Grand Rapids-based Blackford Capital plans to launch a second private equity fund later this year that, like its predecessor, will focus on investing in manufacturing businesses in Michigan, MiBiz has learned.
If two recent examples are any indication, companies in West Michigan seem attracted to the promise of securities-based crowdfunding, but often find better and more lucrative offers from traditional investment avenues.
Just eight months after launching the company to acquire a portion of Johnson Controls Inc.’s automotive interiors unit, Motus Integrated Technologies LLC has cut a deal to expand its business.
As Byron Center-based SpartanNash Co. continues to focus on integrating the two food distribution and grocery retail operations that it merged 15 months ago, executives say they could be ready to consider additional acquisitions after another three months.
Selling a business requires a lot of preparation that many owners don’t always go through prior to pursuing a prospective buyer.
Rick DeVos formed Start Garden and its predecessors, 5x5 Night and Momentum, to change the entrepreneurial and investment culture in West Michigan.
As it works to close two deals, Chemical Financial Corp. wants to increase its number of outstanding shares to finance pending mergers and perhaps structure future acquisitions.
Commercial lending by credit unions could get a boost through an agreement between two federal agencies that would increase access to credit for small businesses.
The regional economic recovery “is one of the most impressive across the Midwest region,” led by the manufacturing sector that’s now followed by expansion in other industries, according to the latest PNC outlook that covers a broad market that includes Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Lansing.
As the availability of venture capital increases further in Michigan, investors are steering more money and cutting more deals to invest in technology-based sectors.
Raising $10.6 million provides Grand River Bank’s parent company with added capital to drive further growth and pursue new business as some competitors are either now part of larger banks or are merging into larger institutions.
For any business owner who’s seeking a buyer and worries about what will happen to his or her company in the long term, cutting a deal with another family could very well represent an option to consider.
Venture capital investors put almost twice the amount of money into Michigan companies in 2014 as they did the year before, continuing the industry’s momentum.
With the integration of the former Firstbank Corp. nearly complete following the acquisition last summer, Mercantile Bank Corp. moved into 2015 targeting loan and revenue growth across a far broader market.
The driving force behind Lake Michigan Financial Corp.’s proposed $184.1 million sale to Chemical Financial Corp. represents a contrast to what’s been driving most of the consolidation in the banking industry.
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