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Jayson Bussa

Jayson Bussa

Staff writer/Web editor

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Providing a financial reward for people to look up the cost of a medical test or procedure and then shop around for their care represents what one expert calls “the next frontier” in the push for price transparency in health care.

As the west side of Grand Rapids undergoes significant transition with a variety of development projects, one group of organizations is working to ensure the changes will benefit local residents rather than displace them.

KALAMAZOO — A new survey commissioned by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation  sheds light on the most pressing social issues within the county and the charitable giving habits of its residents.

GRAND RAPIDS — West Michigan Therapy Dogs Inc. is a nonprofit organization that is about as grassroots as it gets.

Holland-based nonprofit Kandu Inc. announced late Tuesday afternoon that it plans to wind down its operations. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit that offers employment opportunities to individuals that experience barriers to receiving jobs has been in operation for 62 years.

GRAND RAPIDS — To launch its new bike-sharing service, Spokefly GR turned to a local nonprofit for help.

While some nonprofit organizations are able to start small with nothing more than a mission and perhaps some minimal office space, that was not a viable option for Children’s Healing Center. Poised to become the nation’s first year-round recreational center for children with weak immune systems, the Grand Rapids-based organization needed about five years and significant help from the community and the private sector to finally solidify what had been an ever-changing grand opening date.

With an overhaul of its sales team, facilities and marketing strategy, the Kalamazoo Wings are looking to breath new life into its storied semi-pro hockey organization.

When fans attend an NBA Development League game, they aren’t just potentially seeing the next crop of NBA players. They’re also getting a glimpse of the coaches, refs, rules and even uniforms that might someday make it to the big stage.

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