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Survey data shows manufacturers in the Holland-Zeeland area performed well in 2012, compared to their peers in the Midwest and around the nation, and look forward to more growth in the next few years. 

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for March 18, 2013: 


Gov. Rick Snyder’s appointment of a Macomb County judge brings another new justice to the Michigan Supreme Court.

A compilation of business plan competitions in Michigan.

Elevator pitch contests and business plan competitions are practically a growth industry in Michigan these days. But are they effective at training entrepreneurs to actually launch their business ideas and get funding?

MiBiz Growth Report: March 4, 2013

Written by | Sunday, 03 March 2013 22:28 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for March 4, 2013.


KALAMAZOO – The ABCs of the importance of early childhood education is a lesson many area business leaders have already learned.

An ambitious five-year strategic plan for Michigan’s $17.7 billion tourism industry aims to draw far more travelers to the state and would begin to take the “Pure Michigan” brand around the world.

The Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce and Southwest Michigan First in January announced that they had inked an alliance agreement that leveraged the strengths of both organizations. At the heart of the agreement was a shared focus on education and supporting small businesses — and a key executive, Tim Terrentine, who will straddle both organizations.

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget proposals for the next fiscal year that steer funding to expand Medicaid and that upgrade the state’s aging road system are sure to generate the most debate among lawmakers.

GRAND RAPIDS — When the Michigan Economic Development Corp. awarded a $450,000  “economic gardening” grant to Grand Rapids-based Local First of West Michigan in January, the move raised more than a few eyebrows among local economic developers and chamber executives.

Michigan needs to spend another $1 billion on higher education to produce graduates with the advanced skills needed for the 21st century economy, contends Business Leaders for Michigan. 

If nothing else, Gov. Rick Snyder’s focus on improving funding for Michigan’s aging roads and bridges positions the issue toward the top of the agenda in Lansing.

MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 4, 2013

Written by | Sunday, 03 February 2013 22:27 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth report for Feb. 4, 2013. 

Mid Michigan will soon have its own business model competition that will give Michigan entrepreneurs the chance to win $50,000 in cash prizes plus rub elbows with angel and venture capital investors that could fund their dream projects even more.

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