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Market Research Series!

No matter what industry, business is all about risk. One of the ways you can minimize your risk is by understanding your industry, your market, and your competition. But how can you do this without spending the money you need to start or run your business in the first place? The Grand Rapids Public Library […]

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Small Business Resource Center

We’re open for your business.

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I Wanna Grow Up To Be A Shipwreck Hunter

I don’t know about you, but I’m a HUGE fan of shipwrecks (I know that doesn’t sound right but you know what I mean). Being born and raised in a peninsular state with a long, colorful history of ships going down will do that to a gal. Anyway, one ship that’s long been lost to […]

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3…2…1…Blastoff!

Did you know that the Sochi Winter Olympic Torch was sent to the International Space Station as part of the lead up to the 2014 winter games in Russia? While it is not the first Olympic Torch to be sent into space, it will be the first taken on a spacewalk. If you think about […]

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Día de los Muertos Library Materials

Looking for more information on Día de los Muertos? Not sure why faces are painted like skulls? Why most altars include some of the same offerings? How to make some of your own crafts? Children’s picture books? Click on a book below for more information!   AV Material                 […]

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Small Business Resource Center Interview: Kelly Guillory, Comic Book Artist

By Steven Assarian, Business Librarian, Grand Rapids Public Library Entrepreneurship seems inherent, as in something you either have a talent for or you do not. There is a mythic quality to it, especially when you see its end results. Ashur Collective, Ms. Guillory’s Comic Imprint However, entrepreneurship is not magic; it is a set of […]

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Making history come alive

A couple of websites that are fairly new to the scene offer sound, sight and video, making past events interesting to more than just history buffs. The Oyez (say “oh yay”) Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. You can listen(!) to the cases being […]

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The Small Business Resource Center – Open for your Business!

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

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A little photo mystery solving!

Recently a patron called asking if we could identify the location of where a picture was taken. She found a photo on our website that she said was strikingly similar to a photo of her grandparents’ wedding. The people in our photo were not in her photo but the trellis and decorations were all the […]

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What’s worse than the flu?

David Quammen’s Spillover is a great new book to read as flu season heats up. The author looks at how and why zoonotic diseases may transfer from their traditional population to humans. It also gets my vote for “best cover” of 2012. If one compares death statistics, we’re much more likely to die from a small […]

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