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AIA GRAND RAPIDS CELEBRATES STAIR WEEK ON SEPTEMBER 10

AIA GRAND RAPIDS CELEBRATES STAIR WEEK ON SEPTEMBER 10

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Grand Rapids will celebrate Stair Week 2014 with a leadership breakfast. Stair Week, scheduled for Sept. 8-14, will highlight the health, design, and environmental benefits of taking the stairs. AIA Grand Rapids members and community leaders will gather on Wednesday, Sept.

My Town: Michigan home to three of the best ice cream shops in America

My Town: Michigan home to three of the best ice cream shops in America

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – East Grand Rapids is home to one of the best ice cream shops in the nation, according to a new report.

Jersey Junction ranks 16th on Brit + Co’s list of 20 Best Ice Cream Shops Across America.  The online publication highlights the shop’s nostalgic feel, with the smell of waffle cones greeting visitors, as well as hand-dipped chocolate covered bananas, old-fashioned candy and ice cream from Hudsonville Creamery.   

Moomers of Traverse City ranked sixth on the list; Loves Ice Cream, the Grand Rapids shop that boats hand crafted ice cream made from grass- grazed cows, o came in under the wire, at No. 20.  To see the complete rankings, visit Brit + Co’s website here.

Jumping ship: Why some local leaders are leaving the corporate world for the social sector

Jumping ship: Why some local leaders are leaving the corporate world for the social sector

By Melinda Clynes
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

Thriving cities benefit from a mix of for-profit and nonprofit leadership, and Rapid Growth is taking a look at some West Michigan leaders who have left the corporate world for work in the social sector.

How investments in solar energy make for better business plans in West Michigan

How investments in solar energy make for better business plans in West Michigan

by Anya Zentmeyer
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Want to work for a company that embraces healthy living? Here is one amazing example.

Ryan Leestma, owner of ISI, the new title sponsor of the Michigan Titanium,  truly embraces this philosophy. He has not only committed to support Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon for years to come as a sponsor, but also walks the talk when it comes to his employees.

Leestma has encouraged his employees to get involved with the ISI Michigan Titanium, Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon. If they do, he will not only purchase a bike for them, but will provide other equipment and personalize training to ensure they have a great race. Why? He knows that triathletes rank among the top earners, driven, successful personalities out there, according to a recent study by USA Triathlon.

In West Michigan's booming tech scene, talent is the final piece of the puzzle

In West Michigan's booming tech scene, talent is the final piece of the puzzle

By Stephen Thomas Kent
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

If you talk to West Michigan technology employers and entrepreneurs frequently, as we do at Rapid Growth Media, you’ll hear one refrain that pops up again and again: “Talent.” As in, “we need more of it.”

My Town: Gaslight Village retailer welcomes new name and location

My Town: Gaslight Village retailer welcomes new name and location

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Gaslight Village shop is getting a new name and location.

Beginning next month, the owners of Hot Mama will be switching the shop’s name to Evereve. 

“Hot Mama will always be my baby, but the company is growing up, and the name Evereve reflects that,” says CEO and founder Megan Tamte. “To us, Evereve means life, and we are devoted to helping all moms to feel fully alive, to live in the moment, as well as to look and feel their absolute best.”

The retailer recently changed its website evereve.com.

Hot Mama has four locations throughout Michigan, including a store in Gaslight Village.  That boutique will be moving to a larger new space in Breton Village mall in September.