LANSING — The Michigan Economic Development Corp. Friday announced LiveWorkLaunch Grand Rapids, the second in its series of networking events aimed at attracting entrepreneurial college students from around the country and connecting them with the resources they’ll need to create and sustain a successful Michigan business.

This event is not just limited to those interested in entrepreneurship as there is something for everyone at LiveWorkLaunch.

“Michigan is open for business and looking for grads with great ideas, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the drive to get a start-up off the ground,” said Michael Finney, president and CEO of MEDC. “LiveWorkLaunch Grand Rapids will provide an opportunity to find the resources and people to help you reach your goals, create jobs, and grow Michigan’s economy.”

LiveWorkLaunch, based on MEDC’s successful LiveWorkDetroit career networking program, will showcase opportunities available in Michigan for graduates looking to build a business, and connect them to the support and capital required to take an innovative business plan from concept to reality.

LiveWorkLaunch Grand Rapids will take place on Friday, April 19 from noon to 8 p.m. at the Goei Center’s International Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, 818 Butterworth SW in downtown Grand Rapids.

Attendees will hear from industry experts, network at an “Open Office Hours” session with local entrepreneurs, learn what resources are available in the area and meet with some of West Michigan’s most innovative employers including Spectrum Health, Gordon Food Service, Enterprise, State of Michigan and Amway.

The event will include a bus tour of Grand Rapids, highlighting the unique neighborhoods as well as local breweries, distinctive restaurants and farm-to-table dining and local loft housing. The day will conclude with a tour of the Grand Rapids Art Museum exhibition “Design Now in Production.”

Registration is required for the LiveWorkLaunch! Grand Rapids event. The cost for students is $15 and includes transportation to and from Grand Rapids. To learn more and register, visit here:

The MEDC markets the state with a focus on business, talent, jobs and helping to grow the economy. For more on MEDC and its initiatives, visit


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