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One Man's Trash is Another Man's Compost

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Compost

By Victoria Mullen

Dean Rosendall’s passion for composting and recycling is contagious. When we meet for this article’s interview, I’m struck by his genuine interest in and commitment to his profession, which meshes nicely with his ease in building relationships, spotting trends and putting together a strategic vision.

Rosendall is a partner in the newly launched recycling business, New Soil, which is doing some pretty exciting things. Yes, recycling can be exciting, believe it or not. 

Hey, I was surprised, too. 

Teamsters Strike Fundraiser

Teamsters Strike Fundraiser

Grand Rapids--The Teamsters at Grand Rapids Gravel have now been on strike for almost 2 Months. The Teamsters Brothers and Sisters will be having a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser this Saturday September 15, from 5pm till 8pm at the Teamsters Local 406 Hall 3315 Eastern SE. They are asking for a 5 Dollar contribution.

Top ten ATHENA Young Professional Award finalists named

Top ten ATHENA Young Professional Award finalists named

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the top ten finalists for the ATHENA Young Professional Award have been selected and officially notified this week. The ATHENA Young Professional Award recognizes an emerging leader for their contributions to community, professional excellence, and commitment to serve as a personal and professional role model to young women.

"It's absolutely phenomenal, the quality of women leaders and young women out there," said Committee Member and 2002 ATHENA recipient Jackie Taylor of Pondera Advisors, LLC. "There are great stories out there about the ways women, and especially these young women, are reaching out into the community in such entrepreneurial ways."

Grand Rapids Cooking School: Class for the Home Cook

Grand Rapids Cooking School: Class for the Home Cook

by Stephanie Doublestein

At first glance, Chris McKellar and Molly Clauhs seem a lot like your average local foodies: they’ve seen the movie Food, Inc., they seek out notable restaurants when they travel, they frequent the farmers’ market, and they watch a lot of Food Network. But these two entrepreneurs have gone beyond paying lip service to local, whole foods and parlayed their passion for cooking and eating well into the Grand Rapids Cooking School, a new venture the two chefs launched this spring.
 

Grand Rapids Downtown Market Announces Search for PRESIDENT/CEO

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market Board announced today the search for the new Grand Rapids Downtown Market President/ CEO is underway. The board has secured a professional firm to help lead the effort.

‘Engaging a full time executive is the next important step to ensure the skillful management of the facility.  The successful candidate will report directly to the Downtown Market Board of Directors, which directs the non-profit organization that owns and operates the Market’ according to George Aquino, Board Chair.

When it opens in July 2013, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market will be the center of local food innovation, education and excitement in West Michigan.  The regions first year-round public market facility, the Downtown Market will support the production, distribution and marketing of local foods to a broad audience of city and regional residents, visitors, businesses and institutions.

Founders Brewing Company champions the bolder beverage

Founders Brewing Company champions the bolder beverage

by Emma Higgins in INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT in collaboration with Jonathan Stoner

Founders co-owner Dave Engbers tells the story of Founders growth-and the struggles to keeping going before they discovered the key to their current success

Grand Rapids goes green with the help of Tree Huggers

Grand Rapids goes green with the help of Tree Huggers

by Scott Kaplan in LOCAL LIFE in collaboration with West Michigan Environmental Action Council's Environmental Bureau

Angela Topp knows that “going green” can seem like a daunting task without the right help. She recalls her own experience a few years ago, trying to buy supplies to start vermicomposting. She had to order her supplies – including her worms – online, and was frustrated that she didn’t have a place to go or anyone to talk to when she had questions.