Foundations, grants and services


Michigan vote on legalizing marijuana is likely in 2018

November 21, 2017
LANSING — Organizers of a ballot drive to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes in Michigan submitted 365,000 signatures to the state yesterday, which appears to be more than enough to qualify the initiative for a statewide vote in 2018. Read More

Hospitality industry names WAVE Award winners

November 20, 2017
Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Hospitality Association have named the winners of the 10th-annual WAVE Awards. Read More

Fashion line expands for a cause

Crowned Free co-owners switch to direct sales model to involve other women in helping sex trafficking survivors.

November 17, 2017
A company that launched in 2014 selling custom fashions in boutiques has moved toward a pop-up shop and direct sales model to “link arms” with women who want to help survivors of sex trafficking. Read More

Nonprofit hires president and CEO

November 16, 2017
A Grand Rapids-based global nonprofit has named its new president and CEO. Read More

LaughFest reveals lineup

November 16, 2017
Gilda’s LaughFest has announced the comedians who will headline its next “festival of laughter.” Read More

College bans fraternity

November 16, 2017
| By AP
A local college has banned a fraternity chapter from campus for at least five years. Read More

Business foundation donates $25K

November 14, 2017
A fitness-focused foundation has awarded grants totaling $25,000 to five Michigan organizations. Read More

Chamber relocating to new downtown space

November 13, 2017
The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is planning to relocate to a new location downtown. Read More

Unions opt for own training center

New education building will meet technological changes in construction industry.

November 10, 2017
The Michigan Statewide Carpenters and Millwrights Joint Apprenticeship and Training Fund recently broke ground on a state-of-the-art training center to service union carpenters and millwrights in the West Michigan region. Read More

Inside Track: Enriching the culture of Grand Rapids

After 33 years with Calvin College, Michael Van Denend looks to make city ‘globally astute’ as executive director of World Affairs Council of Western Michigan.

November 10, 2017
Thirty-three years is a long time to spend in one job. That’s what Michael Van Denend did, and then he changed careers. Read More