small business

Mudpenny: Grand Rapids' Best Coffee Shop in 2019

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During March Madness season iheartGR fans voted in a “bracket” style tournament for the best coffee shop in Grand Rapids. In a Cinderella upset for the ages, Mudpenny defeated Madcap in the final round. Tiffany and Luke stopped by Mudpenny’s new brick and mortar location in the Roosevelt Park neighborhood to discuss the victory. PLUS learn the meaning behind Mudpenny’s name and their Abraham Lincoln mascot.

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Theme song performed and written by John and Jamin Ferris

Argos Book Shop

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Book stores are an integral part of any neighborhood, especially in Eastown where Argos Book Shop has been serving the community for over 40 years. Luke sits down with owner James “Jim” Bleeker to discuss owning a small business, why brick and mortar book stores matter, and an 18th century book on syphilis.

Visit Argos Book Shop

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Theme song performed and written by John and Jamin Ferris

Starting a Business in Grand Rapids

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Got an idea for a business? Where do you start? Where do you go? And how do you make it in Grand Rapids? Tiffany and Luke discuss all things entrepreneurship and business in the 616. This includes the pros and cons of starting a business in Grand Rapids as well as helpful tips and resources. PLUS Tiffany hands out some advice you can’t print on a poster or use as an Instagram bio.

Listen to the founders of Woosah and Outside Coffee Co.

Listen to the founders of boldSOCKS

Rapid Growth Entrepreneurship Series Article

Grand Rapids Public Library Small Business Resource Center

Inspiration From Local Business Owners

“Not everyone will understand or appreciate your idea. And that's okay. Never give up on something you believe in because your resiliency will be one of the keys to your success.” -Janine Thomas, founder of  Ysanne

“When your idea first comes to you and that vision starts to take shape, that vision being a business built around that idea, it better be a "hell yes" I'm doing this. If your not all in, you can negatively affect yourself and and those around you. “ -Hugh Ingalls, founder of Ingalls Pictures

Announcing the iheartGR Podcast Theme Show Contest

Are you a local band or artist? We need you to write a new intro song for the podcast. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Record a song or tune (at least 30 seconds long) that best represents the iheartGR Podcast. It can be any style and contain lyrics (or no lyrics).

  • Send your song in an .mp3 format to iheartgrandrapids@gmail.com with your band name and contact info.

  • The winner of the contest will be recognized on every episode, have their music played for a wide audience, and come on the show for a feature episode all about your music

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Parking in Grand Rapids

Photo evidence of Tiffany’s recent experience parking in Grand Rapids.

Photo evidence of Tiffany’s recent experience parking in Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids’ most controversial topic—parking! Tiffany and Luke escape the Michigan winter at The Plant Parlor to discuss the logistics, finances, and culture of parking in Grand Rapids.

City Manager and Grand Rapids Parking

Grand Rapids Parking Data

Mobile GR 2018 Parking Demand Study

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Parking meter locations in Grand Rapids.

Parking meter locations in Grand Rapids.


The Mindful Entrepreneur

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Grand Rapids entrepreneurs and business owners know the challenges of balancing work and family. The Mindful Entrepreneur is a weekend retreat in downtown Grand Rapids that is all about creating the space to grow and learn about finding balance in your busy life. Tiffany and Luke chat with Monika Krimendahl and Rick Hayhurst about the retreat and their tips to finding balance in hectic schedules.

Post #RockYourHustle on our Facebook page or The Mindful Entrepreneur to win free tickets to the event. Space is limited to get your tickets today!

The Mindful Entrepreneur

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