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Old Town General Store open for business

Maria Van Atta's Old Town General Store is now open for business.

According to excerpts from the article:

The Old Town General Store’s stock includes boxed water from a Grand Rapids company; Higher Grounds, a fair-trade, organic coffee roasted in Traverse City; organic beef; candy and gelato from Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor; and a selection of handmade body and facial products.

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Mayor Bernero welcomes new business owners to Old Town during ribbon-cutting ceremonies

Five new and two relocated businesses in Old Town celebrated ribbon cuttings with Mayor Virg Bernero last week.

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The businesses, each of which has opened or re-opened in the past nine months, include Linda J. Beeman Studio, Salon 1131, Old Town Marquee, Portable Feast, Bradly’s Home and Garden, Michigan Historic Preservation Network and Michigan Community Resources.

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LEAP awarded $500K for small business incubator

The Lansing Economc Area Partnership received $500,000 from the state for a small business incubator.

According to excerpts from the story:
 
Lansing Economic Area Partnership Inc. received the funds from the Michigan Strategic Fund, an arm of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., for its work managing a network known as the Lansing Regional SmartZone. The SmartZone is a defined area of economic development, created out of state law, that is intended to draw technology firms near universities.

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Popular Portland pizzeria reopens

A small business in Portland recently reopened under new ownership.

According to excerpts from the article:
 
The Portland Party Store and Pizzeria reopened on Dec. 3, offering a variety of pizza and beverage choices as before. The store is under the ownership of brothers Adam, Alexander and Ted Keusch, who have brought in their own touches to the business.

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Greenlight Business Model Competition Coming To East Lansing With $50K In Prizes

A new Greenlight  Business Model Competition will come to East Lansing in the spring.

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This event will bring entrepreneurs from all over Michigan to the East Lansing area to pitch their ideas to an amazing panel of judges with chances of winning a total of $50,000 in cash prizes along with networking with angel and venture capital investors from throughout the state.

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Business incubators look to cultivate entrepreneurial spirit

Business incubators are on the rise in the Lansing area, spurring local business growth.

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For four years, dozens of entrepreneurs in such fields as information technology and biotechnology have cycled through what’s known as the Technology Innovation Center — 6,500 square feet near the corner of Grand River Avenue and Charles Street — in search of low rent and help to turn their dreams into startup companies.

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Meridian Township ranked as a top place for entrepreneurs

Meridian Township was named one of eight top communities for entrepreneurial growth and economic development in Michigan by researchers at iLabs, University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research.

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"I’m thrilled by the fact that the township received an Outstanding Community Award in 2012, and that we received a five star rating for the third consecutive year," said Rick Brown, Meridian Township’s associate planner.
 
The eCities research surveyed 114 communities from 40 counties in Michigan that are home to 34 percent of Michigan residents and nearly half of its college graduates.

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Red Haven Farm to Table Grand Opening

The Purple Carrot's Red Haven Farm to Table restaurant is now open.

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Wednesday, October 17th marks the grand opening. Chef Tony Maiale and Nina Santucci bring their focus on local Michigan foods and products to the world of fine dining with their tapas-style restaurant, located at 4480 S. Hagadorn Road within The Hamptons mixed-use apartment complex near Mount Hope.

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Lansing-area food trucks expand business with permanent restaurants

The forthcoming restaurant, Red Haven is the next venture to spring from an area food truck.

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Red Haven, The Purple Carrot’s sophisticated younger relative, will offer upscale small plates made with mostly Michigan ingredients to what is expected at first to be mainly a dinner crowd. The restaurant could open within weeks in The Hamptons of Meridian, a mixed-use development near Mt. Hope and Hagadorn roads in Meridian Township.

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Lansing's NEO Center to host Startup Weekend, event aimed at launching new businesses

This year's Startup Weekend in Lansing will be hosted by the NEO Center.

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The event begins Friday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. at the NEO Center, located at 934 Clark St. in Lansing.
 
Entrepreneurs pitch their ideas Friday evening. Attendees vote for the best ideas, then form teams to further develop the business ideas before pitching their plans to investors and "thought leaders" Sunday evening.

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New mobile food truck debuts at Saturday's game

Michigan State's first food truck debuted this month during an MSU football game.

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The Eat At State On-The-Go truck is MSU’s first mobile food vendor and hopefully will appeal to MSU community members whose needs were not being met with stationary cafeterias and Sparty’s convenience stores, said Bruce Haskell, associate director of Residential Dining.

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Home brewing store opens in Frandor

A new home-brewing supply store called opened in early August called That’s How We Brew near Frandor.

According to excerpts from the article:

“Our whole idea is to expand people’s education on crafting beer and to create a user-friendly, casual environment,” store owner Patrick Brazil said. “We will have a lot of products for the very experienced brewer to the intermediate brewer to the beginners.”
 
The store specializes in outfitting buyers with everything they would need to make their own individual brew.

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Ground broken in Delta for new senior complex

On Aug. 15,  the new Delta River Senior Village celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony.

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Delta River Senior Village will be a three-story, 38-unit apartment building for low and moderate income seniors 62 and older.
 
Made possible by a $3.67 million HUD grant, it is the first new apartment building in the township in five years, according to township community development director Mark Graham.

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Lansing-area eateries made to order: Restaurants need to fill niche

Like the Kellogg family, who just opened Penn Station East Coast Subs in Lansing, restaurantuers are finding success with niche markets. 

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Restaurateurs such as the Kelloggs are part of a breed of entrepreneur trying to push into a field that some experts call the toughest around.
 
The hospitality industry in Michigan is expected to generate some $12.6 billion in sales revenue and employ 374,800 people this year, based on figures from the National Restaurant Association.

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Olive oil business fills a niche

Great Lakes Olive Oil at Eastwood Towne Center is a family business looking to fill the local niche market for olive oil and balsalmic vinegars.

According to excerpts from the story:

Elyse Lee, her sister, Elexis Meloy, and their mother, Terri Lee, opened their first Great Lakes Olive Oil Co. store in 2010 in Frankenmuth, selling a variety of olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Two years later, they’ve opened a second store at Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing Township.

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