Local Business Resources during COVID-19

Because there’s a lot of information out there, we compiled some of the most available funding resources for West Michigan small businesses.  Note: This list will continue to update as we see more resources and as applications close. All of…

Sisters in Business: Building community by supporting women of color

By Kayla Sosa In an effort to support each other and the entrepreneurial community, four sisters came together in 2017 to form the organization, Sisters in Business.  Nicole Parker, Alisa Parker, Tiffany Parker and Teleshia Parker are four biological sisters,…

GR Noir invites customers to ‘exhale’ and unwind with wine, jazz

By Kayla Sosa A Grand Rapids couple are in the process of bringing a wine and jazz bar to the city.  Coming from a background in education, Nadia and Shatawn Brigham want to offer something to the community that’s accessible…

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…

How the European Innovation Academy enhances the GVSU entrepreneur student experience

By Kayla Sosa One of the best things Valerie Kozak said she did as a college student, is spend time studying abroad.  A senior at Grand Valley State University majoring in Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Kozak spent three weeks in Turin,…

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…