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The main idea behind the eight-hour event the Michigan Economic Development Corp. is holding in Grand Rapids on Friday is to connect entrepreneurial college grads with local employers and provide them with the resources they need to create their own businesses in River City.
But the career networking event isn’t limited to entrepreneurial types, as the MEDC said there will be something for everyone being offered Friday from noon until 8 p.m. at Goei Center, at 818 Butterworth SW.
The Lansing workforce development agency is calling the event LiveWorkLaunch! Grand Rapids, and it’s the second such venture the MEDC has offered in the state with the first being held earlier in Detroit.
“Michigan is open for business and looking for grads with great ideas, an entrepreneurial spirit and the drive to get a startup off the ground,” said Michael Finney, MEDC president and CEO.
Finney said the event will showcase the opportunities available in Michigan for graduates who are looking to build a business and also connect them to the support and capital required to move a business plan from concept to reality.
Finney also said those who attend will hear from industry experts, network at a session with local entrepreneurs, learn what resources are available here and meet with some local employers like Spectrum Health, Gordon Food Service, Enterprise, the state of Michigan and Amway.
“LiveWorkLaunch! Grand Rapids will provide an opportunity to find the resources and people to help you reach your goals, create jobs and grown Michigan’s economy,” said Finney.
The event includes a bus tour through some of the city’s unique neighborhoods, breweries, restaurants and loft housing.
The day will conclude with a stop at the Grand Rapids Art Museum to view the Design Now in Production exhibition.
Registration is required, and the cost is $15.