It's Beginning to feel a Lot Like Fall

It’s that time again! Your Biz, Your Town with Shelley Irwin and 834 Design & Marketing (that was said in our best TV announcer voice ‘Come On Down’).

Every month, we round up some of west Michigan’s finest to share their story and general awesomeness with you. What you do with it from there…is up to you. However we enthusiastically encourage you to get involved, get out there and attend some of these amazing events!

In case you forgot, which I am sure you did not, Your Biz Your Town is on every 4th Friday at 9:00 a.m. on 88.5 FM – WGVU. We captivate the audience with our wit, charm and engaging sense of humor…it is true.

So today, we have the best ever guests (as always).

Keiffer & Friends Pit Bull Rescue

First off, any organization dedicated to saving dogs definitely has our vote. Keiffer and Friends Pit Bull Rescue is dedicated to a very special breed of the furry variety, pit bulls. They are cute, cuddly and often mislabeled as a vicious breed. Pit bulls started to gain more national attention when Cesar Milan better known as the Dog Whisperer came out in support and defense of this lovable companion. Milan says in his blog: The various pit bull breed bans are decried by animal control officials as “the most concentrated legal assault on a pit bull they can recall,” as well as “canine racism.” The Houston Chronicle quotes unnamed officials as placing the blame for the problem squarely on humans. Read more:

So what can you do? Well, for one..give our friends at Keiffer & Friends Pit Bull Rescue some love. Donate to their cause of saving this ill-represented breed and spread the word that pit bulls need our love and support. Get involved here.

Just a side note, team 834 is hosting a happy hour to celebrate our new friends at Keiffer & Friends Pit Bull Rescue on October 18th, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Full details here.

Patagonia, Pints & Parks

Grab your gal or guy and head over to Gazelle Sports to stock up and save 20% on great Patagonia apparel. You care about the environment, Patagonia does too – sounds like a perfect match to us!

“Try it and Win” – Anyone who tries apparel and shoes will be entered to win $250 in Patagonia apparel plus a pair of shoes!

Enjoy complimentary appetizers and wine from Terra GR and beer from Brewery Vivant. Donate $5 to the Kent County Parks Foundation and receive a Patagonia stainless steel Klean Kanteen pint (limited to the first 50 guests).

RSVP here.

Event Details:

Thursday, October 3, 6-9 pm

Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids, 3930 28th Street SE

… and fall in love with your Kent County Parks. All month long, Patagonia will donate $10 to the Kent County Parks Foundation for each pair of Patagonia shoes purchased. Give back to your parks by making a donation or volunteering. Learn more at

Mentor Hub – West Michigan Public Relations Society of America

The West Michigan Public Relations Society of America is continuing a program called, Mentor Hub for business professionals to offer career counsel, knowledge, and wisdom to those students from local colleges and universities looking to make their career in communications.

October 2, 2013 will kick-off with an event that will entertain a unique start to pairing mentors and mentees. This event will allow potential mentors and mentees to be acquainted before being paired after the event. Mentors do not need to be members of WMPRSA, but must work in the communications field in order to participate.


Email by Monday, September 30th at Midnight w/ “Mentor Hub Mixer” in the subject line. Please attach a copy of your most recent resume.

Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided. Cost is free.  More details are available on the WMPRSA Facebook page.

As always, thanks to all of our amazing guests and tune in October 25th when we present you with more amazing west Michigan businesses. Interested in telling your story on Your Biz Your Town? Get a hold of us at

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