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Friends of GRPS Speakers Bureau

Check out the awesome event I was able to be a part of! Many thanks to Jonathan Jelks for involving me!

"We kicked off the "Friends of GRPS" Speakers Bureau at Ottawa Hills Highschool last Friday. The Speakers State Rep. Brandon Dillon , Hip Hop Artist Willie the Kid (OHHS Alum), Entrepreneur Benjamin Edgar, & Non-Profit Activist Ms. Kristian Simone Grant, had an open dialogue with students where ideas were exchanged about the secret to success, & how taking full advantage of your educational opportunities are the foundation to being a productive adult. Check out this footage courtesy of Stella Fly Media!

I was so excited to be a part of this event!

Back in Business

What’s the Word West Michigan

We’ve taken a few weeks off launch Sydney’s Boutique ( but we are back in full effect!

We know what’s next: a fresh edition of ‘What’s the Word West Michigan’! There is definitely plenty to get into this weekend!


The Mane Event: At the BOB tonight hair stylists will battle it out to win the crown for top stylist. Based on creativity and difficulty the audience and judges will choose who is best. $5 proceeds go to the Helen DeVos Childrens Hospital.

Sense of Wine a new venue in GR will be hosting a Grand Opening Event, over the weekend from 11am-6pm free wine sampling will be available!

 Sense of Wine: Grand Rapids’ Most Haunted Travel around Grand Rapids with others on a hunt to find the most haunted in GR. Discover secrets and roam the streets. All equipment is provided, the event is $27


GR .1K: This event is a run we all can join in on. Beginning at McFaddens at 12pm and ending at Hopcat at 12:05. For $25 you can join the festivities and get a tshirt with two drink tickets to help you last throughout this grueling run. Proceeds go to research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Bras Across the Grand: In honor of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer the American Cancer Society is going for the Guiness World Record of most bras strung together. Help them out with this!!


Burton & W3 Fashion Show: Hosted at Eve in the BOB this event will be a night of fashion and extreme fun. Plenty of prizes and drink specials will be in effect while Burton & Wind, Waves and Wheels showcases what you can expect from them! Cover is free until 12am for 21+, the show starts at 9:30

See ya out and about!

Entrepreneur’s Night Out

I’ve been talking about a party bus for a while and it is quickly approaching! Fall is one of the greatest season’s here in West Michigan so we’d like to take advantage!

Saturday, October 29th a group full of young professionals and entrepreneur’s will meet for appetizers at Sydney’s Boutique (1258 Madison SE) and then head out together onto a luxurious party bus for an out of town night of fun. While on the bus networking is encouraged as each party goer receives a take away bag full of treats and business cards from each person along for the ride. Beverages will also be provided during the ride. Once we arrive to our out of town destination we will visit two spots. The first place is a jazz club where you can meet other professionals and have fun before we head to one of Lansing’s hottest clubs for VIP treatment. Special prizes will be given throughout the night to compliment an evening full of connections and fun.

I can’t wait to enjoy this fun night. Ticket cost is $50 which includes food, drinks for the night, transportation, club and VIP entry, and take away gifts.

Seating is limited for this event because we would like to provide an intimate setting.

Hope to see you there! Below are the details

Date: Oct 29th

Contact: You can call 616-304-9187 for ticket information or pick them up at Sydney’s Boutique Tuesday-Saturday from 12-7pm.

Cost: $50


8-9pm Appetizers and Mingling at Sydney’s Boutique

9-10pm Networking and drinks while being transported to destination #1

10pm-11:30pm Destination #1 Lansing jazz spot Club 621

12-2am Destination #2 Xcel Nightclub where a VIP area will be prepared for the group

2am-3am Return trip to Sydney’s Boutique

Fun With the Shelley Irwin Crew

Today I had the very cool opportunity of stopping by the Shelley Irwin Morning Show to talk about the non-profit I am active with R.E.A.A.L. ( or ) for their Your Biz, Your Town segment.

I will say I had a blast, Shelley is has always been hilarious anytime I’ve seen her as a host and Kim Bode who actually invited me to the show is an angel!

I was pleased to meet the other great guests for today’s segment the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute and everyone’s favorite Kids Food Basket. If you are looking for a way to stay connected and find out about the happenings here I would definitely say tuned into 88.5 fm for this show! I learned all about the upcoming Rhythm Run and all the ArtPrize events happening to raise funds for Kids Food Basket!

Here’s a link to the wrap up that Kim wrote for today’s show:

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