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  • Steve Frazee, TEDx Grand Rapids
  • Ryan Vaughn, Varsity News Network
  • Kelly LeCoy, Uptown Kitchen
  • Ed Kettle, Amway 4th Of July Family Fireworks

Steve Frazee / TEDx Grand Rapids, Ryan Vaughn / Varsity News Network, Kelly LeCoy/ Uptown Kitchen

We chat about what each of their businesses/organizations is and does, how they got started in these ventures, what made them want to call their own shots instead of working for a boss, local entrepreneurship initiatives like Momentum, 5x5 Night and Start Garden, the present climate for entrepreneurship and innovation in Grand Rapids, businesses that are catching their eye, a few highlights from the 2012 TEDx Grand Rapids, how Kelly grew Uptown Kitchen out of a business plan created at Calvin College, how Ryan grew Varsity News Network and more……

TEDx Grand Rapids http:// tedxgrandrapids.org/
On Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ TEDxGrandRapids

Varsity News Network http://www.varsitynewsnetwork.com/
On Facebook http://www.facebook.com/VarsityNewsNetwork

Uptown Kitchen http://www.uptownkitchengr.com/
On Facebook http://www.facebook.com/uptownkitchen

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Ed Kettle, Amway 4th Of July Family Fireworks

I'm also joined by, Ed Kettle, from the Amway 4th of July Family Fireworks. Ed and I chat about this year's parade, the music and entertainment line up for Ah-Nab-Awen Park, and some of the best spots for watching the fireworks on Wednesday, July 4!

Amway 4th of July Family Fireworks http://www.4thofjulygr.com/
On Facebook http://www.facebook.com/4thofjulygr

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I'm really looking forward to introducing you to folks around West Michigan every week who are helping to positively shape our area with their music, their art, their bold business ideas, and the causes they're passionate about!

~Paul Jendrasiak

Tom and Jake Scheidel also join me to chat about the 8th annual Jake's Music Festival to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We talk about the eclectic group of musicians that will be performing, about some of the important things people should understand about Juvenile Diabetes, and those who help make Jake's Music Festival possible.

You can learn more about Jake's Music Festival at:
http://www.facebook.com/events/389835501045644/