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Exporting diplomacy: What one Mitten-centric house hopes to do at SXSW

Imagine you're inside a house where, as much as possible, everything you see was made in Michigan: the chair you're sitting in, the art on the wall, the beer in your hand, and the live music coming from the band set up on the lawn. Now imagine that house in Austin, Texas during next month's SXSW, and you have a glimpse of the innovative space being created and exported by a creative group of collaborative partners in West Michigan and beyond. Read on for all the Michigan-made details.

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Smart, local ways to be well in 2015: Doorganics

Yeah, yeah: you want to lose five pounds, exercise more, eat less. Who doesn't, at least during the month of January? But wellness means more than numbers on a scale, and a few local initiatives are playing their part in crafting a healthier Grand Rapids. Each week this month, Rapid Growth will feature one unique way to be well in West Michigan. Want a more thoughtful, sustainable path to feeling better in 2015? Read on.

Gwadue Bossuah

RapidChat: Gwadue Bossuah

After years of being a personal trainer, Gwadue Bossuah introduced Grand Rapids’ first dedicated indoor cycling and kettlebell studio, Fzique, in April 2014. A mixture of upbeat music, motivational coaching, and a truly inspirational atmosphere, this boutique-style studio is sure to make your daily workouts far less of a chore.   

Scott Townley

UIX: Scott Townley, Alison Morgan cultivate Hope

Alison Morgan, project coordinator for Hope Farms, along with farm manager Scott Townley, help refugees learn and grow marketable skills at the Southeastern Grand Rapids farm plot.

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Made in West Michigan: Shop hyper-local for the holidays

The most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us, and Rapid Growth has the scoop on how to shop hyper-local for the holidays. Kara McNabb offers up a bevy of talented creatives in and around Grand Rapids who take 'Made in Michigan' to a whole new level. Before you make your list and check it twice, read on.

 Tera Qualls

Do Good: 'Momentum' helps nonprofits successfully navigate the future

Nonprofit organizations have common challenges, often require the help of an outsider to keep them on track and aligned with their mission, and need to learn how to adapt to changes within and outside the organizational environment. Luckily, upstart company 'Momentum' is here to help. At the helm is Tera Qualls, who brings her experience working at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at GVSU to the launch of this new organization.

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RapidChat: Ashima Saigal

Ashima Saigal just returned from the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco where she was recognized for her work helping nonprofits make peace with their data. Ashima has always been ahead of her time: she studied Computer Science at MSU and was an early adopter of both cloud-based computing and yoga. Now that the world is catching up, she’s zooming ahead: weaving a thread of mindfulness throughout life and work, observing more women entering her field, and, finally, moving to a new home in Grand Rapids proper. Read on as we chat all about it.

Lizzie Williams, left, and Diana R. Sieger, right.

RapidChat: Diana R. Sieger and Lizzie Williams

Diana R. Sieger and Lizzie Williams recently received community-wide recognition as ATHENA Award winners at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual event recognizing really amazing women. Their careers are different in sector and length, but they share a common perspective on the importance of taking a macro view and considering why it all matters. Read on as we chat about art, entrepreneurship, and building community just by showing up. 

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G-Sync: A bar promise come true, dizzybird aims for the sky

We all engage in bar talk, but what happens in the bar usually stays in the bar...that is, until Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen meets dizzybird records. Find out what happens when two music-loving Grand Rapidians meet over a drink and create something new.

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G-Sync: Summer's bookend is a Silver Line

Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen reflects on a couple's comments at the start of summer and finds something beautiful that ends with the launch of a Silver Line. Along the way, he wonders if the word "progressive" has come to mean something new as the city moves forward.

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G-Sync: Our big, bold bid to build the future

Last week, in part one of the feature on the Living Building Challenge bid of Matthew and Kristin Fowler, G-Sync reported the goals of the project. This week, Tommy Allen looks at how the West Michigan community is coming together to make it happen.

FTmaker

Part science fair, part county fair, Maker Faire brings the maker movement to Grand Rapids

This summer, the West Michigan maker scene gets a makeover, as Mini Maker Faire comes to town and lets local inventors and innovators get in on a burgeoning national trend. Audria Larsen finds out why the event is a boon for creators and creatives of all ages and occupations.

Matt and Kristin Fowler

G-Sync: Living Building Challenge in Grand Rapids

Goethe's famous quote, "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it" becomes crystal clear with new meaning when Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen meets Baxter neighborhood's Matt and Kristin Fowler. This is part one of their incredible journey to build something new in our city.

Ashley Cole in her home office.

New ways of working in West Michigan, part two

For an increasing percentage of the local workforce, going to work no longer means commuting to a corporate office from nine to five. John Rumery takes a look at some non-traditional environments in this two-part series that showcases West Michigan's best co-working spaces as well as some unusual mobile working arrangements.

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RapidChat: Kelly LeCoy

For this week’s RapidChat, Molly Crist and Kelly LeCoy, friends and food-entrepreneurs, threw a blanket down in Wilcox Park to chat it up and reflect on Kelly’s experience starting, operating, and recently selling (as of last week) Uptown Kitchen, a shared-use incubator kitchen in Eastown. She’s moving on in life, leaving the keys with a pair of local bagel geniuses, and pursuing the next opportunity. Read on as Kelly talks about her work growing the local food culture, engaging with her beloved business districts, and learning hard lessons.
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