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New foundation to provide 3D printers and inventive technology to schools

Long-time inventor looks to help fund program development and maker technology in K-12 schools through a new foundation with a maker-space ethos. 
 

Husband-wife team bring bounce to parties and fundraisers

Starting a business makes a relocated husband and wife feel right at home while creating fun, family-friendly parties. 
 

JoyRide Pedal Tours brings party bikes to Lansing, puts new spin on summer leisure

Bike lovers looking to take in the sites can let the good times roll on a bicycle built for 15.
 

Cinnaire offers unlimited paid time off, hires 14 new employees

Unlimited paid time off empowers employees to continue to commit to the cause at a community development and finance institution in Greater Lansing.
 

Klimb Creative helps small businesses reach new marketing heights

Experienced marketing coordinator helps small businesses overcome marketing anxieties and fill publicity and communication gaps through newly launched company.
 

Lansing-based creative companies join forces to help Michigan businesses prosper

A strategic business alliance between two creative agencies in Lansing will enable the firms to broaden and expand services while meeting the needs of their clients.
 

Local clinic launches breakthrough online mental health service

Licensed therapist launches online, confidential resource to help individuals assess personal needs for professional mental health services. 
 

The beat goes on as new performance and events venue opens in Old Town

Old Town's new Urban Beat Events Center transforms a once vacant storefront into a customizable gathering place for performances, corporate meetings and intimate special events. 
 

McCartney Academy of Irish Dance opens, moves to new spot as demand jumps

Championship dancer gives kids through adults the chance to jump, stamp and make lots of fantastic noise through her newly-opened academy focused on the art of Irish dance.
 

Clothing company sports Lansing pride

Designer makes Lansing home and shows his Lansing pride through newly launched clothing line.
 

Chamber recognizes established business leaders through new initiative

A new initiative acknowledges the contributions of the boomer generation to the ongoing growth and development of Greater Lansing.

Online marketplace of gently used clothing a perfect fit for tall community

Two entrepreneurs take fashion and clothing business to new heights through an innovative, online marketplace for the tall community.
 

New business accelerator launched through LEAP

As part of its charge to support entrepreneurial and startup activity, the Lansing Area Economic Partnership launched a business acceleration program in December to help companies move products from the concept phase to the marketplace.

Tax resolution service moves headquarters and staff of three to downtown Lansing

As the vice president of ALG Tax Solutions, Mark Hampton and founding partner A.J. Gross focus on providing clients with tax resolution, tax audit and litigation services, and tax preparation during the tax season. He's here, he says, to help you fight the IRS so you can focus on business.

Long-time restaurant manager opts for scraps

Todd Powell has always found the value in things meant for the scrap heap.
 
Got an old washing machine, baby swing, furniture, or even a furnace? He'll take it. Worn-out file cabinets jammed with office paper? He'll take that, too. Any yard waste, old lumber or firewood? Give him a call. He'll be there to haul it away for free.
 
Powell founded Scrap King in late December after eight years of scavenging scrap metal, junk, and the assorted things people pitch and toss aside in modern life. He collects junk curbside, from people's homes and basements, and from an occasional dumpster. He picks up and hauls daily, making the rounds in Eaton, Ingham and Clinton counties, in search of aluminum, steel, copper and other items and materials he can exchange for cash at scrap yards, recyclers and second hand stores.
 
"The best thing is I'm on the road," says Powell. "It's a different situation every day—a different job, a different location. You meet a lot of different people. That's another nice thing about it."
 
Powell swapped a full-time job managing a Panera franchise for life as a scrapper. It was a leap of faith, he says, but it was more than a fair exchange, giving him the time and flexibility to spend with his wife, Kelly, and two baseball-playing kids.
 
The Charlotte-dad says he draws daily on his 25 years of experience in customer service-related businesses to bring a personal, professional tone to his new enterprise. For the naturally-friendly Powell, that comes easy, even on the most demanding days.  And it's paid off, with referrals and word traveling fast among friends, neighbors and businesses looking to clean house.
 
Powell recently brought on two part-time staff to help with heavy lifting. His two sons sometimes ride along, providing a keen eye for the overlooked and unwanted.
 
"They think it's a treasure hunt," says Powell. "They absolutely love it."
 
Source: Todd Powell, Owner, Scrap King
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
    
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