My name is Mike Burns and I am the Sales Manager for Grand Rapids Popcorn Co. My brother Tony and I are the third generation of family members to work at Grand Rapids Popcorn Co. When ChoiceOne Bank contacted Grand Rapids Popcorn to create a guest blog post I was excited. A chance to share my company with many other business professionals is awesome!
Topics: Commercial Loans
An interview with Jeff Zack, founder and owner of Z Supply LLC.
What is that exciting and unique idea you have burning in your mind? Is it an invention? Is it a way you can help others? Whatever you are passionate about, you can make a difference in West Michigan. The vibrant business-sphere of West Michigan flows through every corner, creating exciting opportunities for growth, but how can we keep entrepreneurial spirit alive in West Michigan and sustain the rapid growth?
I had witnessed the brewing industry evolve from the late 80’s, when the U.S. had hit a low of 44 brewing companies in the entire country, as a few small operators began to sprinkle the landscape. By the time I had become involved in brewing professionally in Germany in 1994, there were a handful of breweries in Michigan. I knew the proprietor at Kalamazoo Brewing, now Bell’s Brewery, and a few others had started by the time I moved “home” from the state of Bavaria, in Germany, in 1996. I had thought about starting a brewery in those days, but was often told “it would never work in West Michigan” at the time and I figured someone would open a German or Bavarian themed brewery in the area. By 2013, despite the local reputation as “Beer City, USA,” no one had done so.