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Lansing Area Logistics to "Go Green"

Source: gogreentrikesllc

Scheduled to launch in Greater Lansing on Earth Day, 2014 (Tuesday, April 22nd), Go Green Trikes, LLC (Facebook webpage link) is the brainchild of local green business entrepreneur, Yvonne LeFave. Utilizing heavy-duty electric-assisted cargo trikes capable of carrying loads of up to 600 pounds, Go Green Trikes will provide prompt and sustainable delivery services throughout the urban heart of Greater Lansing – essentially an area bounded by I-96 on the south and west, I-69 on the north and Van Atta Road to the east. Here’s a maplink of the service area.

These are not your childhood tricycles folks, but industrial-grade cargo trikes designed to efficiently serve businesses while avoiding the tangles associated with trucks and street traffic. They also allow for door-to-door delivery of goods without the hassle of blocking lanes and/or customers in the process.

According to Yvonne, Greater Lansing will be at the very forefront of this cutting-edge form of “last mile” delivery/logistics service. Within North America, cargo trike delivery services such as Go Green Trikes only operate currently in Portland, Oregon (B-line); Vancouver, British Columbia (Shift Urban Cargo Delivery); Boston (Metro Pedal Power); and New York City (Revolution Rickshaws). Needless to say, Greater Lansing will be in good company, while also being the smallest urban center to support such an exciting and sustainable business venture.

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are a guide, it appears Go Green Trikes, LLC will be pedaling off to a successful start, as they already have three clients lined up to date. So, starting April 22nd, keep an eye out for Yvonne LeFave as she plies her way about area streets and bike trails. Kudos to her for setting a sustainble standard for all of us to strive for!

– Rick Brown

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Youngstown Ranked a Top Town for Entrepreneurs

Youngstown scored a feature story in Entrepreneur Magazine, which is raking among the top ten towns to start a small business including Atlanta, Las Vegas and Portland.

Youngstown’s highly successful business incubator for software start-ups plays center stage in the upbeat story about a down-and-out down that’s rallying for a new direction.

Check out the lede:

“Sure, Youngstown may not have the economic firepower of other cities on this list, but it has one important commodity in spades: hope.”

This is exactly the kind of coverage Youngstown has been hoping for every time some national media outlet comes to town and writes that sad story of Black Monday and publishes pictures of a used tire lot.

Congrats Jim Cossler and the whole YBI team!

MIke Broderick, founder of Turning Technologies a fast-growing software start-up launched in Youngstown's Business Incubator

Mike Broderick, founder of Turning Technologies, a fast-growing software start-up launched in Youngstown's Business Incubator

If Youngstown can do this, any Midwestern city can, given a thoughtful approach and committed individuals.

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