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Joe Boomgaard

Joe Boomgaard

Managing Editor

A combination of an unexpected decline in business in China and foreign currency exchange headwinds related to the strength of the U.S. dollar hampered sales performance and job creation last year for Ada-based direct seller Amway Corp.

Sunday, 15 February 2015 22:00

Editor's Notebook: Corporate Inclusion

When the state launched the Michigan Design Council last month, its aim was to unite the various industrial design industries around the state to promote Michigan’s prowess in the high-value sector that’s closely linked with advanced manufacturing.

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 09:41

Amway sales fell by $1B in 2014

Amway Corp. sales fell by $1 billion in 2014 compared to the previous year.

Sunday, 01 February 2015 22:00

Dinner Date

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner — Saturday, Feb. 14 — now’s the time to plan an evening out with your significant other. For those interested in a casual atmosphere and truly remarkable food on par with the best West Michigan has to offer, head over to Muskegon for a visit to Mia & Grace.

Sunday, 18 January 2015 22:00

Editor's Notebook: Ford Focused

As thousands of international journalists packed into Detroit’s crowded Cobo Hall last week for the annual North American International Auto Show, it was clear that the industry has started to act as if it has fully emerged from the doldrums of the recession and embraced the brave new world.

Sunday, 04 January 2015 21:00

Sexy sheet metal

With more than 500 production and concept vehicles on display from a range of global automakers, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit is the must-see car show of the year.

With its headquarters in Byron Center and with more than 90 stores spread throughout Michigan, SpartanNash Co. (Nasdaq: SPTN) has long been a major employer and a key retail anchor in communities across the state. But after its $1.3 billion mega-merger with Nash Finch Co. last year, the company spread its business well beyond Michigan’s borders. It now has operations in more than 40 states. Of its 16,000 associates, just half are employed in Michigan. President and CEO Dennis Eidson and Executive Vice President and CFO David Staples spoke with MiBiz about whether consumers’ behaviors have changed in the post-recession economic environment and how the company plans to deploy its capital in the new year.

The West Michigan economy thrives on the symbiotic relationship of the region’s for-profit corporations and nonprofit organizations — and, one might argue, the public sector.

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Birgit Klohs - Lifetime Achievement Video

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