As a writer, I’ve been in this business long enough to know that my byline has not lured you, the reader, into this story. You’ve likely started reading this story for a range of reasons. Maybe the bold headline drew you in, or perhaps a piece of artwork enticed you to pause on this page.
The broad capabilities of West Michigan’s design community help bolster the region’s economic resilience and strengthen its manufacturing sector.
Helping the community is not just something Dolores Trese does in her free time as a way to give back. It’s a way of life.
In 2010, Richard West caught the entrepreneurial bug and founded his self-described dream company, West Labs Scientific LLC.
When seasoned advisers help out startup businesses, the benefit of that relationship goes both ways, according to Kim Klap, director of portfolio relations at Start Garden.
Companies can startup and launch new products while being economical with their available resources.
Having spent the first part of her career as a sales and marketing executive in the computer and software industry, Cheryl Schuch found herself looking for a change when her family moved back to West Michigan from Chicago.
What started as a surprise 40th birthday party in 2010 for chef Tommy FitzGerald has turned into an annual event benefiting many hungry children around West Michigan.
Helping small businesses and startups is just what Doris Drain does.
An independent graphic designer, Jason Six joined the ranks of Grand Rapids’ growing design community after a stint in the United States Air Force. He earned his graphic design degree from Grand Valley State University, but he got his experience in design at local firms Peopledesign and Highland Group, where he worked on campaigns for Guilford of Maine and izzy+.
Exposed to design at an early age, Joey Ruiter is an independent industrial designer whose clients include Nucraft Furniture Company and izzy+. Ruiter cut his teeth working on engines in his garage before attending Ferris State’s Kendall College of Art and Design, where he discovered industrial design and product development. Ruiter’s designs have won awards at trade shows such as NeoCon and have been featured in the New York Times.
When Mark Tanis founded Holland-based The Image Group in 1985, he intended it to be a sole-proprietorship, but as the years went by, the company expanded to serve large clients such as Western Michigan University and Metro Health. Now, The Image Group has more than 10 employees and has strong ties to Holland’s freelance talent pool.
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