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Trends in the West Michigan-based contract medical device manufacturing industry parallel what the automotive sector experienced two decades ago, according to a group of executives who spoke with MiBiz for a recent roundtable discussion.

The Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) has long advocated to make Michigan a top 10 state for jobs, personal income and a healthy economy. But a new report by the group shows that its lofty goal could be difficult to achieve given current trends.

After cutting his teeth on low-budget locally produced films, Josh Burge is moving into the big time.

In the wake of a catastrophic accident, one Kalamazoo-based manufacturer of plastic injection molds turned to its industry partners and its insurance agency for help.

Contractors in the greater Grand Rapids area maintain a positive outlook at the start of the new year.

The growing incidence rate of data breaches and the cost to respond to them has businesses large and small increasingly seeking insurance to cover their related losses.

West Michigan for years has been touted as a market that offers high-quality health care at a lower cost than many other regions of the state or the nation.

Bringing West Michigan Heart fully into Spectrum Health’s physician group comes with a new emphasis on improving the cost of cardiac care as health care undergoes a shift in its long-held economic model.

Holland BPW makes $200M bet on mixed-use energy park

Written by | Sunday, 18 January 2015 22:00 |

The City of Holland and its municipal power utility think that the city’s position on Lake Macatawa makes it special, and they don’t want to continue to operate a power plant on its shores.

Gina Schulz recently took on duties as vice president of development at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. She came to the organization with more than 10 years of experience in the nonprofit field. Previously, she held positions as the director of the West Michigan region for the American Diabetes Association and director of development at March of Dimes West Michigan.

Editor's Notebook: Ford Focused

Written by | Sunday, 18 January 2015 22:00 |

As thousands of international journalists packed into Detroit’s crowded Cobo Hall last week for the annual North American International Auto Show, it was clear that the industry has started to act as if it has fully emerged from the doldrums of the recession and embraced the brave new world.

The driving force behind Lake Michigan Financial Corp.’s proposed $184.1 million sale to Chemical Financial Corp. represents a contrast to what’s been driving most of the consolidation in the banking industry.

Commercial real estate brokers are concerned about an overall lack of inventory across all sectors at the start of 2015.

Q&A: Pete Brand, Mindscape

Written by | Sunday, 18 January 2015 22:00 |

Grand Rapids digital marketing and website development firm Mindscape announced last week that it planned to take a new course of action. The company would be splitting off from longtime partner Hanon McKendry Inc. (now known as Do More Good) and transitioning its brand to focus on specific projects.

Need for (snow) speed

Written by | Sunday, 18 January 2015 22:00 |

At a time when most other power toys are stored away for winter, there’s nothing like the sound of a snowmobile screaming by to lift a gearhead from the doldrums of the snowy season. In the spirit of all things tracks and skis, MiBiz spoke with Bob Saladino, the sales manager at Fox Powersports of Kentwood to learn about the popular models for the 2015 season.

Game on

Written by | Sunday, 18 January 2015 22:00 |

If you are of the meat-eating persuasion and have never tasted wild boar, quail, elk, rabbit or duck, perhaps you should step out of your comfort zone a little bit. One way you can do this is on Feb. 2 when San Chez Tapas Bistro moves away from typical tapas and focuses on wild game flavors.

Small-batch catch

Written by | Sunday, 18 January 2015 22:00 |

While full-bodied beers often get the credit as staple libations over the winter months, Steve Siciliano, owner of Siciliano’s Market in Grand Rapids, has lately seen a resurgence in the popularity of small-batch bourbons and ryes.

Grand Rapids-based Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. has acquired nine Wendy’s restaurants in Tallahassee, Fla. from a franchisee, the company said in a statement.

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