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Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez

Senior Writer

While capital and credit remain more readily available these days for most small business owners, advisers need to do more to educate their clients and generate awareness of the funding options.

A new rehabilitation clinic near Calvin College’s campus is the first of what Steve Vanderkamp believes could become multiple locations in the future in the Grand Rapids area.

Mercy Health Muskegon plans to seek bids next spring on a $271.2 million expansion and renovation project that’s expected to draw high interest from contractors.

Citing a need to change how new doctors are trained, Spectrum Health wants to launch its own medical residency program. The move is prompted by an impasse in efforts to alter an existing partnership with Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, which sees the changes Spectrum Health wants as an attempt to wrest control of Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners.

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.

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