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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.

The pending acquisition of Irish biotechnology company Elan Corp. has the potential to transform Perrigo Co. and provide it a platform for global expansion.

Q&A: Stephen Rapundalo, president & CEO, MichBio

Written by | Sunday, 29 September 2013 22:00 |

MichBio plans to roll out a major rebranding effort next month that’s designed to give the life science trade association a higher profile to promote the industry.

As Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine embarks on a plan to expand in downtown Grand Rapids, officials point to the school’s growing physical presence as a sign that its economic impact continues to broaden.

Results from employer surveys show that most companies in West Michigan and across the nation plan to maintain employee health coverage in 2014, opting to continue to “play” rather than “pay.”

Small employers seeking to avoid some of the mandates and taxes under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will soon have new options to pursue if they want to self-fund their employee health coverage.

Survey results show employers in West Michigan followed the same path in 2013 as past years to stem the ever-rising cost of health coverage.

Medicaid expansion one step closer to passage

Written by | Monday, 02 September 2013 22:00 |

Medicaid would expand in Michigan to cover as many as 470,000 more people who otherwise lack health insurance — helping to ease the cost of uncompensated care that’s shifted onto employers — if legislation that’s due for final consideration this week gets enacted.

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