Inventors-Entrepreneurs-Events & More!


January 22, 2018

Here’s what we’ve got coming up this week:

Happy Hour & Fundraising with Grand Angels & NetCapital
Panel with two West Michigan companies who are currently raising rounds
Wednesday4:00PM at Start Garden

100 Ideas Pitch Event at Reservoir Lounge
Pitch your idea for a free beer and a free t-shirt!
Thursday4:00PM at Reservoir Lounge

And for those of you who are out on the lakeshore…


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Muskegon Inventors Network’s Meeting 
Paving the Way for the Future

Listen to Jim TenBrink talk about his business development & marketing experiences!


TIME:  January 24th,  6-8PM
• 6-6:30PM            Networking
• 6:30 – 8:00 PM   Program
PLACE: Muskegon Innovation Hub
AND:  Food and drink provided!

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An entrepreneur at heart and company visionary, Jim TenBrink spear-heads business development & marketing efforts at Encoris Group Corporation, a fast-growing medical company located in Holland, Michigan.  Hear his story and learn more about their success and challenges as a startup and how they used the economic development resources of Michigan to forge ahead.


SURGE Entrepreneurial Meetup
Low key meetup for entrepreneurial-minded people out on the lakeshore!
Thursday4:30PM – 6:30PM in Holland

Have a great week, everyone!

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Starting a Business & Writing a Business Plan (No cost)

January 23rd 6:00pm

This course is designed for individuals who are considering self-employment, or who may be at the beginning stages of starting a business. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning are introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.
200 Viridian Dr. Muskegon, MI | View in Calendar

Writing A Business Plan – Webinar (No cost)

January 24th 11:00am

Do you want to launch or grow your business in 2018? Join us as we guide you through researching and writing each piece of a successful business plan. This webinar is designed for entrepreneurs who are looking to write a business plan for the first time, or already have a plan they would like to improve. We’ll walk you through about 40 minutes of the most important tools and information to use when writing a successful business plan, pausing for audience questions and feedback along the way.
Online | View in Calendar

Fundraising & Happy Hour with Grand Angels & Netcapital (Free)

January 24th 4:00pm

Fundraising used to start with knowing the right people. At Netcapital, it starts with the people you know.Join Start Garden and Grand Angels for a happy hour to learn about Netcapital, an online funding portal that helps companies raise money from the community. Event will include a panel on fundraising and presentations from two West Michigan companies who are currently raising rounds. Drinks and networking to follow.Learn more here:
Start Garden | 40 Pearl NW #200 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | View in Calendar

Using QuickBooks to Successfully Manage Your Business

January 24th 6:00pm

Join us for a QuickBooks boot camp. QuickBooks Online has many features and advantages that QuickBooks Desktop does not offer. You will learn how to: Navigate QuickBooks Online. Export QuickBooks desktop data to QuickBooks Online. Record transactions and create reports. Complete some of the step-by-step workflows in QuickBooks Online. This workshop is interactive. We ask that you bring your laptop fully charged. Each participant will receive a QuickBooks Online manual and a 30% discount to order QuickBooks Online.
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100 Ideas Pitch Event at Reservoir Lounge (Free)

January 25th 4:00pm

Join Start Garden our 100 Ideas pitch event! In January, Start Garden announced the launch of the 100 Ideas program with a consortium of banks as a no-strings-attached way to fund people to take a shot at new endeavors each year. It’s a community-wide investment in the businesses and organizations of tomorrow. Come and pitch your idea at this live event! Don’t hold back. Take a chance on yourself. Until April 10, anyone can submit a 100-second pitch from anywhere, in any language.
Reservoir Lounge, 11418 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505 | View in Calendar

SURGE Entrepreneurial Meetup (Free)

January 25th 4:30pm

Kick off the new year with SURGE and be the first to hear about our upcoming events and new resources that will give your startup the boost it needs to reach its next milestone. This event is a low key, intimate, meetup for entrepreneurial-minded people. Whether you work within a company or you’re starting your own, come share your stories, struggles, and successes with people who think like you. A local SURGE company, Pieces of Me, will be hosting the event at their downtown Holland location. A meal will be provided along with drinks and sides. Come be a part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem here on the Lakeshore.
35 1/2 W. 8th St. Ste 8 | View in Calendar

Upcoming Events:


5×5 Night Muskegon

January 30th 5:00pm
Muskegon Innovation Hub, 200 Viridian Drive, Muskegon, MI 49440