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Orthopaedic Associates of Muskegon is First in West Michigan to Offer Three Joint Procedures Using Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System

Muskegon, Michigan – Orthopaedic Associates of Muskegon (OAM) is pleased to announce they are the first orthopaedic group in West Michigan to offer three different joint replacement procedures using robotic-arm assisted technology. Eight OAM physicians are now certified to perform surgery using Stryker’s Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System. These procedures, which include partial knee, total knee and total hip replacements, are being performed at the Muskegon Surgery Center outpatient surgery facility.


This latest advancement in joint replacement surgery is transforming the way joint replacement procedures are performed. Using a virtual 3D model, the Mako System allows surgeons to develop each patient’s surgical plan pre-operatively, creating a clear plan for how the surgeon will position the implant before entering the operating room. During surgery, the surgeon can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustment while guiding the robotic-arm to execute that plan.


“Mako Technology allows surgeons to place and align joint components with extreme precision, resulting in less post-operative pain, shorter recovery times, and better performance of the joint,” said Orthopaedic Associates of Muskegon CEO Julie Greene. “Ultimately, this is about achieving the best outcome for our patients, so they can get back to doing what they love as soon as possible.


“We are also proud of the fact that so many of our surgeons have chosen to become Mako-certified,” Greene added. “We strive to give patients choices in providers as well as treatment options. Our investment in the Mako System is another example of how people who visit our office know they’ll get the best course of treatment for their individual condition.”


Patients interested in learning more about the benefits of joint replacement using the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System can visit or call l 1-833-OAM-MAKO (1-833-626-6256) to schedule an appointment.


About Orthopaedic Associates of Muskegon
OAM provides orthopaedic surgery, nonsurgical orthopaedic treatments and procedures, and physical medicine and rehabilitation services to the West Michigan community and beyond. We treat disorders and injuries to the shoulder, spine, hip and knee, as well as the extremities – foot/ankle, leg, hand/wrist and elbow. Patients may seek treatment due to a fracture or other type of traumatic bone, joint or muscle injury, nerve pain, arthritic bone deterioration, or a spinal disorder. We use state-of-the-art technology to provide total orthopaedic care – from diagnosis to surgical and nonsurgical intervention, to rehabilitation therapy and wellness.


Contact: Julie Greene, CEO
Orthopaedic Associates of Muskegon
(231) 733-1326/


40 employers are eager to hire the class of 2018; job fair May 1

MUSKEGON: High school seniors throughout Muskegon County will have the opportunity to meet with 40 local employers who are eager to hire during the second annual “Muskegon Made Job Fair.” Last year’s event was standing room only at times. This year’s job fair takes place on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, from 9:00 to 11:15 a.m. and again from 11:45a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center.


Last year over 400 students took part in the event designed by the Career Tech Center, West Michigan Works! and local employers. In addition to Career Tech Center seniors, twelfth grade students from throughout Muskegon County are invited to attend. Many employers will be offering on-site interviews so students are encouraged to come in professional attire and bring at least ten copies of their résumé. Participating students will be coached by the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District’s Career Specialists in preparation for the job fair.


“Our goal is for every student in Muskegon County to have a plan for what they will do after graduation,” shared County Careers Coordinator Bethanie Swier. “The Muskegon Made Job Fair will help these students connect with employers for jobs available right here in Muskegon County.” “Muskegon Made is a local initiative to support Muskegon County students with job shadows, internships, career related events, and career pathway data,” added Swier.


Career fields represented at the job fair include healthcare, manufacturing, human services, hospitality, entertainment, and more. High school students interested in participating are encouraged to speak with their high school guidance counselor to sign up.


For a list of participating employers, video from last year’s event, resume tips, and to register online visit and click on the Senior Job Fair link.


Muskegon County Calendar of Events April 9-16, 2018

Muskegon County Calendar of Events April 9-16, 2018


Click here to view the calendar! 


WMSBF Board of Directors Nominations Now Open


West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum is now seeking candidates for nomination to its Board of Directors for a two-year term. The Board of Directors establishes policies for the care and conduct of the organization and its operations, including those that promote sound planning and fiscal responsibility.


The board meets six times per year.


Responsibilities include:

  • Establish policies for administering programs and services that are in harmony with the mission of the organization. Refrain from becoming involved in operational or administrative detail.
  • Assure leadership of the organization’s fund development efforts.
  • Be a meaningful financial supporter of the organization at the appropriate level.
  • Monitor the financial affairs of the organization to assure that they are conducted in a responsible fashion in accordance with established policy.
  • Monitor the stewardship of the property of the organization in order that it is protected and is properly maintained.
  • Promote the forum in business and the community.
  • Be an active participant in forum programs and events.
  • Plan for the future.

The application form can be found here. Applications due by April 16.


Sustainability Reports Requested for WMSBF Website Redesign


WMSBF is in the process of revamping its website, and would like to share the incredible sustainability progress of its members and partners. 


An important component of membership with WMSBF is the opportunity to share businesses successes in integrating the Triple Bottom Line. As WMSBF redesigns its new website, it is requesting that members share their sustainability reports, so they can be included within member pages on the new site.


Please email sustainability reports to Aaron Bouwkamp at



Muskegon, Mich., April 6, 2018 — Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge is pleased to announce that attorney Samantha Pepprock was named “Best Estate Planning Attorney” in Grand Haven Tribune’s 15th Annual People’s Choice Awards.


For the last 14 years, the Grand Haven Tribune has been giving the West Michigan community the chance to cast their votes for the “Best Of’s in a variety of different categories, everything from the Best of Arts and Entertainment, to Best Breakfast, and everything in between. With over 86,000 votes cast in their process, attorney Samantha Pepprock was voted number one in the category of “Best Estate Planning Attorney.”


Samantha is an attorney in our Muskegon office, joining at the beginning of 2018. After moving to Grand Rapids in 2009 to attend Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School, she returned to her home state of Wisconsin to take the boards and practice immigration law in Milwaukee. She became licensed and served the Milwaukee area until relocating to Grand Haven, Michigan in 2014 where she has been practicing until she joined Smith Haughey. Since moving back to West Michigan, Samantha has expanded her immigration practice to include estate planning, probate, business, and real estate law.


She is now a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Ottawa County Bar Association, Muskegon County Bar Association, all in addition to maintaining her law license with the State Bar of Wisconsin, and being a member of the Non-Resident Lawyers Division of Wisconsin. Samantha can be found at the Muskegon office of Smith Haughey Rice and Roegge, located downtown at 900 Third Street, Suite 204, Muskegon, Michigan 49440.


Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge has been helping our clients overcome challenges and take advantage of opportunities since 1941. With offices in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Holland and Muskegon and more than 60 attorneys and counselors, we offer the most comprehensive legal experience available. For more information about the firm, call 616-774-8000 or visit


2nd Annual Port City Criterium Slated for May 6 in Downtown Muskegon

(Muskegon, MI) – Downtown Muskegon will host the 2nd Annual Port City Criterium on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The .8 mile, closed-circuit course is starting and finishing on Western Avenue in the heart of downtown. The races are shorter than traditional road races. A CRIT offers higher-than-average speeds and much more intensity, making it a fan favorite to watch. The counter-clockwise course has a short kicker and fast finishing stretch. Races are timed for 30, 45 or 60 minutes depending on the category.


NEW to the CRIT is a free women’s pre-race clinic with Pro Cyclist and Olympic Gold Medalist, Mackenzie Woodring at 8:30 am. Raffle prizes and free race entry will be awarded to juniors (ages 10-17), Ladies Cat 5, and Ladies Masters 45+ who attend.


Registration is now open with over $4,000 in cash prizes and medals being offered for many categories and experience levels. There is a limit of 100 riders in most races/categories. USA Cycling rules apply and any unlicensed riders can purchase a one-day Category 5 license to compete.


Categories include: 

  • Junior Men & Women
  • Women (Cat. 3,4,5)
  • Men (Cat. 4,5)
  • Masters 40+/50+
  • Kids Races
  • Masters 30+ (Cat. 1-4)
  • Women (Cat. 1,2,3)
  • Men (Cat. 3,4)
  • Pro (Cat. 1,2,3)


Whether an experienced competitor or new to racing, the course provides the best of both worlds. Downtown businesses are partnering to create an exciting atmosphere for both spectators and competitors. Viewers will be able to walk along the boundaries of the race track as the cyclists race by on the course. A Cinco de Mayo “race packet pick-up” party is planned on May 5 for racers and fans featuring pizza from Top Shelf, award-winning craft beer from Pigeon Hill Brewing, and raffle prizes.




  • Kids Races – Free
  • Women (Cat. 3,4,5) – $25
  • Men (Cat. 4,5) – $25
  • All other categories – $35
  • Second Race – $15
  • $20 late fee day of registration




Muskegon Convention & Visitors Bureau

610 W. Western Avenue

Muskegon, MI 49440


Start Times Range: 


  • 8:30 am – 3:30 pm


For more information or volunteer details, visit Major sponsors include Staples, Core Realty Partners, Nichols, Ignite, Velocity, Michelob Ultra, The Mart Dock, Meijer, Pro Med, Tyler Sales, Pigeon Hill Brewing, City Hub Cyclery, and Rock-n-Road Cycle.


ThrivePOP Certified By the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council as an official Woman Owned Business Enterprise

[Muskegon, MI]—April 3, 2018—ThrivePOP, a business specializing in Website Development and Marketing Services and Support, located in Muskegon, MI is proud to announce national certification as a Women’s Owned Business Enterprise by the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).


“WBENC was instrumental in assisting me with the certification process, and guiding me with the proper documentation and attention to detail that is required to obtain this certification. This certification will help me grow my business into arenas that I would not normally have opportunities in. I am proud to be recognized as on Official Woman Owned Business,” states Michele Ringelberg


WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by the Great Lakes Business Council is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.
By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs.


About ThrivePOP:
ThrivePOP is an innovative Digital Marketing Agency that specialized in website development and marketing services for small to medium sized businesses and is located in Muskegon, Michigan but services companies nationwide. ThrivePOP’s specialty is build amazing websites, driving quality traffic that converts into leads for businesses. To learn more about ThrivePOP, please visit


About WBENC:
Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leader in women’s business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 13,000 certified Women’s Business Enterprises, 14 national Regional Partner Organizations, and over 300 Corporate Members. More than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands as well as many states, cities, and other entities accept WBENC Certification. For more information, visit


Contact: Michele Ringelberg


Muskegon Winter Sports Complex Launches DUNEiversity

MUSKEGON, Mich.- The Lake Michigan sand dunes are more than 3,000 years old, but there’s something new in the sand dunes around Muskegon State Park.


The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex is launching its first year-round program with a DUNEiversity, an educational program that teaches team building as well as environmental awareness and how to stay active and healthy outdoors.


Groups ranging from elementary students, to sports teams, to corporate leadership teams can arrange a private reservation to spend a day in the sand dunes with a facilitator learning and developing team skills.


The program uses experiential learning as a way of teaching, where both kids and adults are taught how to work together as a team through playing games and adventuring  in the outdoors. Each game is followed up with a period of reflection facilitated by a DUNEiversity staff member.


“Last summer we beta tested the program with kids from local schools and some local businesses like the Community Foundation and Holiday Inn managers,” said Bill Bailey, DUNEiversity’s Adventure Planner.


“What we found is adults have just as much fun playing outdoors and can learn just as much as any kid can. You’re never too old to play and learn,” said Bailey


The program will be in place year-round and groups interested in participating can work with DUNEiversity staff to set goals and arrange an outing.


The Winter Sports Complex is operated by the Muskegon Sports Council, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Last spring the organization announced plans to develop a zip line canopy tour and other year-round attractions. A portion of the plan was crowd funded last fall and construction will begin later this year.


“DUNEiversity will play a big role in advancing our mission into year-round activities,” said Jim Rudicil,” Executive Director of the Muskegon Sports Council.


“We want to make Muskegon County a healthier place and we believe we’ll reach that goal by working with our local teachers and employers to get more students and working class individuals active in the outdoors through team building,” said Rudicil.


DUNEiversity has already booked school field trips and corporate team building reservations for this spring. After memorial day the program will also offer summer day camps for kids and paddling classes. Teams who wish to make a reservation can start working with a DUNEiversity Adventure Planner at their website,


Artists Invited to Participate in Kayak Sculpture Public Art Project

Application Deadline – Friday, April 20

Muskegon, Michigan – The Lakeshore Art Festival, in partnership with the Muskegon Museum of Art and the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, is organizing an exhibition of public art in Downtown Muskegon for the summer of 2018.  Artworks will incorporate a real kayak and will be on display beginning July 5. All artists 18 years or older are invited to submit an application to participate in the project no later than Friday, April 20.


Accepted artists will receive a $500 stipend and a kayak with stand. Kayaks are being provided by KL Outdoor, the world’s largest kayak manufacturer, which recently chose to locate their corporate headquarters in Muskegon.


Designs must measure no more than eleven feet high and six feet wide and must be weather resistant with all sculptural elements securely attached to the kayak. Artists will also be responsible for picking up their kayak between May 1-4 and delivering their completed sculpture no later than June 25. Artists can also elect to make their sculpture available for sale.


Click here ( to view the detailed application form. There is an application fee of $35. Artists may contact Suzanne Velarde with questions at or call (616) 402-1625.


This project is made possible by Signature Sponsor KL Outdoor.


The Lakeshore Art Festival is always the first Friday and Saturday in July and will take place July 6 and 7, 2018. The Lakeshore Art Festival features a unique blend of 300+ fine art and craft exhibitors, street performers, specialty food booths, interactive art stations, Children’s activities and so much more in beautiful Downtown Muskegon, Michigan. Local businesses interested in supporting this locally and nationally recognized festival through sponsorship can contact Carla Flanders at For more information visit


Other ways to get involved

Volunteer for the Lakeshore Art Festival

A unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food and fun along the shoreline in historic Downtown Muskegon. More than 300 artists and crafters will be showcased with fine art in the park, crafts, children’s activities and Michigan food market – all wrapped up in a huge downtown street party atmosphere!   Come out and join us on July 6th,  and July 7th, 2018.

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Join Watch Muskegon

Muskegon has more to offer than ever before. Join the conversation, movement and Watch Us Go!

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