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Thanks to a combination of natural and political headwinds, the Great Lakes shipping industry is bracing itself for another season of rough sailing.

This is the MiBiz Growth Report for April 29, 2013.

Even after the Pure Michigan tourism promotion generated its best return ever in 2012, George Zimmermann believes it can drive greater dividends for the state in the years ahead.

BATTLE CREEK — A call from business and community leaders in Battle Creek to land an airlift mission at the Michigan Air National Guard (ANG) base may have fallen on deaf ears, but that won’t stop them from continuing to advocate on behalf of military personnel on the base.

Q&A: Lt. Gov. Brian Calley

Written by | Sunday, 28 April 2013 22:00 |

A recent trade mission led by Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is just the beginning of forging stronger economic ties between West Michigan and the Netherlands.

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

Written by | Sunday, 31 March 2013 22:35 |

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.

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