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A region known for coming together to get things done

Connecting Across Silos

Our region has a long history of converging the business community, local government and the non-profit sector around complicated projects with huge impact.

Start Garden itself is a convergence of a venture capital fund (Wakestream), a 501c3 (Start Garden Foundation) and the Start Garden management company, which holds contracts for the Grand Rapids SmartZone and a consortium of regional enterprise companies within Seamless. Between those entities, our team touches virtually all regional efforts in entrepreneurship. These are some of the organizations and institutions we work with to align around the needs of both existing and future entrepreneurs.

The Start Chart: Regional Support Services

Start Garden’s focus is on the entrepreneur getting started. The work of going from zero to positive cash flow is very different from an established business seeking to grow. Start Garden is about the start and the journey to become esablished.

Visit the Start Chart to navigate different resources that are available in our region for entrepreneurs getting started.

We're also happy help you figure out which ones may be right for where you're at in the journey. Email laurie@startgarden.com for personal assistance.

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Start Chart

Visit the Start Chart to navigate different resources that are available in our region for people starting new businesses.

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