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The retail development segment typically emerges last from economic downturns. Only once construction has taken hold in the housing and industrial markets do retailers generally look to begin building again.

While Gov. Rick Snyder famously campaigned against the government picking winners and losers, the state’s economic development agency during his first term made a clear bet on one segment of the Michigan economy: manufacturing.

The February announcement that California-based Trader Joe’s would open its first store in the West Michigan market created a social media frenzy and became the instant topic of watercooler conversations throughout the region.

New reports show Michigan’s 2008 renewable energy mandate has worked as intended, but lawmakers must now decide what to do next when the policy sunsets at the end of this year.

As dozens of comedians prepare to take the stage in Grand Rapids as part of the fifth-annual LaughFest comedy festival, corporate managers may find the performers’ interactions with the audience to be anything but funny business.

The strength of the U.S. dollar in the global currency market has proven to be a double-edged sword for many West Michigan manufacturers that do business internationally.

A startup bicycle company aims to capitalize on the growing pool of commuter bicyclists with a new frame design that emphasizes comfort and efficiency.

Information technology professionals might disagree, but for many supplier personnel, dealing with the software involved in running a manufacturing firm is a necessary evil to be avoided as much as possible.

Reporter's Notebook: New Math

Written by | Sunday, 01 March 2015 22:00 |

Rick DeVos formed Start Garden and its predecessors, 5x5 Night and Momentum, to change the entrepreneurial and investment culture in West Michigan.

As it works to close two deals, Chemical Financial Corp. wants to increase its number of outstanding shares to finance pending mergers and perhaps structure future acquisitions.

Michigan’s growing base of craft hard cider producers have joined forces in a new industry association that aims to improve the supply of raw materials and drive awareness of the beverage among consumers.

Despite a drop in statewide unemployment to its lowest level since 2002, nonprofit organizations that provide food assistance to families have seen an increase in demand.

Q&A: Tom Mathison, Rotary Club of Grand Rapids

Written by | Sunday, 01 March 2015 22:00 |
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Eight Grand Rapids-area Rotary Clubs united to launch a first-ever promotion for new members. The effort involves billboards that went up late last month featuring local Rotarians, radio ads that began airing this week, social media and a special website at rotarywestmichigan.org, said Tom Mathison, the founder and principal at Mathison | Mathison Architects LLC and president of the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids.

OMT-Veyhl USA Corp. today announced a 98,000-square-foot expansion at its Holland facility.

Commercial lending by credit unions could get a boost through an agreement between two federal agencies that would increase access to credit for small businesses.

Walker-based retailer Meijer Inc. plans to close one of its supermarkets and sell five company-owned standalone gas station convenience stores.

As Muskegon-area manufacturers continue to get a bounce from the region’s economic recovery, many of them worry that their ability to continue growing will face constraints related to the availability of qualified talent.

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