Business startups, human startups, and celebrations

Ribbon Cutting RevBy Rose Tantraphol

A year after launching a business startup, I was pregnant with a human startup — and this month, both came together as part of a ribbon-cutting celebration for Moonsail North’s new HQ, hosted by Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. What has struck me most about the common bond between having a business in its second year and a baby in his second month? It’s all about the people. #TeamMoonsail couldn’t be more grateful to our clients, our friends, the business community, and everyone who has supported the growth of our company. And as a working mom, I couldn’t be more excited that my little boy is growing up around so much creative energy.

For the special day, Katie revved up a custom Moonsail North Snapchat geofilter and Sedora and Emily led a team effort to turn our entire office into one big social media photo booth to pay homage to how central storytelling is to what we do. At its heart, social media is about sharing stories and engaging with each other. For this party, it was also about sharing some big laughs as guests grabbed props and took to some life-sized Instagramming.


Once guests had their photos taken, it was time to head to Think Space — our amazing neighbors here in the Riverfront Business Center – for a reception. (In fact, we have this new office because we first saw the historic building when we held our first-ever team retreat last year at Think Space.)

At the reception, we weren’t sure what was the biggest draw: our baby brand ambassador (who fell asleep on the job) or the social media cookies that Emily had baked.

Brand ambassador

Curious to see the smiles of all our honored guests? Check out our album on Facebook, which is full of photos taken by Firebug // Photography by Alisa.

It’s hard for me to believe that in a few months, Moonsail North will start its third year of helping innovators communicate and grow.  I remember when we set up our first office inside The MARC, a best-kept-secret business incubator, and I remember expanding our team — along with extending services to include capacity-building in addition to communications. Likewise, on the baby front, friends have told me that before I know it, my newborn will be grown. With baby and with business, I know that it’s critical to foster a supportive and empowering environment, and nurture growth. I can’t wait to see what the next chapter brings. And on behalf of the entire Moonsail North team, I can’t thank enough all those who helped us get here.
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