Category: Entrepreneurs

Store employee and game master Asha Fernanders explains a game to patron Josh Cribbs.

August 3, 2022

Open for less than a year, the Voss Media Board Game Cafe in Galesburg is close to turning all the fun into a profitable business.

a group of mostly Black men sit at a conference table with laptops

July 15, 2022

A Kalamazoo city program is using business skills and licensing exam training to address the dearth of building contractors and upend a racial disparity in the trade.

dan and emmy kastner stand behind a counter at Factory Coffee

July 11, 2022

The Kalamazoo roastery and coffee shop’s third location, which opens July 21, adds a full menu, adult beverages, and later nights.

Twala Lockett-Jones sits at a table holding a copy of her book

June 30, 2022

Kalamazoo-based Realtor turns ideas about overcoming homeowner disparities into a children’s story about buying castles and breaking curses.

Daniel May stands at an unfished bar inside his cocktail lounge

June 20, 2022

The new Dabney & Co., named after a pioneering mixologist who was forced to buy his way out of slavery, will open in the former Civil House Coffee space in downtown Kalamazoo.

Lee Patton, Lee Patton Jr., and Markus Patton standing in front of an ice cream truck

June 17, 2022

A locally owned ice cream truck company has recently launched. It’s a combination of tastes and sounds that are nostalgic to some and strange to the younger crowd. But for everyone, it’s just in time for the heat wave.

Anaya Fernando stands behind a table covered in her bath and body products.

June 7, 2022

Teenage entrepreneur announces a retail deal for her eco- and body-friendly personal care products.

Several kids running around and playing outside

May 26, 2022

Kalamazoo nonprofit Steps to Victory focuses on teaching autonomy while reducing the summer lag that can impact the next year for crucial elementary school grades.

Raphael Thurin and Trent Friske stand in a room full of marijuana plants

May 10, 2022

The only Black- and Indigenous-owned marijuana business in Kalamazoo is targeting another 400 pounds a month when their expansion is completed. But Ahki Canna is an outlier in an industry dominated by the white and wealthy.

a red, wooden school house after total renovation

April 20, 2022

After an extensive restoration and a pandemic break, classes (and more) resume at the 143-year-old school house on a Cooper Township corner.