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Michigan State University researchers see 2013 shaping up as another strong year for Michigan’s tourism industry.

Downtown Grand Rapids spent a good portion of the past few years defining itself with new events, festivals, venues, eateries — the works.

The Pure Michigan tourism campaign generated its best return ever in 2012, drawing an estimated 3.8 million people to the state that spent more than $1.1 billion during their stay, according to new research data.

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Feb. 18, 2013


Based on the initial success of the Gun Lake Casino, the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians now plans to expand.

WEST MICHIGAN — Five years ago, the idea of hundreds of unfilled technology jobs in West Michigan seemed like an impossibility.

In today’s data-driven business world, size matters. And thanks to newly released information from the Census Bureau, West Michigan experienced a growth spurt.

Results from the latest survey by PNC Bank indicate economic concerns persists among owners of small and mid-sized businesses, and those worries are causing them to hold off hiring even as they expect improved sales and profits through the summer.

MiBiz Growth Report: April 1, 2013

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BATTLE CREEK — The relationship between the Battle Creek area and Japanese companies remains strong 37 years after that first Japanese company, Hi-Lex America Inc., opened in the Fort Custer Industrial Park.

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: 


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?

A compilation of business plan competitions in Michigan.

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

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