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Even as they continue to compare favorably to their peers in the U.S. on most measures, Michigan’s big three research universities lag in spinning out startup businesses.

Coming off its blockbuster $8.6 billion deal for Elan Corp. in Ireland, Perrigo Co. says it remains committed to a strategy built on further mergers and acquisitions.

Business executives across West Michigan feel more confident about the economy than they have at any time in more than a decade. Results from an annual Grand Valley State University survey of CEOs and business leaders in a four-county region generated a confidence index of 70.42 percent toward the end of 2013, which compares to 67.85 percent a year earlier. 

The closure of a Teleperformance USA call center in Southeast Michigan does not appear to have affected the firm’s new operations in the Grand Rapids area, according to statements from a company executive.

MiBiz Growth Report: Jan. 20, 2014

Written by | Sunday, 19 January 2014 22:25 |

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Federal legislation sponsored by a West Michigan congressman to make it easier to broker the sale or acquisition of a small business passed the U.S. House Tuesday without opposition.

MiBiz Growth Report: Jan. 6, 2014

Written by | Sunday, 05 January 2014 21:34 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth report for Jan. 6, 2014.


With a growing enrollment outpacing space in its current facility, West Michigan Aviation Academy plans to expand to accommodate up to 600 students in Grand Rapids.

MiBiz Growth Report: Dec. 9, 2013

Written by | Sunday, 08 December 2013 21:33 |

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Metrics matter

Written by | Sunday, 08 December 2013 20:21 |

Companies succeed or fail by their ability to think and act strategically. Building a strategy for growth and remaining committed to executing that strategy is critical to long-term success.

Economists project both the U.S. and Michigan economies to gain more strength in the coming year, as employment picks up and Wall Street continues charging ahead.

Michigan’s economy should continue to grow in 2014 and into 2015, adding a projected 130,000 jobs over two years, according to an annual outlook from University of Michigan’s economists.

MiBiz Growth Report: Nov. 25, 2013

Written by | Sunday, 24 November 2013 23:41 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Nov. 25, 2013.

The flight plan for a nonprofit economic development organization with deep ties to the West Michigan business community is nearing its terminal destination.

MiBiz Growth Report: Nov. 11, 2013

Written by | Sunday, 10 November 2013 23:07 |

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