It looks like Hospice of Michigan will need to spend considerable time in the counting house. The group raised well more than $1.3 million for pediatric hospice programs through the "Big Picture Project," which this weekend featured the
Frequent Business Journal contributing photographer JeffDykehouse also was instrumental in the project.
The movie gets its name and illustration from
Van Allsburg spent the entire week in
The movie preview (so called because
Even greater excitement was generated, however, as PeterScolari arrived with his two young children, Keaton and
Bigger still was the gratitude and praise for JamesFahner, M.D., who helped start the Hospice program, and his event co-chair, JuneHammersma
- The White House is still occupied by President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry still has his seat in Congress, so not much has changed on the political front, right?
Well, not exactly. According to the Small Business Association of Michigan, the Michigan House of Representatives will have a decidedly small business flavor next year.
SBAM calculates that 47 of 110 state representatives next year will either own a small business or have their roots in small business. This compares to 41 House members this year. SBAM said 21 of the 36 lawmakers elected last Tuesday fit into the small business category.
"This is an encouraging trend that tells us something very positive about the visibility and importance of entrepreneurship and small business in
Fowler added that the 47 lawmakers include 35 Republicans and 12 Democrats, indicating "the potential for strong bi-partisan support in addressing these challenges."
- SBAM's all-star in the legislature, however, just might be on the Senate side.
The organization credits Sen. WayneKuipers, R-Holland, with a 100 percent score on SBAM's list of key Senate roll call votes during the 2002-04 session, ranging on issues from taxes and regulation to health care.
"As we look toward the tax and regulatory issues that will be considered in the next legislative session, we urge all lawmakers to be as perceptive as Sen. Kuipers to the needs of small business," Fowler said.
KenSikkema, R-Wyoming, was cited for voting with the SBAM position at least 90 percent of the time.
- Small business gets another turn in the spotlight tonight when a trio of home-based entrepreneurs from Cedar Springs is featured at on "Buy American Radio."
The worldwide Internet talk-radio show, which is hosted by New York Myke, can be accessed at www.wsRadio.com
The hour-long show will profile MelodySystma from LainaLine, a children's specialty clothing maker that is completely hand tailored; JayneSchumann of White Creek Tile, a manufacturer of "Write On Tile," a handcrafted, ceramic message tile with kiln-fired designs that uses dry-erase markers for decorative purposes; and MaryGardner from Grandpa Joe's LLC.
"Mary invented a sweet, spicy blend of herbs and spices that covers the human scent, attracts deer and can be used as a feed," said RonSchaefer, senior account rep for wsRadio.com.
And you thought Cedar Springs was best known for its Red Flannel underwear.
- Speaking of what cities are known for, a new book by SylviaLovely called "New Cities in
: The Little Blue Book of Big Ideas" prominently features America Grand Rapids
The Lexington, Ky.-based author includes a section on the $7.5 million Avenue for the Arts Initiative, which will turn several rundown buildings on
Lovely quotes AndyGuy of the Michigan Land Institute (and a
"You'd almost have to live in this community to fully appreciate what's being done, particularly on
The book credits Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids CEO DennisSturtevant with leading the charge along Division and in the Heartside neighborhood, working with lawmakers, developers and public and philanthropic funding sources to find "creative ways to make the project a long-term success."
"He's just done some unbelievable stuff in really mining all the opportunities in state law and finding other funding," Guy said of Sturtevant. "He's looked at all kinds of potential money and wired it up to where it works."
The book also hints at the burgeoning life-sciences industry locally and mentions Gov. JenniferGranholm's Cool Cities Initiative.
Not bad for just three pages.