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KALAMAZOO — Instagram offers businesses a platform to share whimsical photos of their products or operations, but a Southwest Michigan pub alleges there’s nothing funny about the similarity between its trademarked name and the handle a software company is using on the social-networking service.

A new statewide study aims to assess how creative industries contribute to the Michigan economy.

Business interests around the state are finding reasons to dislike energy policy reforms proposed recently by Senate Republicans, whether because they seek to tighten the electric choice market or because they eliminate renewable energy and efficiency mandates.

KALAMAZOO — Six months after raising its first round of capital, Innovative Cardiovascular Solutions LLC seeks to raise another $5 million that will position the company for a clinical trial and regulatory application in Europe, as well as an eventual sale.

GREENVILLE — When Chinese auto supplier Citic Dicastal Co. Ltd. said last year that it would convert the former United Solar Ovonic LLC campus in Greenville into its North American headquarters, officials in the Montcalm County community breathed a collective sigh of relief.

Staying on top of new technology advancements is important to automotive suppliers in two ways: to detect potential threats to the business, and to be on the lookout for opportunities to gain a competitive advantage.

HOLLAND — Like many manufacturers of luxury products, S2 Yachts Inc. didn’t sell all that many of its high-end vessels during the recession years as consumers pulled back on their discretionary spending.

A $3 million follow-on venture capital investment provides growth funding for a Kalamazoo company that offers high-speed telecommunications services to businesses across the state.

After establishing a solid presence in the West Michigan market through acquisitions, Old National Bancorp Inc. wants to further build its franchise.

Developers of senior living facilities see the convergence of favorable demographic shifts and strong economic conditions as providing an opportunity they can’t ignore.

GRAND RAPIDS — To launch its new bike-sharing service, Spokefly GR turned to a local nonprofit for help.

For the first time in company history, Japan-based DENSO Corp. has tapped a Michigan native to lead its operations in Battle Creek. Andris Staltmanis joined the company in processing engineering in 1986, the year it opened its facility in Battle Creek. Since then, he has worked his way through the ranks, rising through management roles to become president of the company’s Arkansas operation three years ago.

BATTLE CREEK — Marie Briganti stepped into the role of CEO at Battle Creek Unlimited in May as the economic development organization goes through somewhat of a transitional period.

Talk about a case of beating expectations.

Officials in Battle Creek believe they have found the $25 million cure for what ails the Cereal City’s downtown.

Southwest Michigan’s manufacturing sector has clipped along at a moderate but steady growth rate over the last year.

The Southwest Michigan brewery startups from twenty or thirty years ago have helped create a dynamic craft beverage scene in the Kalamazoo and Calhoun county region — a market that continues to attract new producers to set up shop.

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