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The sale of the parent corporations for Founders Bank & Trust and The Bank of Holland are the latest deals in a merger trend across the banking industry in Michigan that M&A experts expect will only continue to occur in coming years.

After putting about $1 million into four companies during the early months of 2015, Grand Angels looks to close three more deals in the coming weeks.

Even investors and finance professionals say they are feeling the pinch from the widespread labor shortage.

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.

After more than a decade of private and public investments, the growth in Michigan’s venture capital industry has created a large demand for further investments to increase the available funds and support previously funded startups.

Under a new ruling from federal securities regulators, companies can now raise up to $50 million from investors and still qualify for an exemption to the costly and extensive process involved in a typical public offering.

The amount of venture capital under management in Michigan grew more than 20 percent in 2014, continuing the industry’s strong momentum while creating further need for additional growth to support future investments.

If two recent examples are any indication, companies in West Michigan seem attracted to the promise of securities-based crowdfunding, but often find better and more lucrative offers from traditional investment avenues.

Blackford Capital eyes new $100M fund

Written by | Sunday, 29 March 2015 22:00 |

Grand Rapids-based Blackford Capital plans to launch a second private equity fund later this year that, like its predecessor, will focus on investing in manufacturing businesses in Michigan, MiBiz has learned.

Selling a business requires a lot of preparation that many owners don’t always go through prior to pursuing a prospective buyer.

As Byron Center-based SpartanNash Co. continues to focus on integrating the two food distribution and grocery retail operations that it merged 15 months ago, executives say they could be ready to consider additional acquisitions after another three months.

Just eight months after launching the company to acquire a portion of Johnson Controls Inc.’s automotive interiors unit, Motus Integrated Technologies LLC has cut a deal to expand its business.

As it works to close two deals, Chemical Financial Corp. wants to increase its number of outstanding shares to finance pending mergers and perhaps structure future acquisitions.

Reporter's Notebook: New Math

Written by | Sunday, 01 March 2015 22:00 |

Rick DeVos formed Start Garden and its predecessors, 5x5 Night and Momentum, to change the entrepreneurial and investment culture in West Michigan.

Commercial lending by credit unions could get a boost through an agreement between two federal agencies that would increase access to credit for small businesses.

The regional economic recovery “is one of the most impressive across the Midwest region,” led by the manufacturing sector that’s now followed by expansion in other industries, according to the latest PNC outlook that covers a broad market that includes Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Lansing.

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