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Bing Goei

RapidChat: Bing Goei

Bing Goei holds a new title, Director of the Office for New Americans, but he's still focused on his life's work of promoting and supporting small business and racial equity. When Bing immigrated to the United States at age 11, he expected to find the "cowboys and Indians" he'd enjoyed on TV, but instead found the American dream. Read on for his perspectives on minority-owned businesses, neighborhood investment, and the value of diversity.


G-Sync: We are BetaCity, USA

Job Opportunity: City by the Grand River seeks to value and retain diverse talent, support budding entrepreneurs, and provide engaging educational opportunities for bright minds. See G-Sync's Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen about the new BetaCity, USA.


Business is mushrooming for Grand Rapids' first gourmet mushroom CSA

The Urban Mushroom is bringing gourmet mushrooms to West Michigan's fungi-loving foodies. Zinta Aistars learns why growing this uber-local food is one entrepreneur's dream come true.


From Grand Rapids to Ghana: In developing-world healthcare market, low-tech is the new cutting edge

Local medical device startup Sisu Global Health plans to create a channel for needed technology to the developing world, while infusing Grand Rapids’ startup scene with a mentality for global impact.


A Sugarcoated Space: Glitter Milk Gallery

Glitter Milk Gallery aims to fill a void in the Grand Rapids art scene when it opens on the West Side next weekend. Audria Larsen peeks inside the unassuming Alpine Avenue storefront and finds a talented local artist duo creating a riot of color.


G-Sync: The Great Work Begins (Video)

As we come to the close of Women's History Month and our fourth installment on the changing face of our region, what is your wish for the future women of West Michigan? G-Sync's Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen hits the streets to ask local women their thoughts.


Conduit Studio mirrors growth of West Michigan design scene

As Conduit Studio doubles its studio space, the vibrant West Michigan design scene grows right alongside it - and garners some national attention. Stephanie Doublestein checks out one space were beautiful ideas get born and finds out what's ahead for the local design community.


GR Makers offers a gym for your mind

The GR Makers use both space and people to foster innovation and creativity for its members in the local co-working community. Rapid Growth intern John Wiegand explores the unique connections forged there between creators and their crafts.

Jennifer Goulet

G-Sync: State of the (Creative) Union

What would happen if your gut instinct proved to be right? You would want to shout it from the top of the Calder and that is exactly what Rapid Growth's Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen aims to do after reading ArtServe's new 2014 Creative State Michigan reports. (Yes, "reports" plural!)


Sculpting a new reality in Sin Republic

Sin Chun sculpts hair and plots world domination from his new Grand Rapids salon, Sin Republic. Zinta Aistars has the story.


Spoiler alert: West Michigan boasts its own Gray's anatomy

Minus McDreamy and staged-set hospital drama, West Michigan has its very own Gray's anatomy in a new med-tech startup that creates surgical trainers. John Rumery reports on how Grays Bones and Joint Models is revolutionizing the industry.

Mary Brown

RapidChat: Mary Brown

Rapid Growth's recently debuted Q&A series, RapidChat, introduces Mary Brown this week. She's a lady who wears many hats: Principal Consultant of leeAlexander Consulting, coLearning Program Director at The Factory, adjunct professor at GRCC, and above all else, lifelong student. Read on to learn about her passion for books, zombies, and the unusual suspects.


RapidBlog: Ideas come to life at Startup Weekend Grand Rapids [video]

From idea to product in 54 hours, for the fifth straight year, Startup Weekend Grand Rapids showed what happens when ideas and innovation focus on making a difference -- and meeting a deadline.


RapidChat: Molly Crist

New year, new faces: Rapid Growth launches a new Q&A feature series in 2014, RapidChat, and introduces RapidChat correspondent Molly Crist. The founder of Onward Travel, she's owned a food truck, worked at the Downtown Market, and is a fan of winter, jewelry, and meeting new people. Stephanie Doublestein gets to know Rapid Growth's newest contributor.


A dash of mad science, courtesy of GR Current

Rapid Growth sits down with Jeff Royce and Felip Ballesteros of GR Current to get a handle on their creative, innovative and slightly wacky take on the traditional business incubator.
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