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Rooks|Sarnicola Entrepreneur Institute and Lakeshore Fab Lab Grand Opening June 1

The grand opening of the Rooks|Sarnciola Entrepreneur Institute and the Lakeshore Fab Lab at 388 W. Clay in the heart of downtown Muskegon is set for Friday, June 1, when the public is invited to attend a noontime ceremony.


Doors open at 11 a.m. and the event begins at noon in Muskegon Community College’s Sturrus Technology Center, which encompasses both the Rooks|Sarnicola Entrepreneur Institute and the Lakeshore Fab Lab.


David Stradal, chair of the MCC Business Department and the Entrepreneurial Studies Program, will welcome the guests. Speakers include MCC Provost and Executive Vice President John Selmon and Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce President Cindy Larson.


Also speaking will be:

  • Entrepreneur Richard Kraft, MCC Class of 1949, who along with his wife, Ann, generously donated a Rapid Prototype Center in the Lakeshore Fab Lab that contains 12 CAD stations, Stratasys high and midrange 3D printers, and a 3D scanner.
  • Jon Rooks, who donated the former Masonic Temple building to MCC; and
  • Nick and Ashley Sarnicola, entrepreneurs with West Michigan ties who endowed an annual cash prize to recognize and foster entrepreneurial excellence at the Institute.

MCC President Dale K. Nesbary, who will be in Europe during the grand opening, will offer live closing remarks via Skype.


Following the formal ribbon cutting ceremonies, the public will be invited to tour the facilities and view informative videos.


Lakeshore Fab Lab


The Lakeshore Fab Lab is a state-of-the-art entrepreneurial hub located in the heart of downtown Muskegon. Supported and managed by Muskegon Community College, the Lakeshore Fab Lab empowers people of all ages to learn, dream, design, and build their ideas.


The facility houses more than $500,000 worth of equipment in a space where inventors can invent, businesses can prototype, and children can learn and gain hands on experience with STEM-based projects.


Membership is open to anyone – students, entrepreneurs, local businesses, museums, clubs, etc. – from anywhere. Members will have access to the worldwide Fab Lab network, a proposed on-site entrepreneur store to sell their products or services on a consignment basis, and future speakers and seminars.


Members can put their ideas into action with the Lakeshore Fab Lab’s various machines, which include 3-D printing, laser etching, robotics, metal milling, large format vinyl printing, t-shirt hot press, digital scanning, plasma water table cutting, and routing.


The Lakeshore Fab Lab is situated within MCC’s Rooks|Sarnicola Entrepreneur Institute and is physically connected to the college’s recently opened Sturrus Technology Center, home to cutting-edge applied technology classrooms and laboratories for automation, robotics, welding, electrical, foundry, alternative energy, engineering and CAD.


To schedule a tour or for more information about the Lakeshore Fab Lab, contact Chris Kaminsky at (231) 777-0212 or

Parmenter Law to Emcee Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber’s 2018 E-Awards

(Muskegon, MI – April 16, 2018) – The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce’s annual E-Awards recognize the lakeshore’s most innovative entrepreneurs for the lasting impact they make on the local community. Parmenter Law is honored to be a contributing sponsor and the emcee of the 2018 entrepreneur luncheon for the 7th year.


“At Parmenter Law we are privileged to have the opportunity to work with so many successful entrepreneurs. They are a cornerstone of our law firm. It is our honor to be a part of the celebration of their success.” – Chris Kelly, Partner.


Held on Friday, April 27, at the Muskegon Country Club, the luncheon will recognize all nominated Entrepreneurs of Excellence as well as name Muskegon’s 2018 Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year.


About Parmenter Law – For over 70 years, Parmenter Law has served clients along the lakeshore, in Muskegon, and nationwide. The firm’s practice areas include Estate Planning, Elder Law, Real Estate, Business, Public Sector, and Civil Litigation. Their office is located in downtown Muskegon at 601 Terrace Street.


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City of Whitehall honored as an Agent of Change

Nine community individuals and organizations, including the City of Whitehall, were recognized as the 2017 Agents of Change by the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. The Agents of Change program awards those who have made a positive contribution to the Muskegon Lakeshore.


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Living history: Wasserman’s Flowers & Gifts is a story about Muskegon’s past—and future

It is not easy for Angie Wasserman-Nelund and Troy Wasserman to maneuver from one side of Wasserman’s Flowers and Gifts to another. At least, it’s not easy if they want to do it quickly.


It’s noon last Friday, and Muskegon’s oldest family-owned business is packed with customers purchasing floral bouquets and wreaths radiating hues of autumn (think: bursts of the oranges, yellows and reds that now fill our trees). And everyone wants to say hello.


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