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This year’s local Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) student competition, known as the ACG Cup, has a new twist.

Startup School

Written by | Sunday, 19 January 2014 20:38 |

West Michigan’s colleges and universities are adding programs and contests aimed at budding entrepreneurs. From curriculums with an entrepreneurial emphasis to pitch and business plan competitions, the region’s institutes of higher education are building business programs that put academic theory into real-life practice.

Does an MBA make sense for a small biz owner?

Written by | Sunday, 19 January 2014 20:33 |

Teaching people how to be entrepreneurs is in vogue at business schools these days. Across the country, colleges and universities are scurrying to create entrepreneurship programs as traditional MBA offerings like finance lose some of their luster. But what about teaching people who already are entrepreneurs?

Incentives offered by four West Michigan colleges are helping make a college degree more of a reality for students attending Westwood Middle School and Harrison Park School.

Customization is entering a new arena in higher education.

Q&A: Carlos Sanchez, Ferris State University

Written by | Sunday, 21 July 2013 22:00 |

That the West Michigan business community wants to hire and interact more with the Latino community is a sentiment Carlos Sanchez got used to hearing, having served as the director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for four years.

Companies embrace workplace play

Written by | Thursday, 09 May 2013 16:15 |

Stuffy is out, fun is in. That general trend in office culture has been taking shape for a couple of decades, but it’s becoming more pronounced as companies struggle to attract young creative talent and inspire their workforce.

Law firms in the Grand Rapids area made modest improvements between 2011 and 2012 in diversifying their ranks amid hope of greater gains to come by collectively focusing on the issue.

Varnum overhauls management structure

Written by | Sunday, 09 December 2012 23:57 |

A new management structure at Varnum LLP that begins with the new year is designed to streamline the law firm’s administration in a post-recession world.

Helping the community is not just something Dolores Trese does in her free time as a way to give back. It’s a way of life.

Having spent the first part of her career as a sales and marketing executive in the computer and software industry, Cheryl Schuch found herself looking for a change when her family moved back to West Michigan from Chicago.

What started as a surprise 40th birthday party in 2010 for chef Tommy FitzGerald has turned into an annual event benefiting many hungry children around West Michigan.

Sometimes all a person needs is a second chance, and that’s exactly what Hope Network is trying to give to men who are nearing release from the Kent County Jail.

Helping small businesses and startups is just what Doris Drain does.

In an ever-tightening race for talent, businesses that learn how to manage through on-the-job problems can have a leg up on the competition.

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