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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A medical device startup acquired a line of devices that provide localized temperature therapy for pain relief and patient comfort.
Mobile Tex-Mex food business Basalt is launching a crowdfunding campaign to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant.
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 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.
A food and beverage commercialization group in the region launched a new division focused on helping early-stage food startups.
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.
Grand Haven entrepreneur Julie Armock launched a new startup company called Harvest + Harmony.
Lakeshore Advantage is offering a new video series designed to help women-, minority-, veteran- and LGBT-owned businesses become certified.
Waxology announced the opening of its second location later this month.
A former East Hills staple reopened in its new home following a yearslong journey to put down new roots.
The founders of Professional Apparel Company announced the launch of a new e-commerce site for medical uniforms, The Right Scrubs.
The Michigan tourism and hospitality industry has been reeling from the effects of the pandemic.
A longtime entrepreneur, Bill McCurdy created a business that makes safe storage cases for cellphone accessories.
GRAND RAPIDS — A restaurant owner has been handing out $1,000 tips to stunned restaurant workers in the Grand Rapids area.
A statewide small business support organization expanded its no-cost services to aid businesses that are continuing to be economically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kellogg Company and Future Food-Tech are inviting startups with innovative ideas for supporting digestive wellness to apply this week to compete in a pitch challenge that will be held in March.
The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is making February the month of brunch classics at a recurring event.
A beauty and wellness spa is now offering a quarterly subscription box with products customers can use at home.
Perrin Brewing Company announced the return of Roeselare Flanders red ale sour.