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Global demand for its products presented a challenge for Grand Rapids-based HelloLife LLC, a marketer of FDA-registered, homeopathic medicines.

ACA forces employers to rethink benefits, hiring plans

Written by | Sunday, 16 February 2014 22:37 |

One major consideration for employers in setting up benefits packages is the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

In the so-called “war for talent,” small businesses are finding that their culture and work environment can be as important to candidates as the pay and benefits they’re offering.

Small business owners with a good track record and who put plenty of preparation into their loan applications should find a favorable credit environment and better loan cost structures in the year ahead.

Credit unions continue to grow small biz lending

Written by | Sunday, 05 January 2014 20:02 |

Business lending by credit unions surged during most of 2013, a trend that’s expected to continue into 2014 and beyond as the economy further improves and more institutions start offering commercial loans.

2013 brought with it a series of changes in tax laws that investors need to consider as they close out the year — if they haven’t done so already.

Wall Street’s surge during the last year has stocks back in favor.

Corporate conventions and industry meetings used to be about getting as many professionals in one high-profile city as possible, exposing them to multi-day events and other resource-heavy endeavors.

Party budgets haven’t necessarily rebounded to what they were in pre-recession days, but local venues and managers feel cautiously optimistic about the return of the annual tradition.

The dos and don’ts of the office holiday party

Written by | Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:00 |

Ready to bring back the office fete after a recession-induced hiatus? Below, four West Michigan event planning experts weigh in on office party best practices.

Big data is transforming the logistics industry and enabling service providers to offer sophisticated supply chain management tools to more middle market companies.

Logistics companies and economic developers want to study the local logistics industry so they can band together to better advocate for the sector and forge collaborations.

The little more than $1 million raised from investors this summer, coupled with $3 million in federal grant funding, moves Tetra Discovery Partners closer to conducting human clinical trials for a new drug that it’s developing to treat neurological conditions and brain trauma.

A number of organizations in West Michigan’s life sciences cluster announced strides forward recently, from securing capital to research breakthroughs and advances in their product developments.

After a decade in operation, it could be time rethink West Michigan’s two life sciences incubators to better support growth in the industry.

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