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Jayson Bussa

Jayson Bussa

Staff writer/Web editor

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While it may not keep Marcie Hillary up at night, the vice president of community relations for Hospice of Michigan was recently reminded how other, less well-intentioned organizations can infringe on the reputation and good name of many local nonprofits.

When disaster strikes anywhere around the world, it’s not uncommon to see nonprofits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) pop up, ready to solicit donations and help with relief efforts.

Millennials, as they pertain to nonprofit organizations today, may carry the “next generation donor” label. But in just five years, millennials will make up 50 percent of the workforce and create a defining culture of givers, according to the 2014 Millennial Impact Report.

Many successful craft brewers have relied on a very inexact science to learn and master their craft and bring it to market. For those companies, the do-it-yourself mentality serves as the romantic side of brewing.

Sunday, 04 January 2015 21:00

Stogie time

Cigar smoking is a lifestyle steeped in tradition. While some fresh faces are beginning to emerge in the industry, many of them are preserving the integrity of this time-honored tradition.

There is no doubt that West Michigan loves to discuss, debate and, of course, drink craft beer. After all, you don’t earn the title Beer City USA by default. In 2014, our online traffic at reflected that notion while also highlighting how big of an impact the craft beer industry plays on our local economy.

Attracting coveted out-of-town dollars is important to any city. Eddie Tadlock and his staff at the SMG-managed DeVos Place Convention Center and DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids are a powerhouse when it comes to facilitating everything from concerts and Broadway shows to trade shows and sporting events.

West Michigan has proven it can sustain a myriad of semi-professional sports teams such as the Grand Rapids Griffins, West Michigan Whitecaps, Kalamazoo Wings and others. But over the past few years, the region has also become an attractive destination for national-scale youth and amateur sports. Mike Guswiler is tasked with promoting the area as a viable venue for such events. The West Michigan Sports Commission has a long list of local and national events on the docket for 2015.

That Grand Rapids won the nod to host the 2017 State Games of America has ramifications beyond just the economic impact that bringing in thousands of out-of-state athletes and spectators will have on the region.

While other semi-professional basketball teams have come and gone from West Michigan, the Grand Rapids Drive — backed by the National Basketball Association and the Detroit Pistons — aims to prove it has staying power.

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