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Meet Andrea Dirheimer, Westside Photographer

Meet Andrea Dirheimer, Westside Photographer

I love supporting local entrepreneurs and if they are from the Westside, even better.

(Can't help it...Westside is the bestside)

One of my neighbors is a photographer who does an amazing job!

May want to consider her, just sayin'...

Check out her website.

Meet Nancy Puffer, Westside Jewelry & Beadmaker

Meet Nancy Puffer, Westside Jewelry & Beadmaker

I ALWAYS love supporting local entrepreneurs here in West Michigan.

One is my neighbor Nancy.

She makes the most amazing jewerly and handmade beads.

She hosts fun party making events that could be perfect for you to do with your family, friends, and neighbors after hibernating for the Winter.

Here's her blog.

Worth checking out!

What the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan Does for GRR

What the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan Does for GRR

From Rapid Growth Media:

Up until the day I went to talk with Dan Wiersma about the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan (RAAWM), I still thought that when you decided to take a plane somewhere, you usually drove or took a bus to Detroit or Chicago first. Why did I think that? Because that's what everyone said. It was cheaper to get to Detroit or Chicago and fly from there than it was to fly straight out of Grand Rapids.

Wiersma, RAAWM's executive director and treasurer, explains to me that RAAWM is making strides to change that, and has already greatly impacted the cost of air transit in West Michigan.

In 2007, Wiersma says, Dick Devos was approached by a number of business leaders at a Christmas party. The conversation dealt with the issues of how expensive it was to fly in or out of Grand Rapids, and what it would take to bring a low-cost air carrier to town.

Yonker honors local business owner for contributions to gender, racial equality

Yonker honors local business owner for contributions to gender, racial equality

News Release:

State Rep. Ken Yonker and other West Michigan lawmakers this week honored local business owner Bing Goei, who received the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce's Diversity Visionary Award.

Goei, the CEO of Eastern Floral and founder of the Goei Center which nurtures local businesses owned by women and minorities, has served as a leader in business and his community for years.

"Mr. Goei is a role model in our community," said Yonker, R-Caledonia. "He is precisely the type of leader we can look to for an example of how to run a business and how to support the community. He's a model for integrity in business and in his personal life and I'm very happy that the chamber gave him this honor."

Yonker and some of his fellow representatives presented Goei with a tribute from their state offices, "in recognition of the tireless work that Bing Goei has done to promote racial and gender equality in West Michigan."

Local non-profit begins microloan program, area businesses stand to gain

Local non-profit begins microloan program, area businesses stand to gain





GRAND RAPIDS—December 17, 2010—Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) recently secured funding to pilot a small-business microloan program, the goal of which is to provide loans ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to qualified women who own and operate small businesses in greater Grand Rapids and surrounding areas.

Whether for computers, storefront improvements or additional capacity building, microloans provided by GROW can be used for any business asset. Entrepreneur Deborah Tacoma will invest her loan in a website redesign for Freedomwand.com, a Zeeland-based company that provides home health products for individuals with limitations or disabilities.

Local restaurant opens new location downtown

Local restaurant opens new location downtown

Taco Boy is a locally owned restaurant in the Grand Rapids area since 1967. Tuesday, December 13, 2010 was the first day for business at their new location at 180 Monroe NW. This new location is number six for the restaurant owners.

Taco Boy is known for their authentic family recipies with everything being made fresh onsite. The restaurant is open 10:30am to 9:00pm, Sunday through Thursday but will remain open until 2:30am on Frday & Saturday so they can accomodate the crowds leaving the downtown bars and entertainment.

WMSTI hosts summit on Health Care Reform

From: http://www.gvsu.edu

The West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative will hold its annual SUMmIT10 event, exploring the impact of Health Care Reform on innovation and entrepreneurship in the areas of drugs, diagnostics and devices. 

The event will be held Tuesday, September 28, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in Loosemore Auditorium at the DeVos Center, Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

While the law is still being debated, interpreted, and reduced to regulations, the impacts on innovation, product development and conducting business are becoming clear for these three areas of interest. Speakers will discuss how this new law will likely affect these areas in the future. 

7:30-8:30 a.m., Registration and continental breakfast
8:30-10:30 a.m., Keynote and company presentations
11 a.m.-noon, Panel discussion

Speakers include:
Roger S.