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Company fosters team building

Board Meetings stand-up paddleboard rental, yoga partnership aims to help businesses provide wellness and fun for employees.

May 26, 2017
Paul Boynton took up surfboarding while living in Florida. His then-co-worker would say, “Let’s leave work early and go have a ‘board meeting.’” The term came back to him years later as a fitting name for a paddleboard rental company. Read More

Cosmetology school opens

May 26, 2017
A cosmetology instructor with a passion for natural hair care has opened a beauty school. Read More

Beauty bar opens location

May 25, 2017
A beauty bar has opened a location along a major retail corridor in town. Read More

Junk removal franchise enters market

May 25, 2017
A pair of local entrepreneurs are making it their mission to help businesses and homeowners de-clutter their spaces in a planet-friendly way. Read More

Downtown retailer relocating

May 24, 2017
A downtown retailer is moving down the street to a larger storefront. Read More

Insurance agency moving to West Side

May 23, 2017
A local insurance agency is moving into a 15,000-square-foot building on the West Side. Read More

Fashion boutique opens doors

May 23, 2017
A long-time personal stylist has opened a boutique for women's fashion accessories in Grand Rapids. Read More

Franchise opportunities expand in city

Growing population and career options among reasons for interest in Grand Rapids market.

May 19, 2017
As the Grand Rapids population rises, so do the opportunities for residents to own a franchise. Read More

Switch draws tech summit next month

C3 president hopes to bring in West Michigan technology leaders and provide place for conversations.

May 19, 2017
A three-part summit is headed to the Switch Pyramid next month. Read More

Personal chef authors canning cookbook

May 19, 2017
A local food-preservation expert and culinary instructor has written a book on canning and cooking with preserved food. Read More