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Eric Van Middendorp tapped a growing list of West Michigan-based health care, research and funding partners to develop a new medical device that secures patient breathing tubes. Through continued collaboration, the young inventor hopes to bring the product to market within the next two years.

West Michigan OEMs have started to spread their firsthand knowledge on sustainable business practices throughout their supply chains to help shorten the learning curve for their suppliers.

Venture capital investing in Michigan got off to a strong start in 2014, as the amount invested in the first quarter reached the highest value in 15 years.

MiBiz spoke with attorneys David J. Marr and Jeff Van Winkle about how entrepreneurs and small businesses can protect their intellectual property rights, but also how they can protect themselves from getting sued for violating someone else’s IP rights.

The $19.6 billion craft beer business is truly a manufacturing industry.

After years of steadily rising rates for employee health coverage, small employers may finally get a little relief this year and next from the steep increases of the past.

While it’s had to overcome a negative perception about the quality of remanufactured parts, one West Michigan company has built its business around the value proposition the components offer customers compared to new parts.

Saugatuck Center for the Arts may be best known for its eclectic mix of concerts and performances — many of which feature national headlining artists — but underneath that, the organization has worked to serve the community in other ways.

The push by Gov. Rick Snyder to increase liquor license fees by 50 percent appears to be “dead.”

There aren’t many landlords hanging up “For Lease” signs these days in greater Grand Rapids.

Whether a company is working with craft beer, mobile applications or biomedical research, it’s crucial for executives to have at least some basic working knowledge of intellectual property laws.

Michigan hop producers have been on a growth streak in recent years, fueled by demand from the state’s craft beer industry for locally sourced ingredients.

Q&A: Vincent Stanley, Patagonia

Written by | Sunday, 26 April 2015 22:00 |

Since Yvon Chouinard began selling reusable climbing pitons from the trunk of his car in 1957, Patagonia has built a reputation as a sustainable and environmentally conscious company. While the clothing and equipment retailer’s sustainability efforts have expanded over time, it took the Ventura, Calif.-based company nearly two decades to fully understand its responsibility to its customers, the environment and society, said Vincent Stanley, who serves as director of philosophy at Patagonia, a certified Benefit Corporation (B Corp). Stanley, Chouinard’s nephew, is helping to spread the company’s philosophy internally while also working to promote the benefits of corporate responsibility to others. Prior to a May 12 public event hosted by Local First to tout the region’s B Corp community, Stanley spoke with MiBiz about how sustainability can impact profitability.

As Michigan hops production spiked in recent years, startups have begun to recognize a need for another key locally sourced beer (and spirits) ingredient: malted grain.

It remains up in the air as to whether Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will be joining the GOP field running for President in 2016.

Perrigo to Mylan: No thanks a second time

Written by | Friday, 24 April 2015 12:57 |

Perrigo Co. plc this afternoon rejected a formal takeover from Mylan N.V. and urged its shareholders to do the same.

In an announcement this morning at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell said that the city has joined nine other cities such as Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles in an effort to get developers and building owners to reduce energy use in buildings.

Metro Health Corp.’s proposed joint venture with Community Health Systems Inc. gained plenty of public support Thursday, including the endorsement of a health care planning agency and the former head of the Michigan Department of Community Health.

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