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Local business looks to hire veterans for upcoming tax season

Local business looks to hire veterans for upcoming tax season

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Tax season is still months away, but Jackson Hewitt Tax Service is already recruiting workers to help prepare returns.

The company plans to hire 1,000 military veterans and their spouses, including some for its local franchise, Moore Tax Service LLC, at 3150 Plainfield Ave. NE.  For more information about local openings, call (855) 301-1040.  

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service has 6,800 franchised and company-owned locations nationwide. 

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Meijer) – Meijer, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter chain, announced today that it is partnering with Priority Health, Michigan's leading health plan, to raise awareness and help customers obtain information regarding their options as open enrollment for health insurance begins under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

The Michigan-based entities have unveiled a Health Reform and You! website at http://www.meijer.com/aca and are also providing informational brochures for customers at 203 Meijer pharmacy locations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Company donates storm comfort wraps for shelter dogs

Company donates storm comfort wraps for shelter dogs

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—   A company is stepping in to help the Kent County Animal Shelter reach its goal of helping pets.

Mindy Smith-Pierman organized a fundraiser to provide 70 ThunderShirts for shelter dogs.  The ThunderShirt tightly wraps around dogs, providing extra comfort to animals normally scared during thunderstorms. Kent County Animal Shelter representatives say dogs are often come into the shelter skittish, either by nature or because of years of neglect and abuse. Storms usually increase anxiety in the dogs, prompting potential owners to shy away from choosing that particular pet.

 Last week, Smith-Pierman’s fundraiser with Chow Hound and Pet Supplies Plus covered the cost of 55 ThunderShirts, 15 shy of her goal.  But when the maker of ThunderShirts heard about the effort, it decided to donate the last 15 wraps.

Fall Fun on Family Farms

Fall Fun on Family Farms

Kent Harvest Trails showcases 20 participating Farms offering locally grown foods, activities, like corn mazes & hayrides and more for all to enjoy. Most farms are free, but a few may charge admission & there may be fee’s for special activities. Check out the fun down on these farms!

Participating Farms are:

Local businesses among the '101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies'

Local businesses among the '101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies'

More than two dozen West Michigan companies are among the “101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies” in Michigan.

The annual list was released September 11, one week before the award celebration at Davenport University.  The 101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies list celebrates organizations that inspire and produce green technology, positively impacting the industry and environment.  An independent research firm selected the winning companies based on the following categories: education, communication, strategic planning and operational implementation, innovation and problem solving, building and grounds, community leadership, workforce and financial performance.

The list of 2013 winners includes:

Businesses donate vehicle to Special Olympics Michigan

Businesses donate vehicle to Special Olympics Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) has a new way to get around.

On Saturday, September 7, the organization accepted a 2010 Toyota Sienna van donated by State Farm.  LKQ Corporation, PPG Industries and Star Collision CARSTAR donated parts, paint and services to restore the damaged van.

SOMI marketing and development director Ashley Diersch says the van will remain at the organization's office in Byron Center.  The vehicle will be used to move equipment, athletes and staff for state and regional tournaments located in southwest Michigan.

Proceeds from the 9th annual Creston Car Show also went to volunteer service organizations like SOMI, which provides sports training and competitions for more than 19,000 people with intellectual disabilities.

Creston Car Show rolls into town September 7

Creston Car Show rolls into town September 7

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A portion of Plainfield Avenue will be free of traffic September 7, as the Creston Car Show rolls back into town for its ninth year.

The event, organized by the Creston Business Association, is free and open to the community.  Visitors are invited to walk down Plainfield Avenue NE and check out a variety of vehicles, including classic, hot rod, antique, muscle and rare models.  Kid-friendly activities will also be available, including Air Hoops.

Ned Rouse will provide a free performance and Red Jet Café will serve up pies for their annual pie eating contest.

The Creston Car Show kicks off at 11 a.m. at 1560 Plainfield Ave. NE.  The event will close out at 3 p.m. with a cruise to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Proceeds from the Creston Car Show will go to local charities.