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Displaying items tagged: Start Garden LLC

Friday, 08 April 2022 18:15

Nonprofit builds support network for startup founders with focus on philanthropy

Anew nonprofit organization looks to build a network of startup company founders across Michigan that entrepreneurs can turn to for support and advice while also growing their philanthropy work.

Published in Nonprofits
Friday, 01 October 2021 16:18

10 entrepreneurs awarded $20K each at Start Garden competition

GRAND RAPIDS — Food, technology and recycling startups were among the 10 winners to receive individual $20,000 awards at this year’s 100 competition hosted by Grand Rapids-based business incubator Start Garden LLC.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 09 June 2021 13:15

Start Garden, Spartan Innovations recommended as next SmartZone facilitators

GRAND RAPIDS — The city’s Local Development Finance Authority has recommended that Start Garden Inc. and Spartan Innovations L3C administer the Grand Rapids SmartZone business incubator through a collaborative approach.  

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 06 June 2021 18:00

GR startup finds purpose with urban air quality mapping

When Darren Riley graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014, he took with him in-demand skills rooted in software development and cybersecurity.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 03 May 2021 05:52

Start Garden brings back business pitch competition

After taking a year off, Start Garden is bringing back a business pitch competition that awards $1,000 to 100 contestants and $20,000 to 10 finalists.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 25 April 2021 18:50

GR autonomous vehicle pilot could be extended, shift to on-demand service

GRAND RAPIDS — The autonomous shuttle that runs through downtown could transition to an on-demand format with new vehicles under a proposal before city officials to renew the pilot program that’s set to expire on April 30.

Published in Economic Development

Monday, 01 March 2021 14:14

Grand Rapids seeks more equity under new contract for SmartZone business incubator

GRAND RAPIDS — City officials are seeking proposals from companies to operate its business incubator as part of a broader push to bring more equity to economic development.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 31 January 2021 18:25

State pursues cannabis industry racial equity, but advocates say more work needed

Michigan cannabis businesses have overwhelmingly white ownership despite the state’s 2018 voter-approved marijuana law encouraging participation by people who have been “disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement.”

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 17 January 2021 12:24

Utility foundations use deep nonprofit network to distribute millions in COVID relief funds

The corporate foundations of the state’s two major energy utilities have distributed nearly $26.5 million in direct relief funds to meet basic needs such as food, shelter and personal protective equipment since the COVID-19 pandemic began. 

Published in Nonprofits

Sunday, 12 July 2020 20:14

Translators hired to help Asian businesses apply for Kent County COVID-19 funding

Kent County officials have provided $40,000 to help minority business owners facing language barriers access COVID-19 relief funding.

Published in Small Business
Thursday, 09 July 2020 10:28

City groups planning fall “mashup” of events in place of ArtPrize

GRAND RAPIDS — Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. is reallocating $50,000 it initially budgeted for ArtPrize 2020 toward a new event tentatively planned for September. 

Published in Talent
Friday, 26 June 2020 11:14

Kent County administrator addresses controversy over COVID small biz relief funding

Kent County’s top official says it is “critically important” that a $25 million business relief program launched this week is accessible to minority-owned businesses, following recent criticism that the program isn’t properly compensating minority business and social equity groups for their assistance.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 21 June 2020 17:44

VNN Inc. co-founder steps down from VC-backed startup after ‘passions changed’

Ryan Vaughn can count many accomplishments over the last decade after co-founding and scaling VNN Inc., originally known as Varsity News Network. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 21 June 2020 16:06

Groups say their assistance with Kent County relief fund merits compensation

  GRAND RAPIDS — In partnering on a $25 million small business relief fund, Kent County and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce want to tap a number of community and entrepreneurial support organizations to get the word out to companies and provide volunteers to vet grant applicants. 

Published in Finance
Wednesday, 22 April 2020 11:18

Grand Rapids Chamber seeks additional $2 million for small business relief fund

The foundation for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce wants to raise another $2 million for an emergency relief fund for small businesses affected by closures from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 15 March 2020 12:08

Health system strategy supports more local procurement

GRAND RAPIDS — At $6.9 billion in revenue for its most recent fiscal year, Spectrum Health holds significant economic clout and buying power in the Michigan economy.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 01 March 2020 15:30

MSU to open satellite Conquer Accelerator in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — A business accelerator in East Lansing wants to extend into Grand Rapids this fall to tap into the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and support more high-tech startups.

Published in Small Business
Thursday, 23 January 2020 11:00

The Right Place plans new fund to invest up to $25 million in minority businesses

GRAND RAPIDS — Aiming to create greater ethnic and racial diversity in business ownership across the region, The Right Place Inc. teamed with Bank of America and the Consumers Energy Foundation to form a capital investment fund.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 19 January 2020 14:26

Startup Grind connects entrepreneurs to network of resources

Corey Hart returned to Grand Rapids last September to find that support for entrepreneurship and startup companies had grown well beyond what it was when he left for California a decade earlier.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 21 July 2019 19:03

$2 BILLION OPPORTUNITY: Report outlines income growth for Grand Rapids’ immigrant community

GRAND RAPIDS — The economic power of  Grand Rapids’ immigrant community grew by more than $100 million in just one year.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 12 May 2019 22:46

ROUND THREE: Varnum continues program to help startups access free legal help

GRAND RAPIDS — More than seven years, $2 million and 500 companies later, Varnum LLP signed on for a third round of providing free legal services to help new companies get off the ground. The Grand Rapids-based law firm will give away another $1 million in legal services through the MiSpringboard program that launched in 2011 under a push by then-Gov. Rick Snyder to support entrepreneurism as Michigan’s economy began recovering from the Great Recession.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 25 November 2018 21:39

Alternative lender positions black-owned GR firm for growth

GRAND RAPIDS — When  realized it needed to add vehicles to its fleet to grow the business, founder Rich Flowers ran into some roadblocks familiar to many African American and minority entrepreneurs. 

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 01 April 2018 22:47

Organizations support minority entrepreneurial initiatives in West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS –– An array of organizations in West Michigan have launched new initiatives aimed at bridging the wealth gap in a region characterized by vast income disparities.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 04 February 2018 14:15

Grand Rapids to leverage open data for better policy making

GRAND RAPIDS –– The city of Grand Rapids over the next year will join the growing ranks of cities around the world seeking to enhance their data management practices.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 21 January 2018 12:23

New report shows ‘cultural’ economic development a top priority for Michigan cities

Mayors and city officials across Michigan consider economic development a top priority in their communities, but they tend to put more emphasis on placemaking and quality of life than jobs and entrepreneurship.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 07 January 2018 00:29

Automakers, suppliers continue focus on tech acquisitions, including in West Michigan

More automotive suppliers these days are finding it’s easier to buy cutting-edge technology companies than to develop the complex systems on their own.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 20 August 2017 10:37

As West Michigan’s startup culture evolves, Start Garden grows into new roles

GRAND RAPIDS — A growing manufacturer of high-tech food carts could serve as an example of the kind of business development that’s possible in West Michigan.

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 12:42

MOVE Systems expands manufacturing to Walker

MOVE Systems International, a New York City-based manufacturer of eco-friendly food carts and accompanying electrical systems, plans to expand its manufacturing facilities in West Michigan.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 14 May 2017 13:10

NYC-based VC fund to invest in Michigan fashion companies

LANSING — A New York-based venture capital firm wants to propel Michigan’s nascent fashion industry to runways everywhere.

Published in Breaking News
Friday, 14 April 2017 15:51

Oxx closes $2M raise to fund new product development

Oxx LLC, a manufacturer of rugged appliances, closed a $2 million capital raise earlier this month.

Published in Breaking News

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