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Mega-retailer Meijer leveraged its relationship with the LPGA to bring the world’s best female golfers to West Michigan this month.

Whether it’s a hearty steak or an organic tomato, the “farm to table” movement has taken the food industry by storm in recent years. Now, entrepreneurs Chad Morton and Kirby Watson want to bring that philosophy of ethically sourced, sustainable, quality products to the realm of coffee via their Direct Trade Coffee Club business.

With a background in accounting, Scott Hammontree traded the life of a bean counter for the rock and roll life.

An ambitious five-year strategic plan for Michigan’s tourism industry aims to draw far more travelers to the state, boost the economic impact by nearly 20 percent and begin to take the “Pure Michigan” brand around the world.

Downtown Grand Rapids offers all the right ingredients to attract national restaurant chains.

Restaurant operator Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. announced it has acquired three Wendy's restaurants in North and South Carolina. 

A mere 15 months after launching an offbeat diner in downtown Grand Rapids, owner Ryan Cappelletti has reached the enviable position where he can hand over the keys to his fellow workers.

With the 16-year-old Arcadia Brewing Co. running out of capacity its longstanding downtown Battle Creek location, Tim Suprise went looking for a new location. He shopped around all of West Michigan before settling on downtown Kalamazoo. 

Revamping the Michigan brand

Written by | Friday, 11 May 2012 14:06 |

WEST MICHIGAN — When it comes to what Michigan represents as a place to do business, experts and business leaders agree that the state could use a makeover.

Most professionals dread large-scale meetings and events: the packets, the lines, the droning speakers. Even small, in-house meetings develop into sources of stress and angst. Companies both large and small have developed time-tested practices that smooth the wrinkles meetings and events can cause, even as technological innovation shifts the meetings landscape.

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