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Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez

Senior Writer

Small and mid-sized business owners remain relatively optimistic about their prospects during this fall and winter, although slightly fewer intend to hire and the number of them who expect lower sales grew, according to the latest results of a semi-annual survey by PNC Bank.

M&A activity remains strong heading toward the last quarter of 2015, sustaining a seller’s market as financial and strategic buyers compete for good deals.

The newest venture capital fund based in West Michigan will seek to partner with other investors in the state to tap their expertise and additional pools of money.

The medical campus that Spectrum Health and Holland Hospital plan to develop in the Grand Haven area marks the first significant project since the two organizations signed a collaboration agreement more than a year and a half ago.

As it tries to fend off a hostile takeover bid by Mylan N.V., Perrigo Co. plc intends to push ahead with a growth strategy based on new product development and acquisitions.

Job growth across a wide labor market in the central and west Michigan areas — including Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing — is now “peaking,” as the auto industry hits a cyclical high, Comerica chief economist Robert Dye wrote.

Mercy Health Muskegon has the green light from corporate parent Trinity Health to proceed with a $271.2 million expansion and renovation that would consolidate inpatient medical care at a single campus.

Both sides in Mylan N.V.’s hostile takeover bid for Perrigo Co plc now claim in lawsuits that the other party is intentionally misleading investors.

The Federal Reserve’s decision to hold interest rates low disappointed a couple of local economists who say it sends the wrong message about the state of the U.S. economy.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York asks a judge to declare information that Mylan sent to Perrigo shareholders as “materially false and misleading” and in violation of federal securities laws.

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