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Treehuggers opens on Wealthy Street S.E.

Treehuggers opens on Wealthy Street S.E.

Treehuggers specializes in earth friendly retail with many products made of recycled materials and many made right here in Michigan. They also offer free recycling of many hard to recycle items like styrofoam and toothpaste tubes.

This is the second Treehuggers store to open in west Michigan. The first location is in Holland, MI.

Visit http://thetreehuggerstore.com for additional information.

Co-Work Space Aims to Energize a Neighborhood

Co-Work Space Aims to Energize a Neighborhood

Working from home can have its advantages but for some budding entrepreneurs, there may come a time when the laptop on the dining room table and the coffeehouse meetings with clients lose their luster. If you're growing to the point where you want to add an employee or two, the lack of a workplace becomes especially tricky, said Jeremy DeRoo, co-executive director of the Grand Rapids-based community development corporation LINC.
 
Enter the co-working space.

NEW Downtown Farmers Market!

NEW Downtown Farmers Market!

Beginning June 2, 2011, the David D. Hunting downtown YMCA will hold a Farmers Market in the back section of their parking lot.   The market will take place on Thursdays from 3pm to 7pm.    Fresh fruit and vegetables will be available and Michigan Bridge Cards, cash or debit cards will be accepted!   Visit the Farmers Market Facebook page for more details.

East Meets West

East Meets West

By Jeff Hill

Spring is in the air and people are thinking about gardening. But have you ever heard of "economic gardening?" The term was coined by Chris Gibbons, director of business affairs for the City of Littleton, CO back in 1989. The theory is based on an MIT study at the time that showed that the great majority of job growth in the U.S. occurs through expansion of existing small businesses, not through "robbing" employers from other cities and states (or "economic hunting").

Sign-Up for the Garfield Park Community Garage Sale

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Garage sale season is here and one of Grand Rapids' largest neighborhoods is organizing a community sale.

Garfield Park Neighborhood Association will host its garage sale Saturday, June 11 at Garfield Park, at the corner of Burton Street and Madison Ave. SE.

The garage sale is 9 a.m .to 4 p.m. rain or shine. If you would like to participate, you can register for a booth from GPNA.

1 booth: $25
2 booths: $35

Received after to June 1:

1 booth: $30
2 booths: $40

Set-up Time: 7:00am to 8:45am.

Exhibitors must provide their own tables, chairs, tents, etc. Any awnings, umbrellas, racks, etc. must be securely and safely placed within the confines of the booth space.

Economic growth requires more than bright ideas and risk taking, by Carl Erickson

Economic growth requires more than bright ideas and risk taking, by Carl Erickson

Carl Erickson is the President of Atomic Object and SoftwareGR. He's recently started blogging about building and running software product development firms at Great Not Big.

West Michigan is missing critical ingredients common in more entrepreneurial communities -- or at least so I keep hearing. According to this line of thinking, our major shortcomings are a lack of ideas, intolerance of failure and an unwillingness to take risks. If there were more ideas, if it were more socially acceptable to fail, or if people were more willing to risk success than to avoid failure, we'd have a more diverse and vibrant regional economy.

My first TEDx experience

My first TEDx experience

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -  I just attended my first TEDx session and it was an eye-opening experience.  TEDx Grand Rapids drew a sold out crow of 600 people to the Civic Theatre downtown. 

A diverse group of 16 speakers from different areas of expertise shared their ideas on innovation.