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My Town Holland: Hope College Alumni Association to honor two with Young Alumni Awards

My Town Holland: Hope College Alumni Association to honor two with Young Alumni Awards

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Hope College Alumni Association will honor two graduates with Young Alumni Awards on Thursday, March 27.

The association is recognizing Maxine Gray of Seattle, Wash., who is a 2004 Hope graduate, and Matt Scogin of New York City, who is a 2002 Hope graduate.  The awards will be presented during a dinner at the college’s Haworth Inn and Conference Center at 6 p.m.

The Young Alumni Award was established to honor the talents and contributions that young alumni have made to their professions, their communities and to the college.  The award was first presented in 2007.  Criteria include having been a member of the Alumni Association for 15 or fewer years; notable prominence through professional endeavor, research, volunteerism, and/or involvement with the local or global community or the college; and demonstrating significant initiative by starting innovative service projects, research, businesses or other original enterprises.

My Town Grandville: Trivalent Group makes the cut on CRN's lists

My Town Grandville: Trivalent Group makes the cut on CRN's lists

GRANDVILLE, Mich.-- Trivalent Group, one of Michigan’s largest IT solutions providers, is being recognized as one of the top 100 managed service providers in the world for the fourth consecutive year by MSPmentor.

The Grandville-based firm ranks 73 on this year's list.  The company was also named to CRN’s inaugural MSP 500 list as one of the MSP Elite 150, recognizing large data center-focused solutions providers with a strong mix of on-premise professional services as well as off-premise services.

My Town Kalamazoo: Freebies aplenty during Girfriends Getaway Kalamazoo

My Town Kalamazoo: Freebies aplenty during Girfriends Getaway Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Grab your friends and join Girlfriends Getaway Kalamazoo this weekend for lots of free activities and goodies.

More than two dozen businesses in Kalamazoo will be offering complimentary deals, drinks and food.  Most of the offers run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, but some last all weekend.  For more information, visit the Girlfriends Getaway Kalamazoo website here.

There’s also the Women’s Lifestyle Expo at the Kalamazoo Expo Center, which runs Friday and Saturday.  Admission is $5 for adults.  For more information, visit the event site here.

My Town Kalamazoo: 'Habi Hour' takes over Bell's Brewery Feb. 25

My Town Kalamazoo: 'Habi Hour' takes over Bell's Brewery Feb. 25

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity hopes to mark a fundraising milestone during “Habi Hour” Tuesday, Feb. 25.

The benefit will unfold at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo. Through ticket sales and auctions, organizers hope to raise enough money to build, renovate and repair 12-16 homes this year.

“Habi Hour helps us raise critical funding to support our mission,” said Don Jones, Habitat’s executive director. “This is Habitat’s 31st year of helping qualified local families build, buy, and maintain affordable homes in our community. Wouldn’t it be great if we could raise $31,000 this year?”

Peruvian restaurant opens its doors in Kalamazoo

Peruvian restaurant opens its doors in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A new restaurant dishing up distinct ethnic cuisine is now open in Kalamazoo.

El Inka Peruvian Restaurant opened its doors to the public Wednesday, Feb. 5.  The restaurant is located at 563 N. Drake, across from Hardings. 

In a Facebook post on the eve of the restaurant’s opening, El Inka’s owners wrote, “We have been waiting for this day for over 12 years.”

El Inka is open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday.  The restaurant also offers event catering.  For more information, call (269) 978-2400.

At Home ribbon cutting ceremony Feb. 20

At Home ribbon cutting ceremony Feb. 20

JENISON, Mich.—A new store in Jenison will celebrate its recent opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, Feb. 20.

According to the Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce, the ceremony at At Home comes the same day as the retailer’s Kalamazoo store opens at 4620 Stadium Drive.  The At Home Jenison store is located at 334 Chicago Drive, in the former Target storefront.

At Home opened to shoppers on Jan. 23.  The Home Décor Superstore is operated by Garden Ridge, a Texas-based retail chain.  Store manager Christopher Scholle says At Home is a new store concept for Garden Ridge.

Kalamazoo area companies awarded more than $235K in grants

Kalamazoo area companies awarded more than $235K in grants

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Four Kalamazoo manufacturers are among the ten companies receiving more than $235,000 in job training grants.

The Workforce Development Board for the Kalamazoo-St. Joseph Michigan Works office announced the grants earlier this month.  The funding is aimed at helping companies train for in-demand jobs.

 "Employers in our fine state are struggling to find qualified technical manufacturing employees who have the skill sets to carry us forward. The grant has given us an opportunity to both develop our current staff and hire and grow new employees with the technical ability but not the training they need to be successful in an advanced manufacturing environment," stated Jan Opalewski, of Fabri-Kal, which was awarded $21,000 for training in industrial electricity and programmable controls.

Other grant recipients include: