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Lansing Maker Week: Providing a venue for garage-style innovators, creators and entrepreneurs

The startup and maker community in the Capital region has been growing for some time. Lansing Maker Week now gives these budding entrepreneurs and innovators a venue to connect, collaborate and showcase what they've been dreaming up.

Lansing Businesses Take Advantage of Government Contracting

Small businesses in the Capital region are taking advantage of government contracting, bringing millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs every year into the local economy. While other regions have seen their government work decline, Tri-County businesses continue to secure more contracts through a program at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.  

Going deeper underground to support Lansing's nonprofits

Underground of Good is a group of people who care about the community that come together four times a year, pitch in money, and give to a local cause they care about. It's that easy … and it's making a difference.

A sustainable pint: Dark Horse Brewery adds energy efficiencies

Behind the funky accoutrements of the Dark Horse Brewery tap room, the cadre of bearded brewers and cellar men, and some of the best-tasting beers in mid-Michigan, a highly energy-efficient brewing process is in the making. 

Teaching kids to shape a healthy future for Lansing's rivers

Throughout the Lansing area, the GRAND Learning Network is partnering with schools and communities in an effort to teach the next generation about our beautiful state, and their role in preserving its resources.

Lansing Roots: Giving farming and gardening entrepreneurs a chance to grow

Next time you buy a delicious bunch of locally grown carrots at a farmer's market, or enjoy fresh snap peas or mustard greens at a neighborhood restaurant, you may well be supporting a new farmer who got their market garden up and running with the Lansing Roots Program.

Lansing's growing Turning Point program transforms boys into men

Turning Point is a burgeoning mentoring program in the Capital region serving African American and Hispanic young men. Following an Afro-centric curriculum based on the seven principles of Kwanzaa, the volunteer-run program provides crucial social and relational skills needed for the adult world.

Capital Area Crisis Rugby working to bring a Midwest championship to Lansing

First we had a professional baseball team … then there was a soccer team. And now, Lansing has its own professional rugby team, gearing up to bring the Midwest championship to our city.

Paws for compassion: Therapy dogs help those in need

More and more hospitals, schools and service organizations are finding that the qualities that make dogs man's best friend also make them instinctual providers of the unconditional love, compassion and care needed to heal. 

Mid-Michigan's growing craft distillery movement

By now, it's common to visit a winery or brewery in Michgian, but where can you go to get a locally made glass of bourbon? Or whiskey? Up until recently, that was a question without a good answer. But, the distilling industry is steadily growing and soon Lansing residents won't have to go far.

Renegade: Taking free theater, cabaret and poetry to the streets of Old Town

If your plans for mid August don't include a day or two spent in Old Town at the Renegade Theatre Festival, you need to revisit your calendar. Three days of comedy and drama, children's theatre and spoken word, cabaret and performance art. Truly, there's something here for everyone.

Homeless Angels: raising awareness for Lansing's homeless

The Homeless Angels are a small organization with a simple goal: to raise awareness for homelessness. Through community interaction, a lot of pavement pounding and building relationships, they are giving hope to the homeless in Lansing. 

Strategies to design and invest in Michigan's smalltowns

Michigan State University has been teaming up with the Michigan Municipal League and state agencies to involve residents in transforming their cities and small towns through an all-inclusive strategic planning process.

The Quest for Lansing's Best Burger

The summer's heating up and grills are being lit, so Capital Gains sent two intrepid writers out on the streets to find Lansing's best-tasting beef on a bun. 

Search for the Best Pad Thai in Town

Lansing has many Thai restaurants, and writer, Daniel J. Hogan went on a quest to find out which one has the best Pad Thai.
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