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While athletes for West Michigan’s semi-professional sports teams compete for dominance on the court, field or ice, each organization’s front office is doing the same in the sales game, chasing sponsorship dollars that account for a crucial piece of their annual budgets.

As many remain skeptical of crowdfunding’s ability to bolster growth among private-sector entrepreneurs, economic developers have found the fundraising model holds promise for public placemaking efforts statewide.

Michigan-based craft brewers want to change state law so the annual licensing fees they pay can go to benefit research and promotion for their industry rather than support a competing craft beverage sector.

Private equity investments in Michigan are surging with the rest of the nation, as merger and acquisition activity remains strong and provides plenty of opportunity for prospective buyers.

Nearly a year and a half after publicly unveiling the preliminary plans, Mercy Health Muskegon is ready to seek approvals for a $271.2 million expansion and renovation project that would consolidate inpatient medical care at a single campus.

Last year, John Essex confronted a decision he had never seriously considered at any other point in his career. Faced with scaling up his business to meet growing customer demand, the CEO of Muskegon-based Port City Group needed to invest millions of dollars in expanding the manufacturer’s capacity to make aluminum and zinc die castings, mechanical assemblies and injection-molded plastic parts.

Long-time manufacturing executive Mark Allen learned firsthand that patience remains a key virtue for anyone looking to acquire a business.

The automotive industry is a natural environment for the adoption of automation, given the repetitive manufacturing and assembly process, high volumes, unwieldy components and other factors.

Chuck Brown hopes that by moving his company a few blocks from its current location to the heart of downtown Sparta, he can tap into a movement that’s brewing in small towns across West Michigan. Brown, who acquired Cellar Brewing Co. from its founder in 2013, has started the process of renovating a recently vacated building at 133 East Division St. to be the new home to the craft brewery, distillery and winery.

Government officials with Kent County would like to vacate an underutilized office building in Grand Rapids’ central business district — that is, if the right proposal comes along.

It’s the money that matters. According to a new survey, the choice of doctors and hospitals appears secondary for many people who buy their own health coverage and opt for a lower premium.

A decades-old provision in Michigan’s liquor laws has many of the state’s craft brewers crying in their beers. Their license fees, however nominal, go to fund agricultural research and promotion of the state’s grape and wine sector — not the beer industry or its agricultural supply chain of hops and barley.

When fans attend an NBA Development League game, they aren’t just potentially seeing the next crop of NBA players. They’re also getting a glimpse of the coaches, refs, rules and even uniforms that might someday make it to the big stage.

With an overhaul of its sales team, facilities and marketing strategy, the Kalamazoo Wings are looking to breath new life into its storied semi-pro hockey organization.

A new apartment development in Michigan’s capital wants to replicate for tenants the experience of living near Chicago’s Wrigley Field, the home of the Cubs baseball team.

While some nonprofit organizations are able to start small with nothing more than a mission and perhaps some minimal office space, that was not a viable option for Children’s Healing Center. Poised to become the nation’s first year-round recreational center for children with weak immune systems, the Grand Rapids-based organization needed about five years and significant help from the community and the private sector to finally solidify what had been an ever-changing grand opening date.

After spending over 20 years as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Leslie Bellavance decided to transition from teaching into a leadership role. That led the veteran educator to positions at James Madison University in Virginia and Alfred University in New York, and she now comes to Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids.

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