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Family owned businesses like Grand Rapids-based Irwin Seating Co. have a lot in common with one another regardless of their industry. A new survey shows the segment is an increasingly important part of the economic fiber in West Michigan, but they also face many similar business and operational challenges.

Last month, Mia Henry took over the executive director position at the Arcus Center for Social Justice and Leadership (ACSJL) at Kalamazoo College. Her appointment comes the same month the center moved into its new facility that it was able to build after a $23 million grant from the Arcus Foundation, a private grant-making institution founded by Jon Stryker in 2000 that focuses on social justice and conservation issues.

The proximity to market demand and a track record for producing quality produce has served as a catalyst for Michigan’s potato industry.

Priority Health’s earnings grew significantly through the second quarter of 2014.

Opening a financial services division is the latest step of a broader growth strategy for Honor Credit Union to serve a larger base of members.

Statewide SBA lending up 5.5 percent

Written by | Sunday, 31 August 2014 22:00 |

Lending backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration continued to grow in Michigan into the final quarter of the federal government’s fiscal year.

The repeal of the personal property tax on manufacturing equipment in Michigan represents the second major victory in three years for business advocates who long sought to improve the state’s business tax climate.

A real estate developer wants the Grand Rapids Parking Commission to reconsider its plans to build a 276-space surface parking lot on city-owned property near the Grand River.

Manufacturers and their advocates had long decried the job-killing effects of the state’s personal property tax on equipment. But with the passage of Proposal 1, that tax will start to be phased out over seven years from 2016 to 2023. Companies with $80,000 or less in personal property qualify to file a tax exemption immediately. Fresh off the Proposal 1 victory in the August primary, Mike Johnston of the Michigan Manufacturers Association spoke with MiBiz about the impacts of eliminating the tax and the industry group’s focus going forward.

Rarely do businesses welcome industry regulation, but one Greenville-based manufacturer credits new efficiency standards for helping the company become more competitive.

A growing market in the southern United States has prompted one local manufacturer to expand its operations to the Lone Star State.

It seems one man’s garbage is another man’s economic indicator.

Sometimes the only thing separating a great idea from becoming a viable business is a little bit of outside perspective. That’s the working theory behind the Design Briefs events, a joint effort of AIGA West Michigan and the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

The cost of employee health coverage in West Michigan went up moderately in 2014.

Grand Valley State University wants to expose students in non-design related fields to the tenets of design thinking, and they’ve tapped a veteran executive to explore how best to accomplish that goal.

New technology rarely replaces old technology all at once. Instead, changes tend to come in overlapping waves, like at the beach. The new technology might rush up on the shore, but that doesn’t mean the old technology stops immediately, either.

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