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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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