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Choosing Lansing: Aaron and Emily Matthews

They may not always agree, but Aaron and Emily Matthews concur that Lansing is the place to be for networked, young professionals. With dual careers and a passion for small business, the Matthews have carved out their niche in what they call the biggest small town in the Midwest. 

Beyond Incubation: NEO Center Graduates

When small businesses are just starting out, their list of needs can be a mile long. The NEO Center in Lansing is an incubator space giving these businesses and entrepreneurs a fighting chance by providing them with resources and meeting their unique and specific needs. Meet some of the folks who have since moved on and flourished.

On the bright side, where things are happening

Ever wonder about the people, businesses and organizations working to make your community/city/state more vibrant? In the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan's "The Bright Side" TV show, you get to discover what makes Michigan such an amazing place to be.

Lugnuts, stepping up to the plate off-season

After the boys of summer are gone, the organizers behind one of Lansing's favorite pastimes are still hard at work hitting home runs for the community. Special events and charitable giving are part of the central business philosophy for the Lansing Lugnuts—the city's Class A minor league baseball team for 18 years strong.

Lansing becomes a pioneer in Michigan, launching bike share program

Bike sharing is finally a reality here in Lansing ... and it looks like we’re the first city to offer it in the state of Michigan.

Why local grocers matter

In a time where corporate owned superstores seem to be popping up on every corner of a city or suburb, what benefit does one get from shopping hyper-local? The Old Town General Store, among many other new independent grocers, sprung roots in Lansing this past summer and set out to prove that they have more to offer than just specialty items; things like economic sustainability of a community.

Mompreneurs and child's play

Driven by similar visions for creative, energy-burning spaces for kids, four local moms built their own businesses geared toward giving parents in the Capital region welcoming places to take the kids and enjoy some grown-up time, too.

Building up the Michigan/Grand River Corridor

With two projects under their belt and one in the works, Wolf River Development is at the center of a goal to build up the Michigan/Grand River Corridor in Lansing and East Lansing. Their housing projects are bringing students back to campus and helping to contribute to the density and vibrancy of the area. 

Conscientious flexitarians - eating the right meat

While conscientious eaters are loading up with fruits and veggies just like mom advised, many aren't totally keen about holding the chicken or beef from their daily diets. Some foodies are blending their vegetarian leanings with occasional infusions of meaty meals. Loosely known as "flexitarians," these versatile eaters are driving the presence of fine meats at restaurants, markets and home grills.

Entrepreneurs who want to make a social impact

On June 18, Michigan’s first Social Entrepreneur Challenge wrapped up with the Social Entrepreneur Showcase, where dreamers and doers from across the state were given the opportunity to connect, network and share their ideas with the people who could help them bring those ideas to life.

Fostering a growing Generation E

We're all familiar with Generation X and Generation Y. Now get acquainted with Generation E. Beginning this academic year, middle and high school students in the Capital region will have the chance to put business ideas into action through an innovative curriculum that encourages entrepreneurial thinking.

Lansing's space for makers to create

Lansing area woodworkers, metal smiths, electronic geeks and hobbyists can come out of their lonely basements and sheds to a new welcoming space. After a year-and-a-half in the making, the Lansing Makers Network is up and running, offering a tinkering heaven replete with tools, like-minded people and wide-open creation spaces.

Speaker Series Recap: Innovative educators

On June 27, we heard from educators who are taking their children out of the classroom, both mentally and physically, to enhance their learning experience.

Barber by day, Urban clothier by night

Wearing his passion for fashion on his T-shirt sleeve is part of what puts Leo Brown on the map as one of Lansing's most innovative, thought-provoking, and celebrity-savvy urban clothing designers.

Small Businesses As Third Places Experience Growth

How many places do you have? If you're not sure, here's a recommendation: three. In this special report, we'll discover small businesses throughout Michigan that serve as "third places" for their communities, and are growing because of it. 
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