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Businesses across Michigan view their future business prospects with a little more optimism than a year ago, although fewer expect to hire additional employees in the next six months, according to the results from a PNC Bank survey.

As you flip through the pages of this special section highlighting the winners and finalists of our inaugural M&A, Deals and Dealmakers Awards, you’ll probably recognize many of the companies and individuals featured here. Most of them have been written up in the local media, as well as other niche business publications with names such as the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and Financial Times.

A collaboration of the Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kendall College of Art & Design and the Grand Rapids Public Museum wants to explore the possibility of creating a new K-12 school based on human-centered design thinking.

MiBiz Growth Report: Sept. 30, 2013

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MiBiz Growth Report: Sept. 16, 2013

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Q&A: Dr. Marsha Rappley

Written by | Sunday, 15 September 2013 22:00 |

As dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine since 2006, Marsha Rappley has seen the school continue to build its presence in Grand Rapids, including the Secchia Center on the Medical Mile. Now, the university is in the planning process to continue that expansion with more biomedical research space it intends to build on the former Grand Rapids Press property it purchased last year. Rappley spoke with MiBiz to discuss the school’s next phase of development.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wants the Chinese people to know all that the state can offer in terms of business, agriculture and tourism. 

MiBiz Growth Report: Sept. 3, 2013

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All eyes of municipal financial executives in West Michigan and across the state this week will focus on Oakland County.

A proposed new development could help solve one of the Muskegon’s nagging problems: its lack of density in the downtown area to support a thriving retail sector.

MiBiz Growth Report: Aug. 19, 2013

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As construction ramps up for a new bus rapid transit line in greater Grand Rapids, the area’s regional transit authority is busy studying whether it should implement a similar system along its route with the highest ridership.

MiBiz Growth Report: Aug. 5, 2013

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Saddled with an aging workforce and an inability to find skilled workers, manufacturers on the lakeshore have partnered with educational leaders to create a new program designed to excite students about careers in manufacturing and create a self-replenishing talent pool.

‘Hunting’ for business?

Written by | Sunday, 04 August 2013 22:00 |

One of the unfortunate results of the jobs and incentives race of the past decade has been the increased focus on business attraction as a magic bullet for economic growth. If there is one thing I have learned in the past 25 years as an economic development professional, it is that there are no magic bullets for economic growth.

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