April Smiley, owner of Amethyst Media Productions Calls the Grand River WorkPlace her Place to Do Business

If your business is in need of a marketing boost, you might want to talk with April Smiley. Whether your intention is to promote, educate, or entertain, April can create an effective visual representation of what your business has to offer. April has a versatile skill set: she is an experienced film maker, editor, writer,…

Small Business (SB) Dream Coach Ian Watts, a Grand River WorkPlace Member

There’s a lot of buzz lately about small business. Start-ups, entrepreneurs, artisans – how many of them really know how demanding starting one’s own business is, or that they have to stay flexible, that they may have to adjust their original plans? Staying flexible and responsive to customer feedback demands staying alert to how customers…

Nana Dansoa, Marketing and Design Firm Owner and Grand River WorkPlace Member

Nana Dansoa’s passion for empowering others is contagious. The mission of her business, Dansoa Marketing and Design, is to make all types of business owners, from social workers to chefs, feel that they have the tools and ability to make their business a success. Nana either works directly with business owners to create an effective…

Everything Detroit Joins the Grandmont Rosedale Business Community

About ten years ago Katrina Brown came up with the idea for her store, Everything Detroit. Katrina knew that Detroit had no lack of talented designers, artists, and entrepreneurs, but she also noticed that these small businesspeople “shied away from marketing their businesses because of the expense.” Everything Detroit offers Detroit based entrepreneurs, artists, and…

Cody Williams, Owner of Always Brewing Detroit and Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market Vendor

Most days you can find Cody Williams hard at work at Always Brewing Detroit, the coffee shop familiar to many people in Grandmont Rosedale at 19180 Grand River. On the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 4 – 8pm though, you’ll see Cody at the Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market instead, offering up organic,…

Sweet Potato Delights, A Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market Vendor and Double Dutch Advocate

Dr. Velonda Anderson’s life-long passion for fitness, healthy food, disease prevention, and children’s health has led her down some unexpected paths. Velonda is a professor of nutrition, an author of a nutritional foods cookbook, a nutrition speaker, a program manager for the Detroit Health Department, and a Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market vendor. She’s also known…

A Pop Up Pairing at the Grand River WorkPlace

Nicole Bien-Aime and Chanel Coleman met while they were taking ProsperUs training at the Grand River WorkPlace. Nicole had been selling women’s clothing out of an office building ill-suited to her needs. Chanel’s custom shoes and accessories business had been an online only endeavor and she was looking to expand. During their training the women…

GRANDcorridor Project Beautifies Grand River

The GRANDcorridor Beautification Project fuses art and the natural environment to create a more walkable, beautiful corridor along Grand River. Sponsored by GRDC, in collaboration with the student-run Project 561, artist collective The Forge, and numerous community and business volunteers, the project includes three new murals at local businesses and twenty five newly planted street…