The Rapidian

Economy & Business

A Watershed Moment: National sustainable business conference comes to Grand Rapids

Submitted 05-16-2012 under NEWS

On today’s episode Elissa Hillary, Executive Director of Local First, discusses the upcoming tenth annual BALLE Conference


Start Garden planted

Submitted 04-26-2012 under NEWS

Rick DeVos unveiled the details of his $15,000,000 venture capital fund on Thursday morning.


Grand Rapids restaurants give back during Dining Out for Life fundraiser

Submitted 04-23-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

Grand Rapids joins more than 55 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada in Dining Out For Life® event.


Celebration Cinema ready to build downtown

Submitted 04-11-2012 under NEWS

60,000 sq.ft. proposal would mean more than just movies for the downtown area.


Grand Rapids vies for $1M grant in Fighting Hunger Together Facebook campaign

Submitted 04-09-2012 under NONPROFITS

Users can cast daily votes for Grand Rapids on Walmart's Facebook page.


Proposal aims to bring casino to downtown Grand Rapids

Submitted 04-06-2012 under NEWS

Statewide group is hoping to change the state constitution to allow for more casinos.


Central District Cyclery brings bike shop convenience downtown

Submitted 03-30-2012 under NEWS

"Spinfully good" new bike shop offers maintenance and rentals as well as ordinary and custom build bikes to downtown cyclists.


Changing the world through design

Submitted 03-27-2012 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Seth Starner explains how storytelling, visualization, and a walk through the art museum are central to business innovations.


The Spoke Folks: Cooperative biking community

Submitted 03-22-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

Jay Niewiek looks to further The Spoke Folks, a cooperative biking community with the intentions of engaging and supporting the biking community and making biking affordable and available for all people in Grand Rapids.


Cuts to library, public goods hit home

Submitted 03-12-2012 under OPINION

The Grand Rapids Public Library is one of many local institutions receiving less public funding. Cuts to public goods have seemingly become an accepted inevitability.