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A year-old law aimed to make it easier for all kinds of small businesses in Michigan to raise capital via intrastate crowdfunding. But the only companies consistently taking advantage of the new fundraising tool have been in the food and beverage industry, particularly craft breweries.

Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing Co. plans to better access international markets as part of a deal announced today with a Spanish brewery.

Grand Angels to start fundraising for new $20M fund

Written by | Sunday, 14 December 2014 10:30 |

Grand Angels, the angel investing group formed a decade ago to back young companies in Michigan, is apparently preparing to create new venture capital fund.

Priority Health continued strong earnings growth in 2014 as net income through the third quarter exceeded all of the previous year.

This morning the Board of Trustees for Michigan State University voted to demolish the building that formerly housed the Grand Rapids Press, according to a news release.

A federal lawsuit against Honeywell International Inc. illustrates the need for employers to tread carefully when incorporating rewards or penalties in their employee wellness program, experts say.

Experts predict uptick in auto supplier M&A

Written by | Sunday, 07 December 2014 22:00 |

Amid an improving automotive market, suppliers with easy access to capital and more deployable cash on their balance sheets are turning to mergers and acquisitions to drive growth.

All indications point to West Michigan manufacturers continuing to struggle in the coming year to find qualified talent.

After a customer’s firearm business failed, Jenison-based Next Level Manufacturing LLC decided to use its expertise in high-end machining to spin off its own line of specialty rifles.

A commitment to technology and staying ahead of the curve has driven one family-owned West Michigan manufacturer to become one of the largest automotive suppliers in the region.

There are many situations in the automotive business that require negotiation between component suppliers and their customers.

Even though the first taste of winter snow that came in November is now long gone, ski hills throughout Michigan have taken advantage of the early cold snap to kick off their ski season and build momentum for the months ahead.

When two Grand Rapids authors set out to celebrate the work of nonprofits across West Michigan, naturally, they decided to do it in book form.

Despite a bullish outlook for construction in West Michigan, one area company thinks its best opportunity for growth lies outside the region.

Q&A: Angela Steil, Gravity Taphouse Grille

Written by | Sunday, 07 December 2014 22:00 |

After leaving a career as a model in New York City to become the youngest certified cicerone in the country, 21-year-old Angela Steil gets to talk about craft beer all day long. She’s now the in-house cicerone at the newly-opened Gravity Taphouse on the East Beltline Avenue in Grand Rapids, operated by Redwater Restaurant Group LLC. In that role, Steil’s job is to help customers navigate the restaurant’s extensive craft beer selections. She spoke with MiBiz about her role of taking Beer City USA patrons on an educational journey through craft beer.

Price is important, but it’s not necessarily the most important factor West Michigan companies consider these days when they’re looking for real estate.

The West Michigan economy thrives on the symbiotic relationship of the region’s for-profit corporations and nonprofit organizations — and, one might argue, the public sector.

At countless family holiday gatherings, the classic family division takes shape. The adults sit at one table while the youngsters are relegated to their own setting.

On his first day as executive director at the nonprofit Outdoor Discovery Center, Travis Williams didn’t have a desk, chair or working phone.

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