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The Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) has long advocated to make Michigan a top 10 state for jobs, personal income and a healthy economy. But a new report by the group shows that its lofty goal could be difficult to achieve given current trends.

After cutting his teeth on low-budget locally produced films, Josh Burge is moving into the big time.

After a career spanning humanitarian relief, international and community development and a stint working on a congressional campaign, Megan Sall has a wealth of work experience. Sall currently serves as a business development manager at The Right Place Inc., a Grand Rapids-based economic development firm — a position she’s held for three years. At 32, Sall also became the youngest member appointed to Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) Board of Trustees. She spoke with MiBiz about her upcoming eight-year term and the role of higher education in the region’s economy.

After working for two decades at one of the nation’s most respected medical schools, Jose Teixeira was ready for a change of scenery.

MiBiz Growth Report: Jan. 5, 2015

Written by | Sunday, 04 January 2015 15:40 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Jan. 5, 2015:

Diversity in the West Michigan economy will be the driving force behind growth in 2015. That’s according to George Erickcek, senior regional analyst at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. The message was delivered to a crowd of business leaders at the annual West Michigan Economic Outlook hosted by The Right Place Inc.

MiBiz Growth Report: Dec. 8, 2014

Written by | Sunday, 07 December 2014 23:34 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Dec. 8, 2014:

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.

MiBiz Growth Report: Nov. 24, 2014

Written by | Sunday, 23 November 2014 23:26 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Nov. 24, 2014:

If there were still any doubt that Perrigo Co. plc has become a true global player in over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, its latest international acquisition should solidify its role in the consolidating industry.

After retiring in 1996 with more than 28 years at the the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Gerhardt Muller launched a teaching career at universities across the globe including the Shanghai Maritime University in China. Muller currently works as the President of SanSail Institute, a training arm of the SanSail Group, an organization that promotes and supports the conversion of diesel shipping vessels to liquid natural gas.

Navigating global competition, creating an environment for successful entrepreneurship and dealing with increased collaboration were just a few of the subjects executives discussed at the 2014 CEO Summit sponsored by Business Leaders for Michigan.

That Grand Rapids won the nod to host the 2017 State Games of America has ramifications beyond just the economic impact that bringing in thousands of out-of-state athletes and spectators will have on the region.

A “quirk” in the law that outlines Michigan’s electronics takeback program has recyclers concerned that many old-style TVs and computer monitors could soon end up in the landfill even though they contain harmful pollutants such as lead.

MiBiz Growth Report: Nov. 10, 2014

Written by | Sunday, 09 November 2014 21:42 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Nov. 10, 2014:

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