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Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez

Senior Writer

msanchez@mibiz.com

A new survey shows business owners across Michigan are increasingly optimistic about their fortunes for the second half of 2014, although finding skilled workers remains a big concern.

The proposed 2015 premium adjustments for health plans created under Obamacare show rates going up, down and everywhere in between.

Aiming to become a global leader in the emerging $3.5 billion e-cigarette industry, closely held Victory Electronic Cigarettes Corp. began exploring options early last year to raise capital for acquisitions and position itself for growth.

Michigan’s biosciences industry outpaced the state’s economy, creating more than 2,000 new, high-paying jobs in the two-year period following the Great Recession.

After devising an ambitious expansion plan, Grand Rapids restaurateur Mark Sellers realized he needed to look beyond traditional sources of capital to support his company’s growth into new markets.

In a move that opens a broader consumer distribution network for the company, Herman Miller Inc. plans acquire a majority share of a Stamford, Conn.-based marketer and seller of furniture, lighting and accessories.

Legislation that would allow crowdfunding investors who bought into a small business to later sell their shares via an online portal awaits final consideration when lawmakers return to Lansing this fall.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 21:41

Q&A: Justin Herd, Entrepreneur

Like most students living on a limited budget, Justin Herd ate a lot of noodles in college. And that means he washed a lot of bowls, which he hated doing. So Herd came up with the “OneBowl” that you can use to cook, strain, eat and then store the leftover pasta.

A coalition of West Michigan employers wants to keep this summer’s crop of interns working in the region.

Redevelopment of the former Grand Rapids Press property in downtown could go beyond creating a biomedical research center for Michigan State University.

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