#TheShift Summit seeks to empower Black entrepreneurs & communities

shift#TheShift Summit
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Nov. 16, 2019
GVSU Eberhard Center
301 W. Fulton Grand Rapids 49503

#TheShift Summit, a one-day experience dedicated to Empowering Black Entrepreneurs & Communities, is an annual gathering to connect, engage and inform entrepreneurs, creatives small business owners, professionals and stakeholders about opportunities, resources and programs in the entrepreneurial ecosystem that will foster to economic empowerment and equity.

#TheShift Summit attendees will enjoy a day filled with panel discussions, workshops and networking with entrepreneurs, influencers, doers, creatives and other tri-sector leaders. It is a critically important opportunity for attendees to gain knowledge and build networks that will help them create transformational economic development within their communities.

shiftyFeatured presenter is entrepreneur and investor Kelli M. Coleman. Kelli is multi-hyphenate with a passion for building business and empowering other women along the way.

As a Detroit native raised in an entrepreneurial family, Coleman had to learn the rules before she could refine them. As a marketing and advertising expert, she spent nearly a decade with GlobalHue, once the largest minority-owned full-service marketing, and communications agency in the nation.

While navigating a career shift after GlobalHue with a desire to lean further into her passions, Coleman and business partner Anika Jackson dreamed up the idea for a reputable and scalable brand of modern nail bars—an elevated and customer-centric experience, a place for self-care and connection, while enjoying a routine beauty treatment. The dream became a reality when The TEN Nail Bar opened in the newly redeveloped downtown Detroit in 2016 and recently their second location opened in 2019.

OKT canning workshop gets rave reviews at BUGS Conference in NYC

OKT peer-educators, Belinda Harrison and Fatima Lee, traveled with OKT’s executive director, Lisa Oliver-King, to New York City Oct. 25 to present a session at the Black Urban Growers (BUGS) conference in New York City.  Ms. Lee created the program, “Canning’s not just for Grannies: Preserving the Harvest” to share basic canning skills with conference participants.

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“Everyone appreciates you all,” emailed Sue Rock, head of a Brooklyn-based nonprofit. “What an amazing workshop — so excited to start making everything, except botulism!”

Click on the links to view  pdfs of the presentation’s PowerPoint and handout.

Post-Halloween pumpkin drive

pIs your Halloween pumpkin starting to rot on your front steps? Ridgemoor Park Montessori and Wormies Vermicompost are partnering on a pumpkin drive. 1.9 billion pounds of pumpkins are grown each year and most end up in landfills. Because of
their high water content, pumpkins in landfills contribute to groundwater contamination. When pumpkins decompose in landfills, they release methane, a harmful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. By composting pumpkins, they’ll be transformed into a nutrient-rich fertilizer that benefits the environment, rather than harming it.

Ridgemoor Park Montessori, along with the help of their upper-elementary students, will be hosting a pumpkin drive on November 7 & 8,  learning firsthand about the composting process with an assembly. Wormies will be partnering with a few other schools in the area to collect pumpkins in early November. For information, contact
Luis Chen at luis@thewormies.com.

Creative Youth Center at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market Saturday 11/2

Southeast Area Farmers’ Market
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Nov. 2 & 9
LINC, Madison Ave. SE just north of Hall St.      cyc
Stock up on fresh local produce!

The Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center (CYC) will be sharing information at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market this Saturday along with the Grand Rapids Fire Department Residential Safety Program and Grand Rapids Public Library “Storytimes.”

The CYC offers after school creative writing programming to Grand Rapids youth (1st graders-High School Seniors) at no cost to families. All programs take place at Jubilee Jobs in the Baxter Community Center. Come join the adventure! Registration for Fall 2 is now open! Fall 2 : November 11 – December 19 – 5 week (NO Class November 25-29).

In all classes students will work to write and edit content for The Book of Explosions, the CYC’s annual anthology of student writing. Students explore various genres and techniques, learning about poetry, narrative, or nonfiction. Students will have the opportunity to share their work in an informal performance at the end of the class term in the classrooms as well as being invited to share their work at an open microphone event at a local business at the end of the term.

Mondays: Afterschool Adventure – 3rd-5th grade – Book Club 4-5 pm, Creative Writing 5-6 pm – 12 total spaces

Wednesdays :

  • Afterschool Adventure – 1st & 2nd grade – Book Club 4-5, Creative Writing 5-6 – 12 total spaces
  • Amplify – Middle School, 4-6 pm at Jubilee Jobs in the Baxter Community Center – 14 total spaces
  • Craft – High School, 6:15pm-7:45pm at Jubilee Jobs in the Baxter Community Center – 10 total spaces

Contact KAIT by email: kait@creativeyouthcenter.org or by phone (616) 458-5505 for information.

The Grand Rapids Fire Department Residential Safety Program and Grand Rapids Public Library Storytime will also be visiting with patrons at the market!

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks’ guide breaks down “Parks, Pools & Playgrounds” proposal

friendsElections are right around the corner! The Friends of Grand Rapids Parks have developed the following guide to help break down the “Parks, Pools & Playgrounds” proposal voters will see on the ballot.

A quick guide to the parks millage proposal

  • This millage would be in place permanently, providing reliable and on-going funding (the parks millage passed in 2013 expires in 2020).
  • The new rate would increase the average homeowner’s payment by about $1.38 per month.
  • If passed, the City will receive $5 million per year to invest in our parks.
  • Funds will be used to continue capital improvements (such as those accomplished through the 2013 millage), keep all GR pools and splash pads open, provide recreational programming, and allow for more consistent maintenance.
  • Friends of Grand Rapids Parks receives no millage funds for its projects or operations – we will still rely on donor support!
  • We will continue to work with residents to identify and recommend improvements to the City and the Parks Advisory Board, which develops the proposed Parks and Recreation budget annually.

Visit Yes GR Parks campaign site for more information. If you’d like to join the advocate for parks and trees, join FGRP at 9:35 a.m. Nov. 2 to help canvas neighborhoods and provide voters with literature about the proposal. More info here.

Has your neighborhood park made huge leaps since the 2013 millage was approved? How do you imagine our city parks transforming? Share your thought by emailing info@friendsofgrparks.org.

Two more weeks to shop the farmers’ market!

Last chance to stock upon clean local produce for winter!

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On Nov. 2, three community partners will be providing information and resources:

Grand Rapids Fire Department Residential Safety Program. The RSP is a voluntary program to prevent fires. The goal is to reduce the number and severity of fires. It offers:

  • Fire safety checks
  • Free smoke alarm upgrades and installations
  • Free carbon monoxide (CO) alarm installations
  • One-on-one fire safety consultation

Grand Rapids Creative Youth Center. CYC offers after school creative writing programming to Grand Rapids youth (1st graders through high school seniors) at no cost to families.

Grand Rapids Public Library “Storytimes” Fun and educational storytimes for children ages birth – 5 years old.