New Ventures

What do you do after 28 years in the military? Open a toy store, of course!

For over 28 years Tim Resst served our country in the Army and Army National Guard, completing tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Tim, a seasoned pilot of advanced military aircraft like the Black Hawk helicopter, eventually retired as a Lt Colonel where he commanded a battalion of 25 helicopters and 750 personnel. When Tim […]

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Molly & Oliver’s Children’s Upscale Resale

Amy Mills has always envisioned herself as an entrepreneur.  Wanting to turn her gift for photography into a business, Amy originally connected with the Capital Region Small Business Development Center in 2006.  However, after attending some MI-SBDC courses and meeting with a business consultant, Amy eventually decided that it wasn’t the right time to pursue […]

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Unified Business Technologies, Inc.

Most small business owners have their own “secret” to success – a mantra, mission, or attitude that shapes their company and inspires its success.  For Michelle D’Souza, that secret is making sure the clients of her full-service engineering and information technology (IT) solutions firm, Unified Business Technologies, Inc., (UBT) know that their needs are her […]

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Peppino’s Pizza

Small business owners Mike and Paula Raymond opened their doors to customers as franchisees of Peppino’s Pizza in 2004. The Peppino’s franchise started in 1976, when Carlo DiLeonardo opened the first Peppino’s Pizzeria in Standale, MI. A second pizzeria was opened in Allendale in 1980. Expansion continued, and there are now eleven Peppino’s in West […]

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Jumpin Jax Arena

Joan Blackmer and Kelly Ramirez are a couple of moms who had the entrepreneurial spirit that lead them to the pursuit of starting their own business. Jumpin’ Jax Bounce Arena was created to offer a clean, family-friendly facility for children to have fun and get exercise. Joan and Kelly heard of existing facilities that offer […]

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Iverson’s Snowshoes

During the winter of 2007 Bob and Linda Graves; owners of Grand Island Log Homes purchased Iverson’s Snowshoes, makers of traditional white ash snowshoes and snowshoe furniture. The Graves made it their intention to continue making the traditional wooden snowshoes the same as they have been made for over 40 years. The process starts with […]

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Birds and the Bees Collectible Dolls

Julie Molloy always had an enormous love of dolls as a little girl. She always believed she would grow up to make and create her own baby dolls. At the age of 15, she would gather scraps of material and old nylons to create her dolls. She later found the wonderful clays that were available […]

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Birchfield Studios

You’ll look your best with portraits by Birchfield Studio! The photographers, Don Meissner and Andrea Palmer, have over 40 years combined experience and strive to make sure their clients have fun in the process! Don began his career by working for Photography by Julius. After Julius retired, Don started Birchfield Photographic Studio in 1984. Don’s […]

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Mi Farm Market

When it comes to Michigan-made products, no one knows our state better than the Bruce Family – owners of Mi Farm Market.  Simply step through the doors of their bright red storefront in downtown Ellsworth, MI, and you can find the finest work of over 80 local farmers, artisans and small business owners.  The Bruces […]

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The Bayou Restaurant & Bar

It’s Friday night in Harvey, Michigan, and where is everyone headed to eat and enjoy some live music? Down to the famous Friday night Fish Fry at the Bayou!  Built in the 1930s and located just off of highway US 41 near the Chocolay River Bayou, the location has had several names over the years.  […]

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