• 11 Aug 2009 8:33 AM | Dana Reynolds
    Hot? Mild? Inferno? Do you have the best salsa in the West? (Michigan, that is!) Then bring it on! During the Salsa Showdown, contestants will be challenged to recreate their best salsa recipe using fresh ingredients from the Farmers Market. Everyone is invited to compete in the Showdown, from amateur salsa makers to professional chefs. Don’t miss this opportunity for mouth-watering salsa tasting, exciting cash prizes, and lots of fiery fun! Sponsored by CityVu Bistro at the CityFlats Hotel.
    Date:  Saturday, August 15, 2009
    Time:  Salsa Making 8am-11am, Public Tasting 11am-1pm
    Location:  Holland Farmers Market
  • 10 Aug 2009 5:11 PM | Barry Rice

    Do you have a mentor, grandparent, or friend  who is an innovator, contributor to positive social change, or serves as an inspirational role
    model after the age of 65? Celebrate and recognize them by submitting a nomination for the ENCORE! Lakeshore Award.

    Our older adults represent an extraordinary collection of social and human capital and we wish to recognize them. Seven award recipients will be chosen based on their creativity, productivity, and leadership in the second half of their lives. The award winners will be honored at a gala presentation and through a special Holland Sentinel publication.

    Encore Nomination Information.pdf

    ENCORE app.doc

  • 28 Jul 2009 6:20 AM | Dana Reynolds

    What: Labor Day Truck Parade and Celebration at Holland Civic Center
    Where: Downtown Holland and Zeeland
    When: Labor Day, Monday, September 7. Trucks rumble down Main Avenue in Zeeland at 9:15 am, then 8th Street in Holland at 9:30 am. Post parade festivities, including up-close look at the trucks, free ice cream, hot dogs and raffle immediately following at the Holland Civic Center.
    Who: Over 50 trucks from local businesses, sponsored by West Michigan Works.
    Why: To honor the hard-working employees of local businesses on Labor Day.

    Event is free and fun for the whole family! 

  • 19 Jun 2009 11:19 AM | Nathaniel Volkema

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    Name:  Andrew Lebron

    Age:  26

    Company:  The Bank of Holland

    Occupation:  Personal Banker

    How long have you lived/worked in Holland?

    1 ½ years

    What besides being HYP do you like to do (Hobbies)?

    Work out, play basketball, volunteer, attend sporting events, boating and beaching, vacation, and hang with my family.

    What do you like best about HYP, or if you’re a new member, what drew you to HYP?

    The best part about HYP is the people.  Everybody is very welcoming.  It’s nice to see people with similar goals and professional attitudes.

    Our President, Mr. Hill, is a funny guy; he’d like you to tell us a joke.  He’s always looking to add to his own collection.

    Three men go hunting together.  A priest, a rabbi, and a monk.  As they lurk the woods with guns drawn, the men come upon a deer.  At the same time, all three point the gun and shoot, killing the deer.  The men argue for some time over who actually killed the deer, but no one is actually sure, so they call a detective.  After some extensive investigative work, the detective arrives at a conclusion. 


    “It was the priest,” exclaims the detective. 


    “How can you be so sure?” the other two ask.


    “You see” says the detective. “The bullet went in one ear and out the other.”

  • 28 May 2009 11:01 AM | Barry Rice
    A fundraising event that offers participants a kayak race (teams and individuals), a guided tour of Lake Mac, kayak scavenger hunt, and relays. Proceeds benefit Holland Free Health Clinic, Pathways MI, and Macatawa Greenway Partnership.

    When: August 22nd, 8am
    Where: Kollen Park, Lake Macatawa
  • 28 May 2009 10:58 AM | Barry Rice

    The first Thursday of every month is Green Drinks

    Have you heard the latest?

    Mother Earth loves a good martini. Visit CitySen Lounge, located on CityFlats Hotel's main level, for the monthly gathering of Green Drinks Holland — a group of eco-conscious social butterflies who love to meet, mingle, and make merry. The environment, architecture, design, and social causes are just a few topics open for debate at 5:30 on the first Thursday of each month — although there is nothing on the agenda except for fun. Exclusive appetizers and drinks will also be available for your savoring and sipping pleasure.

    Every Thursday Night is Sushi Night at CitySen Lounge from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Come enjoy hand rolled sushi by our Chef Shelly Rash.


    Maki Rolls:

    Califorina Roll......$4.50
    Spicy Tuna Roll......$5.00
    Smoked Salmon Roll...$4.00
    Fresh Salmon Roll....$4.00
    Vegetable Roll.......$4.00
    Unagi Roll...........$4.00


    Tuna ................$2.50
  • 12 May 2009 5:30 AM | Dana Reynolds

    What: FastTrac New Venture Entrepreneurial Training

    When: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, 10 sessions ending Tuesday, July 28

    Where: Lakeshore Advantage (Colonial Clock Building) in Zeeland

    Who: Dislocated workers who are exploring entrepreneurship as a career opportunity

    Cost: Free to Dislocated Workers through Ottawa County Michigan Works scholarships, may be partial scholarships for others

    Registration: Call Joanne at (616) 331-7372 for more information

    FastTrac New Venture is an intensive, 10-week program that helps you evaluate business opportunities and develop an action plan for owning your own business. Written by entrepreneurs for aspiring entrepreneurs, FastTrac® NewVenture" offers essential business information to help you develop your entrepreneurial skills and build your business on a strong foundation. FastTrac® NewVenture" provides the opportunity to objectively evaluate your concept and plans for moving forward, begin building an infrastructure for your business operations and processes, understand how to access the human, financial and business resources, and build an actionable business plan.

    Class is limited to 30 people, so register early!

  • 12 May 2009 5:28 AM | Dana Reynolds
    Event Date: May 30, 2009
    Time: 7pm - Midnight
    Location: Macatawa Legends Golf Club
    Monte Carlo Night is a safe bet for a sophisticated evening of fun and chance to benifit the Holland Area Arts Council. Wear what you'd like (but this is your chance to pull out that beaded number and brush off your tails). Try your luck at the tables while enjoying cocktails, Hors d'oeuvres, and dance to the music of the Lynn Thompson Band. Raffles will be held throughout the evening with Silent and Live Auctions. Advance tickets are $40 or $75 per couple. VIP Packages are also available for $125 per couple. See website for additional details and to purchase tickets or call the HAAC.
  • 09 May 2009 12:58 PM | Nathaniel Volkema



    Name: Steve Penfield      


    Age: 25       


    Company: Elzinga & Volkers


    Occupation: Construction Manager


    How long have you lived/worked in Holland? Since January 2008


    What besides being HYP do you like to do (Hobbies)? I love being around the water and especially boating. If it has a motor and a paint job I probably want one. I own a couple of pieces of rental property with my dad and enjoy the renovation we are currently doing on one of the houses, although I definitely look forward to its completion especially with summer almost here. I enjoy traveling near or far and would say the best trip so far was to Italy two summers ago.


    What do you like best about HYP, or if you’re a new member, what drew you to HYP? The ability to meet and hang out with like minded young professionals that enjoy being in west Michigan.


    Our President, Mr. Hill, is a funny guy; he’d like you to tell us a joke.  He’s always looking to add to his own collection.

    This is an actual job application that a 17-year-old boy submitted to McDonald's in Florida... and they hired him because he was so honest and funny!

    NAME: Greg Bulmash.

    DESIRED POSITION: Company's President or Vice President. But seriously, whatever's available. If I was in a position to be picky, I wouldn't be applying here in the first place.

    DESIRED SALARY: $185,000 a year plus stock options and a Michael Ovitz style severance package. If that's not possible, make an offer and we can haggle.


    LAST POSITION HELD: Target for middle management hostility.

    SALARY: Less than I'm worth.


    PREFERRED HOURS: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

    MAY WE CONTACT YOUR CURRENT EMPLOYER?: If I had one, would I be here?


    DO YOU HAVE A CAR?: I think the more appropriate question here would be "Do you have a car that runs?"

    HAVE YOU RECEIVED ANY SPECIAL AWARDS OR RECOGNITION?: I may already be a winner of the Publishers Clearing house Sweepstakes.

    DO YOU SMOKE?: On the job no, on my breaks yes.

    WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE DOING IN FIVE YEARS?: Living in the Bahamas with a fabulously wealthy super model who thinks I'm the greatest thing since sliced bread. Actually, I'd like to be doing that now.


    SIGN HERE: Aries.












  • 04 May 2009 9:06 AM | Barry Rice
    The 2008/2009 HYP/HACC mentoring program has been a great success. After holding a panel discussion in the fall on the benefits of mentoring, 5 matches were made. Participants have been meeting 4-6 times over the past six months and have reported fantastic experiences and learning opportunities.

    One of our mentors, David Kuiper, stated “Being asked to be a mentor with Holland Young Professionals was a real honor.  I’ve enjoyed getting to know my mentee, and sharing from my knowledge and experience.  Even though we work in very different industries (financial services and manufacturing) we are able to share best practices in many areas.” Goals have ranged from obtaining new technical skills to career planning to work/life balance.

    The mentoring committee is currently taking the feedback from the pilot group to begin working on the next round of matches in the fall. Those interested in learning more about how they can become a participant in the mentoring program should contact Joe Lampen at

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