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The State of the City: Mayor Bliss focuses on racial disparities, affordable housing & more

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, the first woman to be elected to Grand Rapids' highest office, details plans to tackle racism, create more affordable housing and parks, increase support for neighborhoods and minority-owned businesses, and improve relations with police in her first State of the City address.

Alan Hartline

RapidChat: Alan Hartline

After being family-owned and -operated for 70-plus years, Kingma's Market took on new ownership back in early 2015. With a year now under his belt, new owner Alan Hartline has successfully maintained the market's esteem. While he knows the love for the Market runs deep within the Creston and Cheshire neighborhoods, Hartline is looking to expand that passion to downtown residents and beyond.  


UIX: College entrepreneurs can find funding and more through CampusStarter

Finding the funds to start a business when you're an undergrad isn't always easy. CampusStarter, led by Thomas Coke and Matt Larson, hopes to help, connecting college entrepreneurs to the resources they need most.


G-Sync: The city to the powers of ten

Publisher Tommy Allen reflects on what it means to be in publishing for 10 years and what we have witnessed, or covered, during a period of tremendous growth in Grand Rapids.

Liz Bartlett

UIX: Liz Bartlett knits circles around fashion, design

Fashion, design, and enabling others are just a few of Liz Bartlett's many talents. They are combined at KNITit, where solutions are created through electronic knitting.


Hispanic business owners thrive, find partnerships in GR

Now gaining greater traction with vocal community leaders and partners like the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic business owners are accessing increasing opportunities to work together and reach wider markets.

Brandon Voorhees

RapidChat: Brandon Voorhees

In the spirit (pun intended) of the newly launched 'Cocktail Week GR,' we recently chatted with Brandon Voorhees of Gray Skies Distillery. While the upcoming distillery will not be participating in this years 12-day affair, we can't help but eagerly anticipate their early 2016 launch already.

Roderick Daniels

UIX: Roderick Daniels and Kingmakers aim to set others on the path to success

Roderick Daniels' Kingmakers is an organization that seeks to keep men and women from a life on the streets through skill building and work. He draws on his own story as proof it can be done.


RapidChat: Jamiel Robinson

As Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses launches another ambitious #30Days30Dollars challenge, Rapid Growth chats with its founder, Jamiel Robinson, in a candid conversation about economic development, the importance of a robust minority-owned business community, and what this lifelong Grand Rapidian thinks the Ferguson report has to do with his city.


Soletics brings warmth and healing for disease sufferers, one finger at a time

A local startup hopes to provide relief to sufferers of Raynaud’s disease and other conditions by offering lightweight smart gloves that provide targeted heat therapy. Find out how the three co-founders of Soletics, all recent graduates of Grand Valley State University’s business program as well as Emerge Xcelerator, plan to finish refining their glove’s design and take the product to market within the next year.

Kati Palmukar

RapidChat: Kati Palmukar

Described as 'half coffee house, half animal shelter, and all fun!', Happy Cat Café aims to shed some positive light on the animal adoption process. But with only one week left in their all-or-nothing fundraising campaign, owner Kati Palmukar is in need of further public assistance to get her idea off the ground.


RapidChat: Adam Kail

As discussion continues on bringing more retail tenants to downtown Grand Rapids, entrepreneur Adam Kail has turned a blind eye to the conversation. Instead of partaking in the chatter, he and his team are taking a stance: Brother's Leather Supply Co. will be opening their first brick and mortar store at 15 S. Division this September.


From one phone number, many; local startup Intryst aims to rid the world of unwanted calls, texts

Tired of giving out your phone number? A Grand Rapids-based startup wants you to give people their number instead. Intryst creates bridge numbers so you can talk to people without the other party ever knowing your real number, and they plan to change the way you think about phone communication forever.


RapidChat: Erica Lang

Back in November of 2013, Rapid Growth Media covered Erica Lang and Brooke Ruble during the adolescent stage of their company, Woosah Outfitters. Nearly two years later, we follow up with Erica (who is now the sole owner) on the progression of the enterprise, dig a little bit deeper into the mind of Miss Lang, and see what awakens her creative senses. 
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