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Good cider is pretty simple

Engelsma’s Apple Barn wins the statewide cider contest again this year.

December 19, 2014
Jim, Becky and Bridget Engelsma’s recipe for award-winning fresh apple cider is pretty simple as far as the ingredients go: several varieties of apples, period. No preservatives, either. Read More

Connections make difference for minority firms

Jim Roberts says creating a network benefits everyone.

December 19, 2014
There remains a dearth of minority-owned-businesses in West Michigan. Read More

Developer plans up to six retailers on Wealthy Street

December 19, 2014
One of the minds behind the Wealthy Street and Hall Street bakeries is planning a $2-million project on Wealthy Street with up to seven retail spaces and a pair of apartments. Read More

Furniture dealer develops showroom downtown

December 18, 2014
An office furniture dealer is developing a new multi-purpose space that will allow it to be part of “the downtown Grand Rapids creative community.” Read More

Start Garden invests $20K more in app

December 18, 2014
A startup bridging the communication gap between local businesses and their customers has secured another $20,000 in funding from Start Garden. Read More

Floriza Genautis recruits growth

December 16, 2014
Floriza Genautis is the principal and founder of Management Business Solutions, a Grand Rapids-based firm providing customized solutions for staffing and recruiting. Read More

Sandra Frost Steensma counsels nonprofits

December 16, 2014
Sandra Frost Steensma is president and founder of Parrish Consulting, a nonprofit consulting business specializing in annual fundraising, capacity building and endowment fundraising. Read More

Wristband maker grows into two-for-one giving campaign

December 16, 2014
In November of 2010, brothers Jason, Brandon and Jordan Kuiper sat around their parents’ kitchen table in Hudsonville, creating a new wristband. Read More

Gym re-opens after 'nightmarish' fire

December 15, 2014
In the early morning hours of April 11, Michael Livingston and Shane Davis stood outside in the cold watching their business and their dreams go up in flames. Read More

Architecture firm moves and launches interior design division

December 11, 2014
An architecture firm is preparing to move into an urban live-work building after it recently launched an interior design division. Read More