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When Paul Doyle moved to Grand Rapids from Chicago in 2001, he faced “a bit of a stigma” as an entrepreneur looking to launch high-tech startups.

Published in Focus

Elevator pitch contests and business plan competitions are practically a growth industry in Michigan these days. But are they effective at training entrepreneurs to actually launch their business ideas and get funding?

Published in Economic Development

The $100,000 was nice. But just as valuable to Barry Nowak were the connections he made by participating in the 2011 Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest, an annual business plan competition that provides capital to young businesses in the state that can prove their mettle to judges.

Published in Economic Development

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