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East Meets West

East Meets West

By Jeff Hill

Spring is in the air and people are thinking about gardening. But have you ever heard of "economic gardening?" The term was coined by Chris Gibbons, director of business affairs for the City of Littleton, CO back in 1989. The theory is based on an MIT study at the time that showed that the great majority of job growth in the U.S. occurs through expansion of existing small businesses, not through "robbing" employers from other cities and states (or "economic hunting").

Lambert, Edwards & Associates donates $10,000 to YMCA for swim lessons

Lambert, Edwards & Associates donates $10,000 to YMCA for swim lessons

Information provided by Lambert, Edwards and Associates:

Thursday Jeff Lambert, the president and managing partner of Lambert, Edwards & Associates, presented a $10,000 check to the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. 

The donation will fund swim lessons for urban youth at the Greater Grand Rapids and Metro Detroit YMCA brances. 

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death among children under the age of 15

Made in the USA: Slingshot Bikes

Made in the USA: Slingshot Bikes

By Charlsie Dewey

Economic growth requires more than bright ideas and risk taking, by Carl Erickson

Economic growth requires more than bright ideas and risk taking, by Carl Erickson

Carl Erickson is the President of Atomic Object and SoftwareGR. He's recently started blogging about building and running software product development firms at Great Not Big.

West Michigan is missing critical ingredients common in more entrepreneurial communities -- or at least so I keep hearing. According to this line of thinking, our major shortcomings are a lack of ideas, intolerance of failure and an unwillingness to take risks. If there were more ideas, if it were more socially acceptable to fail, or if people were more willing to risk success than to avoid failure, we'd have a more diverse and vibrant regional economy.

Smarting Smart: Artist Salon May 19

Smarting Smart: Artist Salon May 19

The legal steps to starting a small business can seem daunting. Hear local creative professionals talk about how they made the leap from hobby to business owner. We will be talking about the who, what and how of filing small business paperwork!

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2011
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Sparrows Coffee Tea & Newsstand
1035 Wealthy Street Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI

RSVP preferred but not required.

Questions or comments? Contact the Arts Council at 616-459-2787.

Brought to you by the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids, ArtPeers and Dwelling Place.

RapidBlog: Transforming The Suburbs Step By Step by Mark Miller

RapidBlog: Transforming The Suburbs Step By Step by Mark Miller

Mark F. Miller is an architect and urban designer at Nederveld, a local engineering and planning firm, the former chairman of the Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission and a past president of the Grand Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects.  He's pictured here with his three children.

How do you turn one of West Michigan's most pedestrian hostile environments into a pedestrian haven?

Wyoming's Turn On 28th St. Project.

My first TEDx experience

My first TEDx experience

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -  I just attended my first TEDx session and it was an eye-opening experience.  TEDx Grand Rapids drew a sold out crow of 600 people to the Civic Theatre downtown. 

A diverse group of 16 speakers from different areas of expertise shared their ideas on innovation.