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Hispanic Chamber to host first business pitch night

Effort is part of a bilingual outreach to involve Spanish-speaking business owners.

April 29, 2016
The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has a plan to encourage more Hispanic small business owners and entrepreneurs to enter local business pitch competitions. Read More

Creators of GR music app hope to change the industry

The radi8er app combines music streaming with maps of where artists are playing.

April 29, 2016
A Grand Rapids app that could potentially revolutionize the way the world listens to music is almost ready for launch. Read More

App unites economic development community

Collective Metrics platform helps organizations collect and track data.

April 29, 2016
Approximately a year and a half ago, Austin Dean saw a need and decided to do something about it. Read More

Inside Track: Entrepreneur’s ideas bloom after grounding flight school

Ryan Mast digs into the flower planter industry with acquisitions, new products and retail locations.

April 29, 2016
When he started college, Ryan Mast intended to become an airline pilot, but instead he took off as an entrepreneur. Read More

Field-measurement startup expands operation

April 28, 2016
A startup maker of field-measurement software and hardware has outgrown its home and leased an entire floor in a downtown office building. Read More

Health care startup wins regional Comcast innovation contest

April 28, 2016
A local health care startup has been named a regional winner and a finalist for a national competition that awards more than $440,000 total to up-and-coming companies. Read More

Grand Rapids ranks No. 113 for Hispanic entrepreneurs

April 27, 2016
Grand Rapids ranks in the bottom quarter for Hispanic entrepreneurs when compared to the 150 most-populated cities in the country. Read More

Coppercraft’s Holland roots anchor its distribution plans

Distillery finds success with aged spirits and association with Tulip Time Festival.

April 22, 2016
After nearly three years of production, Coppercraft Distillery is truly feeling it’s an integral part of the Holland community. Read More

‘Kitchen takeover’ business serves up fun

OGO Initiative encourages stress reduction, nutrition and entertaining interaction.

April 22, 2016
Some of Ben Price’s favorite cooking moments are when he can change someone’s mind about a food they used to dislike. One time a woman told him, “I hate Brussels sprouts and these are delicious.” Read More

Second massage therapist charged with criminal sexual conduct

April 22, 2016
| By AP
A second massage therapist who worked at a local spa has been charged with criminal sexual conduct in connection with a reported assault during a session. Read More