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My Town: Two honored with chamber of commerce awards

My Town: Two honored with chamber of commerce awards

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---  A man who emigrated from Indonesia to open a series of floral shops in West Michigan is the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce’s Minority Business Award recipient.

Big Goei came to the United States in 1960 and settled in West Michigan.  With hard work and dedication, he built Eastern Floral, which has grown into seven locations involving 60 employees, generating an annual revenue of $5 million.

Goei also created the International Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the Goei Center, which is a business incubator for young, minority and female entrepreneurs.  He also serves as vice chair of Governor Snyder’s Talent Investment Board.

Goei was honored during the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon April 23.  Melissa Fennel, senior strategic sourcing manager at Herman Miller, was also honored with the Outstanding Advocate for Minority-Owned Business award.

My Town: New bistro prepares to open in downtown Zeeland

My Town: New bistro prepares to open in downtown Zeeland

ZEELAND, Mich.—The finishing touches are being added to a new bistro opening downtown this week.

The Elbo Room Bistro will celebrate its grand opening May 2 and May 3.  The bistro, located at 120 E. Main Street, will be open 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.  The restaurant plans to expand its hours once it has a liquor license.

The Elbo Room Bistro is focused on providing whole, unprocessed foods using local sources when possible.  The menu features a variety of foods, including omelets, sandwiches, salads, burritos and burgers.  

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

HOLLAND, Mich.—A rock and roll nutrition show has arrived in West Michigan.

“Jump with Jill” kicked off a series of performances at five area schools Monday, with a live show at Thomas Jefferson School in Holland.  It’s one of five schools that won a statewide contest, thanks to the generosity of Michigan’s dairy farmers and milk processors and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan as part of their Fuel Up to Play 60 program. 

“Dairy is one of easiest and richest ways that kids can get the calcium they need for strong bones,” says Amy Viselli with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. “Jump with Jill has serious fun with a serious message. They even dress up a milk jug as a rapper named Calcium.”

My Town Zeeland: Pumpkinfest introduces new Avenue Art program

My Town Zeeland: Pumpkinfest introduces new Avenue Art program

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ZEELAND, Mich.--  Pumpkinfest will be celebrating its 30-year anniversary this October 2, 3 and 4.

What started out as a unique way to get people into downtown Zeeland has turned into an annual tradition, where family, friends and guests come together and enjoy a celebration of fall activities, fun events and great food!

My Town: Guiding Light Mission to celebrate thrift store reopening

My Town: Guiding Light Mission to celebrate thrift store reopening

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Spring cleaning time is here and Guiding Light Mission needs your old items to help fill the shelves of its upscale thrift store.

Donations can be dropped off at the Guiding Light Mission Upscale Thrift Store, where donors can receive a tax deductible receipt for their contributions. The store is located at 1435 60th Street SE in Kentwood.

Guiding Light will celebrate the store’s grand reopening and a new partnership with Holland Rescue Mission on Thursday, June 17. The celebration will start at 12 p.m. at the store and appetizers and refreshments will be available.

Guiding Light Mission Upscale Thrift Store carries a variety of items for all ages, including dishes, hardware, sporting goods and jewelry, as well as new furniture and mattresses, which come with free delivery.

For information about how to volunteer for Guiding Light Mission, contact Marcia at (616) 451-0236 ext. 14.

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announces plans for its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28, 2014.

Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.