For over 15 years, Signs with Design has developed a strong and loyal customer base throughout the Rockford and West Michigan areas. We take great pleasure in working with and supporting many non-profit organizations, as well as new businesses that need to hit the ground running with the basics like a new logo, business cards, and all of their signage needs.
Owner Alexis Ader, a creative graphic designer, has over 20 years of experience in the sign making industry. She takes pride in her work, strives for perfection, and wants to help you put your best foot forward with attention-grabbing signage and materials.
Our mission is simple: Provide quality custom signs at competitive prices with excellent customer service.
Alix moved to West Michigan for a job transfer in 1991 and has never looked back. Grand Rapids became her new home and she loves it here.
Alix learned some things when she bought her house in Forest Hills in 2001. First of all, she learned that treating her home buyers and sellers as she would like to be treated would be the underpinning of her work as a real estate agent. Alix added to this her 20+ years of business-to-business industrial sales experience and developed a philosophy for working with clients that allows her to help them move smoothly through the negotiations of the buying and selling process.
Her goal is premium customer service for her clients. This includes providing them with well researched Informed Buyer’s and Seller’s Information Packages to assist them in making the decisions that are right for them.
To assure that she is always up to the minute on current trends and practices in real estate, Alix continually seeks out sources of information and credentials. Consequently, she is an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and has earned the Graduate Realtor ® Institute’s GRI designation. The latter required 90+ credit hours of education. In January 2014, Alix earned her Associate Broker license.
On the personal side, she has experience as a volunteer police officer, and enjoys beading jewelry for herself and as gifts for friends and relatives. Her idea of relaxing is to take a walk or curl up with a cat and a good book.
When you are ready to buy or sell a property, “Ask for Alix” and get ready for a great real estate experience!
Her full profile can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/alix-criswell-31b34ba/
Her website is Alix Criswell – https://askforalix.com/
Patriot Realty http://www.patriot-realty.net
Dawnese began her professional career as a Junior High School English teacher, but quickly turned entrepreneur for more freedom and flexibility as she became a Mom. Starting, building and selling businesses (restaurant, retail, publications and direct sales) for over 20 years, she’s now turned her experience into opportunities to share with others.
As a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher, and Speaker, Dawnese helps facilitate individual and organizational growth. Dawnese’s strength is to facilitate change with the least amount of pain as possible. Often called a “catalyst for change,” Dawnese has found success in helping small businesses and non-profit organizations create and execute plans for growth. Through training and coaching, she assists individuals and organizations in maximizing their influence and impact. She is also using her experience to help grow the Business Speakers Bureau – a Grand Rapids based business – which strives to exceed expectations for providing quality speakers and entertainers for events across the US and internationally. The BSB goes above and beyond booking the talent for you, they walk you through from the beginning (assessing your event goals) all the way to the final applause.
In her “spare time”, you will find Dawnese teaching and mentoring youth, serving on community boards, planning fundraising events, or developing programs to support businesses, individuals, and families.
Debbi’s current passion for Wheels to Work and GoLux have allowed her to fulfill the needs of West Michigan’s employers and job seekers. Transportation is no longer a barrier to work. Wheels to Work and GoLux are expanding into additional counties in Michigan and elsewhere.
Wheels to Work is a ride-to-work program for those with transportation barriers or for those looking for reliable and affordable transportation. GoLux is an affordable chauffeured driven travel experience that is also handicap accessible.
Debbi Coleman has been involved with community projects most of her adult life. She has been instrumental with developing programs such as; West Michigan Community Health Check, a free senior medical assessment program, Community and Outreach Programs for the University of Michigan, setting up the University of Michigan’s Quality Improvement Programs and expos, and currently Hope Network’s Wheels to Work and GoLux transportation initiatives.
Debbi has presented on a national level regarding Customizing Hiring for Employers and Incorporating a Diverse Human Capital, in addition to Hiring Those with Criminal Histories or Disabilities. Debbi has been recognized for her efforts by winning the National Quality in Human Resource Practice Award from CUPA.
Representing Wheels to Work and GoLux
Dr. Brush is the founder of Heaven at Home Pet Hospice. She is a graduate of Kalamazoo College (BA) and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at Michigan State University. As a practicing vet since 1998, she became involved in the movement toward in-home palliative care and euthanasia, beginning with her own 17-year-old rescue dog, Herkemer. Through her personal experience, she became a passionate advocate for peaceful at-home traditions. She is a member of the International Association for Animal Hospice & Palliative Care, the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA), the MVMA, the WMVMA and the West Michigan Academy of Small Animal Practitioners (WMASAP).
Dr. Phinney is the only locally certified Wellness Champion for Grand Rapids. He has trained and competed as a professional rugby player at both national and international levels. This experience gave him a deeply personal understanding of the power behind optimal eating, thinking and moving for better health. He has taken this experience as an elite athlete into the business world, training many corporate and occupational athletes. His clinical excellence and genuine concern for others helps his patients stay in good health, with a winning edge in their life.
The Wellness Champions are a national non-profit organization of health care professionals who bring wellness to the workplace and champion the belief that health is an employee’s responsibility.
Gwyn Harnish is a Certified Financial Marketing Professional and the Vice President of Marketing for United Bank of Michigan. A graduate of Davenport University, she has over thirty years of experience in banking and is proud to work for a local community bank. Gwyn is passionate about financial literacy and volunteers with Junior Achievement and Habitat for Humanity. Gwyn believes that a positive and supportive environment for networking and information sharing is vital to both personal and professional success.
United Bank of Michigan, which has served West Michigan since 1887, is committed to excellence in the delivery of a wide array of financial services, including mortgage lending, commercial lending, insurance and investments. The locally owned and operated bank has 11 full-service locations. Because United Bank is based here in West Michigan, we know our customers and what they need in a bank. From checking and savings accounts, to online and mobile services and home loans, our friendly financial experts are here to help you succeed! Sure, we’ve grown since 1887, but we’re still small enough to know your name when you come in the door, and we still believe that our success depends on your success.
J.R. Muller is locally a well known “Futurist”, and with a large social following with over 15 years of experience in IT working in the web design world and as a CIO for manufacturing companies in West Michigan. He will share his wide knowledge base of technology coming in the future and how it will effect your business.
In 2015, J.R. left the corporate world, and is now running his own technology firm. He has studied the latest trends coming in the future for business and technology and shares his insights through his social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. With over 20,000 local followers J.R. has become a great local West Michigan resource for talking and consulting about technology and specifically how it can be implemented in your business.
J.R.’s firm West Michigan Technology and Design Solutions (WMTDS.com) office’s are based out of Byron Center, MI. Currently WMTDS serves approximately 250 local businesses website needs, and provides IT support for around 85 local companies for offsite or onsite IT Support. J.R. also works to help companies evaluate their company IT needs for the future to develop a plan. WMTDS is a ‘Local First” network member whose slogan is “We Speak Human”
You can find out more about J.R. Muller, his company, and his social media feeds, at his personal landing page – http://www.JRMuller.com
Jenn Maksimowski is a Media Planner with the Grand Rapids Business Journal. She helps her clients create campaigns that sell. Jenn is a dedicated and innovative leader with a proven track record in leadership, management, communication, training, mentoring, sales and business development.
No other medium in the marketplace can deliver your advertising message to more decision-makers than the combined power of the Business Journal’s print and online newspapers. As the business news leader in Grand Rapids for 32 years, the Business Journal’s reach is vast, readership loyal and has proven results.
1676 Viewpond Dr SE #7B,
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
expertIT is a local, family-owned firm that specializes in providing IT support to small businesses throughout West Michigan. Our team has over 20 years of experience in providing businesses with cost-effective, efficient and easy to manage IT solutions in a wide variety of industries.
We understand the unique challenges small businesses face and we excel at finding cost effective solutions that will increase productivity and minimize ongoing costs. We offer managed services as well as a flexible, pay as you go model – many businesses don’t need computer support every day so we’re here when you need us and you aren’t paying us when you don’t.
Finding an IT service provider that is a good fit for your business is critical. With expertIT, you can feel confident knowing that qualified technicians will manage your network professionally and reliably. With less downtime and fewer disruptions, you will have peace of mind and can concentrate on your business. We focus on your technology so your staff can focus on what they do best – serving your customers.
You have a business to run – we’ll handle the technology you need to do it without contracts or long-term commitments. Just the personal service you deserve!
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The Flying Locksmiths is a full service physical security service and solutions provider. We have expertise in both commercial and residential physical security. We service any hardware on a door and the door itself. We also provide access control, intercom and camera systems.
Our location, in the heart of West Michigan, is designed to serve our clients in Grand Rapids, Rockford, Holland, Muskegon or Kalamazoo.
We are part of a national locksmith company that is built on principles of hard work and family values that have not changed since the business began in 1946. The company’s mission is to provide top of the line security, utilizing new technologies, that will keep companies in West Michigan ahead-of-the-curve in securing their place of business. At the Flying Locksmiths of West Michigan, we have chosen to partner with the largest security hardware provider in the country, so you can do business with people from your community but have access to the most comprehensive inventory available in the country. Being part of a national franchise means we can offer you the benefit of large group pricing and services, through the hands of local leadership.
2215 Oak Industrial Drive NE, Suite 116
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Ray is an executive coach and team trainer. He works with individual clients to see them experience unprecedented personal renewal and professional breakthrough. He opens doors for teams to go to their next-level in health, alignment, and productivity.
Rose concentrates her practice in the areas of corporate and business law, estate planning, probate and bankruptcy. In recent years, Rose has focused her estate planning practice on serving the special needs community and helping people with disabilities and their families to achieve the maximum level of independence while preserving public benefits and planning to enhance their quality of life. Coonen Law, PLLC is committed to personal service and advocacy while providing legal services in a cost-effective manner.
Rose has practiced law in the West Michigan area since 2004 and is actively involved in the community. She has served on various non-profit boards in the past and currently serves on the board of The King’s Table Ministries. Rose is also an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University teaching business law.
Corporate Color Graphics has been in West Michigan for more than 30 years. We’re a full-service branding and signage company that can design, print, fabricate, and install almost any signage from vinyl decals to large installations. Ultimately, we provide creative branding solutions no matter the application and audience. We have the best technology and talent available, and love building relationships with our clients to make them look awesome.
Williamson Employment Services, Inc. has been in business for over 26 years. They have 2 offices in Grand Rapids, 1 in St Joseph, and 1 in South Bend, IN. They are a Certified Women Owned Business and are family owned and operated. Summer took over as Branch Manager in 2017 and will be celebrating 9 years with the company in May 2018. She strives to offer the highest quality customer service and professionalism in her position, and envelops the company’s slogan of “Placing People First” in all the work she does.
Summer is a Certified Staffing Professional through the American Staffing Association, which Williamson Employment Services is a member of. She started in the staffing industry in 2009 at Williamson, and has held various roles within the company until settling in to her most recent role as Branch Manager. Previous to this, she worked in the medical industry.
Summer is also a mother to 3 daughters. She coaches Little League Softball through Pinery Park, and also plays Competitive Adult Co-Ed Softball. She has been in the Wyoming area for over 8 years now, and couldn’t imagine raising her kids in any other community.
Yelena Wells is a Digital Marketing Strategist at Elite One Media. She has a passion for helping businesses develop and grow their marketing strategies. Through Elite One Media, she offers a wide range of internet marketing services including graphic design, web design, social media marketing, Google Street View virtual tours, 360° marketing and Search Engine Optimization. The marketing strategies she implements keep businesses competitive, credible, and connected in the digital world.
Elite One Media creates compelling branding, beautiful graphics and responsive websites for your business. Elite One Media develops customized social media platforms for your audience through creative and engaging content management and distribution. Elite One Media creates and maintains Google business listings and improves local SEO with virtual reality content through Google Street View technology. Please contact Yelena Wells for your online marketing consultation.