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TEDx events returning in 2012

Written by | Monday, 23 January 2012 15:41 |

Entrepreneurs looking to surround themselves with other innovative thinkers take note: TEDx events are returning to West Michigan. TED, which stands for technology, entertainment and design, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” that organizes a system of talks, events, and conferences that have become popular in recent years. Recently, independently organized TEDx events cropped up in several cities in West Michigan, including Holland, Grand Rapids and Muskegon.

Helping vets build businesses

Written by | Monday, 23 January 2012 11:06 |

Returning military veterans have always been faced with the dual challenges of returning to civilian life and finding a job when they arrive home from serving in America’s wars.

Thousands of ex-military people are facing those challenges again as U.S. military action ends in Iraq. Like many of their civilian counterparts, some are deciding to start businesses and create their own jobs rather than trying to find one.

Veterans opt to become entrepreneurs

Written by | Monday, 23 January 2012 09:38 |

Justin Bajema was “blown up in an ambush” in Iraq. He underwent eight surgeries during six weeks of being hospitalized, and that was followed by some intense rehabilitation and extensive soul searching about “what the next step was going to be.”

We recently polled several area green building experts to identify the industry trends and issues they see affecting West Michigan and the world in the near future. Here, in no particular order, are our findings:

One of the most gratifying things I do this time of year is to say “thank you.” I don’t mean just saying thank you to the kind person who just held the door open for me as the snow whipped in my face or to the person who drove 20 miles out of their way to return my iPad that I accidentally left on my seat on a recent plane trip. Those are regular, everyday “thank-yous” that we all should be making without hesitation.

Crystal Ball 2012: More on Small Biz

Written by | Wednesday, 04 January 2012 19:00 |

I believe our economy will continue to inch — and I do mean inch — forward in 2012. However, the inching forward by small businesses — my world — will be dependent upon the financial health of consumers. Translation: Job security and home ownership are critical to this financial health

File early. File often. That motto serves as the new mantra for inventors with the September passage of the America Invents Act, the first major U.S. patent legislation reform in 60 years.

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