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Annual pitch competition inspires social justice work in the community

By Kayla Sosa An unique pitch competition allows participants to compete for money with a goal of  helping others, not just themselves. Four teams will compete for $5,000 in funding at the upcoming Grand Valley State University Laker Effect Challenge.…

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Spotlight: Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women

By Kayla Sosa This year marks 30 years that a local Grand Rapids organization has been helping women start their own businesses. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, or G.R.O.W., is a nonprofit organization that supports business owners at every stage…

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Q&A: Dean Lawson, GVSU Seidman College of Business

By Kayla Sosa Diana Lawson brings years of international business and business leadership experience to her role as the Dean of the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. She has led and taught at universities nationally and…

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Boston Square Brewing Company: Entrepreneur plans to open first black-owned brewery in Michigan

  By Kayla Sosa When Terry Rostic, Project Manager at Rockford Construction, decided to open up a brewery, he couldn’t think of a better location than the neighborhood he grew up in: Grand Rapids’ own Boston Square. “It’s a nice,…

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The state of black business in Grand Rapids

What a local advocacy organization is doing to support black entrepreneurs By Kayla Sosa Jamiel Robinson is the founder of GRABB – Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses – an organization that supports and assists black business owners and entrepreneurs in…

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Student entrepreneur club president’s five takeaways from national conference

By Kayla Sosa Back in November, the Grand Valley State University Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) traveled to Kansas City, Missouri to attend the national CEO conference. Club president and GV senior Ben Parsell learned a lot as a leader and…