Small Business

Feature Story This prepandemic photo shows yoga instructor Julia Fisher leading a yoga class. She’s helping people find connection through yoga at several lakeshore studios.

Yoga practitioner helps create community along the Lakeshore


Development News Tim Mroz

Over $5 million to be awarded to West Michigan area businesses


Feature Story Customer and employee safety remains a priority for businesses in downtown Holland and Grand Haven.
Feature Story Ed Garner is the Regional Director of the West Michigan Region of Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
Feature Story Tate Shumaker has an Etsy side hustle making habitats for pets.  Their store, Tatescosycreatures, features adorable hideaways shaped like fruits and vegetables for pet hamsters, guinea pigs, and rats.

Time is right for creative people to open Etsy shops


Development News Eric Dzierwa

GVSU student mentors prime small businesses for success


Feature Story Zeeland Board of Public Works is giving Holiday Power Dollars to customers who decorate the exterior of their home or yard for the holidays.
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Feature Story Dons Flowers and Gifts President Douglas J. Vos and office manager Katie DenHerder prepare to give away 3,500 roses to customers, so they can gift the flowers to friends and family in an effort to lift community spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zeeland shop offers free flowers to lift community spirits


Feature Story Surveys show that 51% of employees report stress and burnout as a result of working at home. 

10 tips to reduce stress for employees working at home


Feature Story Just Goods Gifts recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate its new location.

Retailers find new home in Grand Haven’s refurbished Depot


Feature Story Downtown Holland launched its outdoor expansion program in June, allowing shops and restaurants to expand their operations onto the sidewalks and parking spaces. 

Downtown Holland extends popular outdoor expansion program


Feature Story Charles Beasley, a product development engineer at DISHER, is given latitude to work on passion projects such as his mini mobile home he is designed for homeless people.

Stewardship part of DISHER's mission to make a positive difference


Feature Story Andy Rozendaal (left) and John Puttrich (right) comprise the leadership team and are Eighth Day Farm's two full time employees.
Feature Story Spring Lake DDA Director Angela Stanford-Butler, Grand Haven Main Street Executive Director Jeremy Swiftney and Ferrysburg Mayor Rebecca Hopp wear their "love of community" masks.

Communities reframe mask debate into message of unity


Feature Story Mike Ramirez is who is serving as the Restart Grant Board Chair for the Lakeshore Advantage grant administration process.

Transparency and inclusiveness drive Restart Grant award process