An Event on March 09, 2015:

Generations Coffee



Our growth committee members will host five Generations coffee conversations in 2015. Limited to current and future Lakeshore Advantage investors, the conversations will take an inside look at these incredible leaders and their hopes for our region’s future.  Moderated by co-chairs Bruce Los & Jenny Los-White.

March 9, 2015 @ 7:30 am | Featuring:  Chelsea & Leslie Brown + Jim & Scott Brooks 

Careerline Tech Center  MAP
13663 Port Sheldon Street
Holland, MI 49424


March 31, 2015 @ 7:30 am | Featuring: Dick & Matt Haworth

Haworth MAP
One Haworth Way
Holland, MI


April 13, 2015 @ 7:30 am | Featuring:  Pat & PJ Thompson + Jim, Travis & Jordan Vander Kolk

Royal Technologies MAP
3765 Quincy Street
Hudsonville, MI


May 5, 2015 @ 7:30 am | Featuring: Mike & Rob Jandernoa + Erik & Craig Hall

Grand Rapids coLab MAP
38 West Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI


June 8, 2015 @ 7:30 am | Featuring: John & Scott Spoelhof

Boys & Girls Club of Holland   MAP
435 Van Raalte Avenue
Holland, MI 

Call: 616.772.5226 Email:  

Each event is limited to 50 registrants


An Event on March 11, 2015:

SBIR and STTR Training Program

SBIR and STTR Training Program

March 11, 2015

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute,

242 Howard Ave., Holland, Mich (Map)

Join SBIR/STTR expert, Michael Kurek, partner, BBCetc., for this introduction to the governement's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which offer more than $2.4 billion in high-risk, non-dilutive capital available to innovative small companies.

Attendees will learn about program basics including eligibility, selecting the right agency and key components of a competitive proposal. Michael will also cover details of the types of projects funded by NIH, NSF and DOD, and the unique requirements of each.

About Michael Kurek, PhD, Partner, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting

Michael has held senior management positions in marketing, sales and business development for a number of life science companies—two of which completed successful initial public stock offerings on the NASDAQ exchange. He was also Vice President of Business Development for the Michigan Center for High Technology, where he was responsible for the business incubator program that served over 50 start-up technology companies. Over his 30-year career, Michael has demonstrated success on an international scale in defining new product opportunities, developing sales and marketing strategies, and recruiting and managing teams to deliver growth. He holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from Florida State University and an M.B.A. from Boston University. He joined BBC in 2001 as a Principal Consultant.

Registration required. Seminar complimentary.

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An Event on March 26, 2015:

Lean Enterprise Summit: Design and Innovate like a Startup

Lean Enterprise Summit: Design and Innovate like a Startup

Thursday, March 26, 2015

1:30 PM - 7:00 PM (Registration begins at 1:00 PM)

Start Garden / 40 Pearl St. NW / Grand Rapids, MI  49503 (Directions)

It’s time to start breaking down the walls and silos hindering innovation and growth in your business. What if your company could think and act like an entrepreneurial startup again?

By attending the LEAN ENTERPRISE SUMMIT, you’ll learn the methodologies, tools and structures of today’s largest corporations and how they use them to drive innovation and design thinking throughout their business. You’ll hear from some of the industry’s leading experts on lean enterprise thinking. If you started 2015 resolute to be a quicker, more agile and innovative company, you can’t miss this summit.

Register Here