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BizStream: The Coolest Web Developer to Work for in Allendale! By: Shelby Sullivan
BizStream is a full-service digital agency located right here in Allendale! With a close-knit, passionate team of developers, project managers, creatives, and more, BizStream focuses on building brands, websites, and products for enterprise companies all over the U.S. "We take an idea from creative all the way through to design and build large-scale websites and applications all across the world," says Mark Schmidt, founder of BizStream. "We mostly try to focus on companies here in the U.S., and the majority of our clients are outside of Michigan." BizStream is recognized as an award-winning leader in custom software, as well as an active member of the All In Allendale community. BizStream values community involvement by sponsoring local school sports and science/robotics teams and hosts its own BizStream Academy! Their office is a unique mix of friendly, fun, and professional. Their meetings occur in glass-walled high-tech conference rooms with comic book-themed names, and extra large LEGO bricks surround their workstations and stadium-displayed internal dashboards. The space is also home to a fire pole, giant slide, foosball table, on-site showers, a locker room, a full-size kitchen, and more! In 2021, BizStream became fully powered by solar energy. BizStream has just been recognized as one of Crain's Detroit's 2022 Cool Places to Work, ranking 17th out of 100 companies selected for this list. From their D.C./Marvel-themed, eco-friendly office building to their spontaneous foosball tournaments and their dedication to innovative technology, BizStream is probably one of the coolest up-and-coming digital agencies West Michigan has to offer! A BRIEF HISTORY Founder Mark Schmidt and Co-Owner Brian McKeiver began BizStream 21 years ago, doing contract work and intranet development. As the company moved away from contract work and started landing more complex projects for enterprise companies, it rebranded as BizStream in 2004 and began to expand its team. 10
One of BizStream's most notable products is an intranet-based portal software built in 2009 named YouthCenter. YouthCenters is one of the top Juvenile Case Management Software solutions for Juvenile Probation, Diversion, and Detention Centers in the United States. Today 33 counties across six states use YouthCenter! BizStream is perhaps most well-known for its projects developed on the Kentico and Kontent.ai platforms. In 2010, BizStream became a Kentico Gold Partner, the highest recognition available for the digital experience platform. In addition, BizStream was one of the world's first companies to dive deeply into Kontent.ai, a headless CMS solution. In 2017, they were recognized as a Kontent.ai Premium Partner, the highest partnership level attainable, for their extensive knowledge and work within the platform. See the complete list of BizStream's award-winning projects at bizstream.com/about/qualifications-awards. The BizStream team is made up of 30+ highly-skilled developers, designers, digital strategists, and support staff who've earned various accolades and certifications in Kentico, Kontent.ai, Microsoft Azure, and more. Additionally, McKeiver has over 20 years of web development, digital marketing, and solution architecture experience and is globally recognized as a Kentico MVP, Kontent.ai MVP, and Microsoft Azure MVP. McKeiver also hosts the Kontent Rock podcast, recorded in BizStream's 'Batcave' studio!
As of December 2018, BizStream was named one of the Nation's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For a title they have held for the last five consecutive years. GOING SOLAR For Fun, Financial Freedom, and the Environment! Nothing is cooler than "Going Green" in 2022, and BizStream is ahead of us on that curve. In an effort to learn more about eco-friendly technology, become a green leader, and reduce their carbon footprint, many at BizStream wanted a solution to their building's energy consumption. So after founder Mark Schmidt went solar at his own home in 2019, he brought that experience to BizStream. With help from Tiger Solar, BizStream installed 224 solar modules and is expected to offset 95% of traditional electrical usage and produce 88,977kW annually. Switching to solar allowed the company to offset their electricity costs by instead being credited by their utility company. Because Michigan is above the national average when it comes to the cost of electricity ($0.14/kWh), BizStream is not only helping the environment but also saving themselves money.
spark real interest in coding and development: “Ultimately I want students to walk out of Academy and want to keep learning more even if it isn't something that ever turns into a career for them.” Schmidt and McKeiver help mentor Academy classes, which BizStream web developer Chris Hamm runs. "For Brian and me, it just took someone telling us that [coding] exists and that you don't need crazy tools and servers to do it," says Schmidt. "You can build a website on your computer right now!" As the program grows, the hope is that a large portion of Academy students will start to come from underserved and underrepresented groups. BizStream also hopes that they can start having classes throughout the year instead of just as a summer program. BizStream just had its Summer 2022 class this August, but if you are interested, registration for 2023 will begin in May of next year!
Visitors and staff can see how BizStream's energy consumption is doing by checking out their custom-built solar dashboard inside their office space. Monitors (run by solar energy, of course) display updates on BizStream's energy and company productivity all day long! BizStream also has an electric vehicle charging station for its team members. WHAT’S NEXT?
BizStream’s future goals include going completely off the grid with their solar energy projects. They will also continue BizStream Academy, hopefully expanding their efforts and finding sponsorships for providing class laptops and equipment. “We really don't want there to be any reason a student feels like they can't go through BizStream Academy,” says Chris. Furthermore, BizStream has been spending the summer of 2022 experimenting with the 4-day work week, which they hope to investigate further for the future of BizStream. This corresponds really well with the BizStream goal of a healthy work-life balance. Finally, BizStream is looking for talented, self-motivated, and self-managing people to join its team: "We are constantly looking for the best motivated developers, project managers, business analysts, and creatives," says Schmidt. "Those who push each other and have real discussions about finding the best solutions together." BizStream also offers periodic internships and is hoping to have more in the future. If you are interested in working or interning at BizStream, visit their Careers page.
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CROSSFIT ALLENDALE By: Shelby Sullivan
Promoting Fitness & Fun In Our Community! CrossFit Allendale is a local family-owned gym promoting fitness and a healthy lifestyle. In 2012, after completing a CrossFit Level-One Certification, siblings Josh and Kate Connelly decided to open their own gym. They just didn’t know exactly where. Originally from Michigan’s Eastside, the two started searching for the right location. In the winter of 2014, they traveled to Allendale and agreed that it was the perfect location to open their new business. Josh had recently graduated from U of M - Flint at the time. Kate, who was only 19 and attending classes at Eastern Michigan University, transferred to Grand Valley to continue her Undergrad in Exercise Science. During their first year of business, building their community took patience. Many of the classes only had a couple people attend if that. Today, with over 125 members, they talk about what has made them successful as not just another gym: “Consistency,” says Coach Kate. “We just stuck with it. We knew how much we loved CrossFit, and that if we were able to get people in the door, then they would love it, too.” Well, she was right. Now over 8 years later, CFA has become a health and fitness staple for members from all over West Michigan!
A Gym Based on Community and Healthy Lifestyles CrossFit Allendale works hard to promote health, fitness, and fun. Rather than a gym where you are just a membership number, Josh and Kate take time to get to know their members and their goals. CrossFit Allendale has sponsored community events like the Trixy Tang Backlot 80’s Bash, and hosted fundraisers for their community. CFA is really an “All In” essential for our Allendale Community. Coach Josh touched on instances “where our members have gone through difficult times in their lives, and we have hosted special workouts to raise awareness, created fundraisers, or simply had a CFA night out. Everyone knows everyone here, so our members want to pitch in and help when they can.” CFA has a great roster of members who show up excited, positive, and ready to move!
What are CrossFit Allendale’s Classes Like? CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program made up of several different movements and workouts, intending to help you become stronger and healthier in your daily life. Each class is led by an instructor and can be modified for any fitness level or age. “This is a different experience from a regular gym,” says Coach Josh, “This [CrossFit Allendale] is definitely a social atmosphere. You’ll come in and get to know people, where everyone is rooting for each other, pushing each other, and cheering each other on.” Both Josh and Kate agree that CrossFit is meant to be an “all-around fitness program.” Whether you’re looking to improve your strength, endurance, stamina, balance, speed, power, flexibility, or coordination, CrossFit has got you covered! “The overall goal of CrossFit, through a variety of our workouts, is to get you as fit as possible,” says Coach Josh. “No matter what you want to do physically, CrossFit will prepare you for whatever you want to do outside of the gym.” With class options ranging from a 30-minute, early morning bootcamp to general classes - and even open gym time - CrossFit Allendale is the perfect place for whatever workout fits your lifestyle.
What is Next for CrossFit Allendale?
Josh and Kate will continue to train, learn, and get better at their coaching and CrossFit abilities to create the best experience possible. They want to show potential new members that CrossFit can be a fun, positive experience for those who are looking to get fit and have a long, healthy lifestyle. “It’s not as scary as it looks,” says Coach Kate. “When I started CrossFit I wasn’t sure about it either, but now look at me. We’ve [Josh and Kate] been doing it for ten years and we’re not bored yet!”
CFA strives to be a part of the Allendale community and continue to make their members happy and healthy. “Crossfit is for everybody,” says Coach Kate. “We can modify it for anyone, whether you’re a beginner or not. Our goal is longevity, health, and a love for exercise.”
September 2022 SEPTEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS **Please continue to check our website for the most up to date information on events taking place** SEPT. 2-5 ~ Labor Day break SEPT. 6 ~ School Resumes SEPT. 12 ~ Regular Board of Education Meeting, 6 PM, Oakwood Board Room SEPT. 26 ~ Conversation with Cooper, 6 PM, Oakwood Board Room SEPT. 30 ~ Half Day Y5-12 $36 HQMR\HG VSHQGLQJ WLPH ZLWK < WK JUDGH VWXGHQWV WKLV VXPPHU 2XU ¿UVW ZHHNV RI EUHDN NLFNHG Rഔ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TOWNSHIP INFORMATION Township Board Mee�ngs
Township board mee�ngs are on September 12 and 26 at 6:00 pm. You can ﬁnd board agendas and minutes on our website: www.allendale-twp.org.
Summer Tax Deadline The 2022 summer property tax deadline is September 14, 2022. Our lobby is open to receive payments Monday through Friday from 8AM-5PM, closed 12PM-1PM , or u�lize the parking lot drop box at any �me. You may view or pay your bill online here: h�ps://bsaonline.com/?uid=646 If you have ques�ons, please contact us at 616-895-6295 or email email@example.com.
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OFFICE INFORMATION Movies in the Park Join us this September as we “fall through the decades” for our 2022 Movies in the Park series. Each movie will be held at the Allendale Community Park Bandshell, located at 6676 Lake Michigan Drive, Allendale. If there is rain, the event will be held indoors at the township hall auditorium. Bring your family, blankets, and a chair! Friday, September 9 at 8:30PM: “The Land Before Time” 1988 (G) Saturday, September 10 at 8:30PM: “The Lion King” 1994 (G) Friday, September 23 at 8:10PM: “Monsters, Inc.” 2001 (G) Saturday, September 24 at 8:10PM: “Despicable Me” 2010 (PG) Ques�ons? Contact Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 892-3118
Na�onal Voter Registra�on Day Tuesday, September 20th is Na�onal Voter Registra�on Day. It is a nonpar�san, civic holiday to encourage voter registra�on. You can register to vote at any�me, even in a non-elec�on year. On September 20th, stop into the township hall if you want to verify your registra�on, update your registra�on, or would like to register for the ﬁrst �me. Jody Hansen, Township Clerk or Elizabeth Szymanski, Township Deputy Clerk will be available during oﬃce hours to serve you. If you cannot make it that day, the clerk’s oﬃce is open Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM, closed 12PM-1PM. They want to ensure that everyone who is eligible has the opportunity to vote! Have you recently: 1. Moved within Allendale or moved to Allendale? 2. Changed your name? 3. Turned 18 years old? (You can register at 17.5 but vote once 18) 4. Become a U.S. Ci�zen? Stop by the township oﬃce or contact via phone or email to ﬁnd out how to register for the ﬁrst �me or make sure your registra�on informa�on is correct. A�er registra�on is complete or a change has been made, our oﬃce will mail you a voter informa�on card. This card is for you to keep for informa�onal purposes—you do not need to take it with you to the polls. Ques�ons? Contact Jody Hansen or Elizabeth Szymanski using their informa�on below.
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