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…

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,…

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…

Teams place, win cash prizes in teen entrepreneur competition

  By Kayla Sosa Three teams of teen entrepreneurs took home cash prizes in the final pitch and showcase for the TESA program. TESA, the Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy is hosted by the Grand Valley State University Center for Entrepreneurship…

Spotlight: A Q&A with Calvin’s Lawn Care

By Kayla Sosa Calvin Pimpleton is a 16-year-old student at Innovation Central High School with a passion for business. Last winter, he saw a need in his neighborhood for shoveling services and he wanted a little extra cash in his…

Spotlight: Local veteran hopes to redefine masculinity for a younger generation of men

By Kayla Sosa A local man is hoping to change society’s view of masculinity through a new non-profit he’s calling ACES. Awareness, Compassion, Equity, Strength. That’s what ACES stands for, and what Trey Sumner is looking to for the foundation…