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West Michigan 'ed tech' startup co-founder: 'We can change the world of education'

Working in partnership with Kent ISD, Grand Rapids-based Kickstand Systems say they’ve developed an individualized, student-centric learning management software platform unlike any other competitor on the market. Rapid Growth writer Steven Thomas Kent delves in to find out how this local software company is poised to change education as we know it.


Kelly Allen promotes art and environment at new Geek Group maker space (VIDEO)

It's not just a store: At her new maker space at the Geek Group, Kelly Allen emphasizes creative reuse and right-brain engagement to promote both artistic creativity and environmental responsibility. Peek inside the space and see how she's making beautiful things right here in Grand Rapids.

Karen Tracey

RapidChat: Karen Tracey

Karen Tracey is a Baxter resident, a small business owner, and a parent who's passionate about her community and her environment. Rapid Chat correspondent Jenna Morton sat down with her and got her views on leadership, sustainability, and her work with GR for Animals, which works to end circus cruelty. 


G-Sync: All that glitters is west side gold

Remaining true to her commitment to the West Michigan region, Glitter Milk Gallery director Miranda Sharp has given all of us, from artists to art lovers, plenty to embrace over this last year. Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen talks with her about collaboration, creativity, and keeping her neighborhood connected.


RapidBlog: The solution to the open office

West Michigan knows its office furniture, and open offices have become the norm in the last decade. But as panels have been knocked down, cries of protest have sometimes gone up, especially from introverts. Custer's Natalia Connelly helps both champions and critics of the open office understand how to make this trend work for everyone.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from Rapid Growth

Whether it's football, shopping, a few days of rest, or a big meal around a big table that's on your schedule next weekend, Rapid Growth will be taking the week off to celebrate Thanksgiving. From our staff to you and yours, best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday. May your plate be full and your heart be grateful, and we'll see you back here in December.

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