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Sun Title Agency Named to Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing private companies list

Sun Title Agency Named to Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing private companies list

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Sun Title, Michigan’s most innovative, customer-focused, tech-savvy title companies, Wednesday announced it has been recognized on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the country.

Sun Title made this prestigious list based on the company’s remarkable 123 percent growth rate over the past three years.  This is the first time that Sun Title has been named to the list.

My Town GR North: Creston Neighborhood welcomes city's first hostel

My Town GR North: Creston Neighborhood welcomes city's first hostel

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Two longtime Grand Rapids residents plan to transform a 150-year-old Victorian home into the city’s first hostel.

Cousins Mark and Phil Bouman plan to open the Grand Rapids International Hostel in 2015. The men recently purchased a home near Leonard and Plainfield for their pursuit.  The house, built in 1878 by a lumber baron, features four bathrooms and five bedrooms, which will welcome up to 30 people a night.

“The hostel experience is really one of community,” said Phil Bouman, co-owner of Grand Rapids International Hostel. “It’s about sharing space, food, knowledge and experience. Mark and I believe Grand Rapids has a lot to offer, and we want to share it with others.”

Jumping ship: Why some local leaders are leaving the corporate world for the social sector

Jumping ship: Why some local leaders are leaving the corporate world for the social sector

By Melinda Clynes
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

Thriving cities benefit from a mix of for-profit and nonprofit leadership, and Rapid Growth is taking a look at some West Michigan leaders who have left the corporate world for work in the social sector.

How investments in solar energy make for better business plans in West Michigan

How investments in solar energy make for better business plans in West Michigan

by Anya Zentmeyer
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

My Town Plainfield Township: Supporter of Michigan Titanium challenges employees to compete

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Want to work for a company that embraces healthy living? Here is one amazing example.

Ryan Leestma, owner of ISI, the new title sponsor of the Michigan Titanium,  truly embraces this philosophy. He has not only committed to support Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon for years to come as a sponsor, but also walks the talk when it comes to his employees.

Leestma has encouraged his employees to get involved with the ISI Michigan Titanium, Michigan’s only full iron distance triathlon. If they do, he will not only purchase a bike for them, but will provide other equipment and personalize training to ensure they have a great race. Why? He knows that triathletes rank among the top earners, driven, successful personalities out there, according to a recent study by USA Triathlon.

My Town: Michigan Works employment support center closing Aug. 21

My Town: Michigan Works employment support center closing Aug. 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Michigan Works is closing its service center in My Town Grand Rapids North.

The facility at 1560 Leonard NE will shut down at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21.  Michigan Works says a new service center opening in the Westside Complex, at 215 Straight Ave. NW, will provide limited services beginning at 8 a.m. Friday Aug. 22.  The new facility will begin offering a full array of free employment support services beginning Thursday, Aug. 28.

The facility changes are part of Michigan Works restructuring plan.

“The Service Center relocation will reduce our overhead costs substantially,” said Jacob Maas, executive director for ACSET. “That’s in addition to an anticipated $1 million savings due to a recent change to our service delivery model. That’s money that will be invested directly into our employment and training programs. As federal funding decreases, we are tasked with being more creative and flexible.”

In West Michigan's booming tech scene, talent is the final piece of the puzzle

In West Michigan's booming tech scene, talent is the final piece of the puzzle

By Stephen Thomas Kent
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

If you talk to West Michigan technology employers and entrepreneurs frequently, as we do at Rapid Growth Media, you’ll hear one refrain that pops up again and again: “Talent.” As in, “we need more of it.”