Veronica Kirin named to inaugural class of Forbes Next 1000

An entrepreneur and anthropologist from Grand Rapids was included on Forbes’ first list of 1,000 innovators and small business owners “who are redefining what it means to build and run a business amid unprecedented uncertainty.”

Entrepreneur feeds home growers’ market with organic worm castings

Using food scraps collected from over 300 households in Grand Rapids, Wormies produces organic, microbe-rich fertilizer for gardeners and an emerging industry of cannabis home growers.

Medical cannabis is family affair for WellFlower

Family-owned and 100% Michigan-made medical cannabis company The WellFlower not only is becoming a big player in the medical and recreational cannabis industry, but also is an advocate for medical-grade cannabis as an alternative to opiate use.

Kombucha microbrewers offer Zen in a bottle

Two home brewers in Grand Rapids hope to help people find their Zen with the launch of Zenned Out Kombucha, a kombucha microbrewery coming soon to ecommerce.

West Michigan native brings home the salmon

Marie Rose is living many a nature lover’s dream — residing in remote Alaska, where she co-owns a fishing business with a focus on sustainability and quality.

Local entrepreneur creates lifestyle planner

Grand Rapids entrepreneur Kristian Grant launched her 2021 Game Plan Lifestyle Planner as well as The Making of a Game Plan, a digital companion workbook that helps identify and map out business and personal goals for the year.

C2Dx acquires Stryker T/Pump product line

A medical device startup acquired a line of devices that provide localized temperature therapy for pain relief and patient comfort.

Basalt launches Kickstarter for brick-and-mortar location

Mobile Tex-Mex food business Basalt is launching a crowdfunding campaign to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

The Right Place and Lakeshore Advantage award $6.8M in survival grants

Two of the region’s economic development agencies awarded more than $6.8 million to a combined 613 small businesses in West Michigan through the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program.

Acrisure, Russell Wilson and Ciara form joint insurance venture

Acrisure is partnering with a celebrity couple to form a joint venture that will focus on the insurance needs of minority-owned businesses and diverse communities in the U.S.

JPG Resources launches new division

A food and beverage commercialization group in the region launched a new division focused on helping early-stage food startups.

DTE invests over $2B in Michigan businesses, $75M in West Michigan

DTE Energy announced it invested $2.2 billion with Michigan businesses in 2020, creating and sustaining more than 10,400 jobs across the state and exceeding its annual commitment by $200 million.

Local entrepreneur launches beauty line

Grand Haven entrepreneur Julie Armock launched a new startup company called Harvest + Harmony.

Lakeshore Advantage rolls out ‘Certify Your Business’ series

Lakeshore Advantage is offering a new video series designed to help women-, minority-, veteran- and LGBT-owned businesses become certified.

Waxology to open second location in Rockford

Waxology announced the opening of its second location later this month.

Gaia House Café reopens in Creston neighborhood

A former East Hills staple reopened in its new home following a yearslong journey to put down new roots.

Apparel company launches online storefront for medical professionals

The founders of Professional Apparel Company announced the launch of a new e-commerce site for medical uniforms, The Right Scrubs.

GVSU students help struggling CVBs with travel research

The Michigan tourism and hospitality industry has been reeling from the effects of the pandemic.

BluCase gears up for next accessory rollout

A longtime entrepreneur, Bill McCurdy created a business that makes safe storage cases for cellphone accessories.
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Chef Jenna gives $1,000 tips to food workers

GRAND RAPIDS — A restaurant owner has been handing out $1,000 tips to stunned restaurant workers in the Grand Rapids area.

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