Seeds resident-owned businesses:

  • Re-starting a service business that helps inmates sustain effective relationships with family and friends by helping the inmates deliver gifts with personal messages.  The prior informal launch produced greater market acceptance than could be handled with its structure.  The re-start is designed as a cash-based business that can increase response capacity with market acceptance.
  • Re-starting a culinary school that served urban young adults and prison-based returning citizens – helping a newly located Seeds resident to restart a culinary school that is based in Grand Rapids.  Currently, there is a lead corporate sponsor involved who has started scheduling the school’s start-up.

Seeds-owned and partnered businesses:

  • Online used book sales – transforming multiple no-cost sources of high value used books into revenue to help support SCUSE’s operations.  Using an AARP Foundation grant and SCUSE’s Program Manager to staff the operation launch and early growth.
  • Urban Housing Indexing & community development planning system – During the summer of 2016, a team of residents supported by Grand Valley State University completed an indexing of each parcel of property in the Seeds neighborhood, then processed the data and developed a database and reporting system that is already being valued by public and private community developers.  This system is being prepared to launch as a Seeds-based consulting service for community developers within and beyond Michigan.
  • CopToons – partnered with retired police and fire department officers to produce the initial series release of a coloring story book that is designed to empower urban youth and local officers to build positive relationships.  Launching CopToons’ demonstration in a neighborhood-based Boys and Girls Club.  Introducing the opportunity for retail organizations to create a self-funding marketing strategy with measurable impact for urban youth is next on the agenda.