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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:

Publicly traded restaurant operator Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. is serving up quick, steady growth as it acquires Wendy’s hamburger franchises across the country. And it’s hungry for more.

Rising Lake Michigan water levels have translated into increased business for at least one Muskegon-based shipping company.

MiBiz Growth Report: Oct. 27, 2014

Written by | Sunday, 26 October 2014 21:41 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Oct. 27, 2014:

Job growth to slow in fourth quarter

Written by | Thursday, 23 October 2014 07:46 |

University of Michigan economists expect data to show the state experienced “solid” job growth in the third quarter after a slow start to 2014, then continue at a slower rate until the end of the year and the beginning of 2015.

Development of the Port of Muskegon was voted as the top priority going into 2015 for the West Michigan Prosperity Alliance at its monthly public meeting for October.

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