West Michigan News
July 26, 2011
The hardest part of growing a blossoming startup beyond infancy is recruiting talent. The right team can take your venture to new heights whereas the wrong one can push it off a cliff.
Even though we are in a “employer’s” market, traditional recruitment channels, such as recruitment firms, may prove too expensive for fledgling businesses. Startups should consider using social media as a recruitment tool.
When executed properly, social media offers recruiting managers a larger applicant pool, more access to information that will enable them to better pre-screen and filter candidates and, most importantly, a more direct line of communication to the potential hires themselves.
It is important to avoid missteps. Spamming people will get your business nowhere fast. It’s a tricky balancing act but by being respectful, honest and human, your next big hire might just come from Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
Category: Home, Sustainability, WestMichigan
July 18, 2011
A report on FoxDetroit.com says a new lipdub video filmed in Grand Rapids and produced by Grand Valley State University students could be the world's first lipdub by senior citizens.
According to excerpts from the story:
Residents at the Clark Retirement Community in Grand Rapids are calling their viral video the world's first senior citizen LipDub. The video, posted on YouTube Tuesday, shows seniors performing to Michael Buble's "Feeling Good." According to the video's description, it was produced by graduates and students at Grand Valley State University.
Category: GrandRapids, Home, WestMichigan
July 08, 2011
Kalamazoo ranked number three on the 10 best places to start over.
Private-education and health-services jobs have grown steadily over the past several years in this southwestern Michigan city, and the area's long-declining manufacturing sector is once again showing signs of life. A new office building and downtown residential development are also bringing jobs and people back into the city's downtown.
One other perk of starting over here: Thanks to the Kalamazoo Promise, a local nonprofit, every child who attends Kalamazoo public schools from kindergarten through high-school graduation will receive a full scholarship to the state-supported school of their choice in Michigan.
Category: Home, Kalamazoo
June 28, 2011
When we ask young people how to make West Michigan a more welcoming and attractive place to live and work, and they tell us what they think – do we listen? What steps are we are taking to make their ideas a reality in the region’s largest cities?
See the conversation that took place amoung West Michigan’s top leaders at the Quaeris Unconference!, “Attracting and Retaining Young Talent.”
Category: featured, GrandRapids, Holland, Home, Muskegon, WestMichigan
June 20, 2011
The recruitment group Quaeris | HelloWestMichigan.com is sponsoring a free seminar on attracting and retaining young talent this on June 24.
It will include a panel with West Michigan mayors George Heartwell (Grand Rapids), Kurt Dykstra (Holland) and Gary Nelund (Norton Shores) discussing what West Michigan is doing be an attractive destination for the next generation to live and work.
Category: GrandRapids, Holland, Home, Muskegon
June 14, 2011
Looking for a great summer travel deal? Then, you’ll want to check out our Pure Michigan one-tank trips to stretch your dollars to explore history, beaches, orchards, parks and attractions.
Category: Community, Culture, featured, Home, WestMichigan
June 03, 2011
Grand Rapids is made up of many persons. Many persons who got together, one Sunday morning for 4 or 5 hours, and put together a little something very special to honor our city. Because of that, ABC News, tonight, will be naming the Rob Bliss Lip Dub Video as its “Person Of The Week!”
The Grand Rapids LipDub video put GR on the map once again!
Category: Community, featured, GrandRapids, Home
May 26, 2011
Led by Rob Bliss, a group of Michiganders got together to give a shout out to Grand Rapids for the world to see. In the process, they set a new world record.
Roger Ebert called this the greatest music video ever and there are reports that this is being shown in Spain, Germany and New Zeeland.
Category: Arts, Arts&Culture, featured, GrandRapids, Home, Innovation
May 04, 2011
The Tulip Time Festival is a celebration of Dutch heritage and culture, a multi-generational event that has a little bit of something for everyone including; 3 amazing parades, multiple Dutch Dance performances, concerts, theatre, Dutch attractions, Dutch food, children’s events, trolley tours and so much more!
Category: Arts, Arts&Culture, Community, featured, Food, Holland, Home
April 14, 2011
Grand Rapids is an impressive city. Despite its modest size, it has plenty to offer in terms of attractions, both mainstream and green.
Category: Arts&Culture, Culture, Entertainment, GrandRapids, Home