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My Town: West Michigan home to 'Coolest Hardware Store'

My Town: West Michigan home to 'Coolest Hardware Store'

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OAK BROOK, Ill. (Ace Hardware Corp.) – Whether in need of hardware, housewares or sporting goods, residents of Grand Rapids, Mich., know they can rely on Rylee’s Ace Hardware.

For offering these unique products, services and more, Ace Hardware Corporation has recognized Rylee’s Ace Hardware with a 2014 “Coolest Hardware Store” award. Of 4,850 locally-owned and operated Ace Hardware stores worldwide, Rylee’s Ace Hardware is one of just six stores honored with this year’s award.

“We are honored,” said Lori Terpstra, the third-generation owner who co-owns the store alongside husband Todd Terpstra. “There are a lot of cool Ace Hardware stores out there. For us to be chosen is an honor.”

My Town GR Central: Varnum attorney honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

My Town GR Central: Varnum attorney honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –  Varnum attorney Elizabeth Wells Skaggs has been recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of its "2014 Women in the Law".

The honor is awarded to those who exhibit excellence in the practice of law, are inspiring and accomplished leaders in the profession, serve as a mentor to other women, and contribute significant time and effort to volunteerism or pro bono work. Skaggs was recognized for her legal ability, leadership and community involvement. She and other recipients will be honored at a luncheon in Detroit in September.

In West Michigan's booming tech scene, talent is the final piece of the puzzle

In West Michigan's booming tech scene, talent is the final piece of the puzzle

By Stephen Thomas Kent
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

If you talk to West Michigan technology employers and entrepreneurs frequently, as we do at Rapid Growth Media, you’ll hear one refrain that pops up again and again: “Talent.” As in, “we need more of it.”

My Town GR Central: Economic Bright Spot Award goes to Varnum

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –  Varnum is among the companies being honored with a 2014 Michigan Economic Bright Spot Award from Corp! Magazine.

The magazine selected winners based on their growth over the past year, as well as their impact on the state's economy.  Varnum earned the distinction in part because of its MiSpringboard program, through which the firm will give away up to $1 million in legal services to new and developing businesses over a five-year period.  The company's innovative pricing models designed to deliver budget predictability to clients also played a role.

Varnum partner Eric Nemeth accepted the firm's award during a recent ceremony at VisTaTech Center in Livonia.

EmploymentGroup names winners of 5 in 5 scholarships

EmploymentGroup names winners of 5 in 5 scholarships

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- EmploymentGroup, a solutions-oriented staffing and outsourced services firm, has announced the winners of its 5 in 5 scholarship program. 

Launched in 2013, the program is a five-year initiative in honor of the company’s 55th anniversary as a leading regional provider of business staffing solutions. EmploymentGroup started the program to give Michigan-based community college students the skills and resources they need to succeed.

As part of the 5 in 5 program, each year three students are awarded scholarships totaling $5,000.  This year, students were encouraged to tie their essay submissions to EmploymentGroup’s mission of helping people succeed, explaining how their future plans include both their own professional growth and helping others excel.

My Town: Construction company donates talents to West Michigan's homeless

My Town: Construction company donates talents to West Michigan's homeless

WALKER, Mich.--  The sale of a new home in Walker is helping West Michigan’s homeless.

After handing over the keys to the new owners of 4588 Gordonshire NW, Ver Woert  Construction handed over a $35,500 check to Degage Ministries.   The company built the home with the intention of donating the proceeds to the charity.  Owner Ken Ver Woert came up with the idea after listening to a sermon at his church about using his gifts and talents for God’s glory.

“My firm has enjoyed building this home, knowing our hard work would be benefiting others in need,” said Ver Woert. “We are also grateful for the kind hearts of our subcontractors who pledged to join us in this mission, raising the amount we were able to provide Degage Ministries.”

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My Town: Local restaurants named winners of wine

My Town: Local restaurants named winners of wine

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—At least half a dozen restaurants in West Michigan have made the cut for the corks they pop.

They are among 3,748 restaurants worldwide to make Wine Spectator’s 2014 Restaurant Wine List Awards.  For the first time this year, top honors went to Clos Maggiore in London, La Toque in Napa, Nice Matin in New York, Saison in San Francisco, The Stonehouse in Santa Barbara and Studio in Laguna Beach.  They join 68 other winners of the Grand Award, which honors restaurants that generally offer guests 1,500 or more wine selections and for superior cellars, service, ambiance and cuisine.

The program’s entry-level Award of Excellence went to 2,791 restaurants; another 883 restaurants earned the Best of Award of Excellence for typically offering a list of 350 or more quality wine selections.  Locally, the following restaurants made the cut: