstoppable! A Day of Celebrating  Women Entrepreneurs & Makers. The event is a collaboration between the GRAM, Local First, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW), Avenue for the Arts…

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…