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Grand Rapids-based The Geek Group and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) have announced a new partnership aimed at preparing students for work in the skilled trades.

Keith Brophy, a tech entrepreneur who previously ran a firm that developed a health care mobile app, began his new role today as state director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center.

Work on the 80,000-square-foot, three-story office will begin in the late summer and is targeted for completion in 2017 on a 22-acre site at I-94, Ninth Street and Elm Valley Drive in the Groves business park.

Perrigo Co. plc’s latest big acquisition closes March 30, significantly expanding the company’s European base.

Bell’s Brewery Inc. Founder Larry Bell spoke at length with MiBiz Editor Brian Edwards about the Kalamazoo-based brewer's trademark dispute. 

Bell’s Brewery, Inc. made numerous attempts over the past year to settle a trademark dispute with a small microbrewery in North Carolina, but every offer was rebuffed, Bell’s Founder Larry Bell told MiBiz.

A Southfield-based tier one automotive supplier with a presence in West Michigan filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today in the Southern District of New York bankruptcy court.

Two residential realty firms merge

Written by | Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:05 |

Grand Rapids-based residential realty firm The West Michigan Group has merged with Grand Rapids-based Greenridge Realty Inc., according to a statement. Both firms are locally owned and operated, and both are family-owned.

A number of high-profile developments in Grand Rapids’ central business district took steps forward at this morning’s Downtown Development Authority meeting. The DDA contributed just under $4.8 million to four different projects.

Coopersville-based Keyser’s Port City Racing Inc. recently announced its acquisition of Pro-Blend Motorsports Products of North Carolina. The manufacturer of specialty, high-performance products, primarily for the automotive industry, made the acquisition in order to expand its product portfolio into performance lubricants.

Nearly a year after Bell’s Brewing Inc. filed a federal trademark opposition against a small microbrewery in Sylva, N.C, the Kalamazoo-based company has found itself in the middle of a negative social media storm.

Traverse City-based wildlife control franchisor Critter Control Inc. has been acquired by Rollins Inc. of Atlanta.

A Holland-based manufacturer of industrial machinery for the agricultural and food processing industries was recently acquired by A&B Packing Equipment Inc. of Lawrence, Mich.

Electronic Cigarettes International Group, Ltd. (OTCBB: ECIG) said shareholders voted at special meeting today to allow its board to initiate a reverse stock split, but didn’t pass a measure to increase the company’s authorized shares.

Manpower Inc. projects that the Grand Rapids-Wyoming MSA will have the third-best hiring market on the nation in the second quarter.

The West Olive-based Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator has received a $25,000 donation from one of the state’s largest public utilities.

Backed by a new $100,000 grant from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids Inc. plans to purchase a new food truck.

Former U.S. Senator from Michigan Carl Levin plans to join the Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP law firm in April.

Former Stryker CEO John Brown and his wife, Rosemary Brown, have donated $2 million to the Kirk Newman Art School at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, according to a statement.

Lansing bank CEO joins Davenport board

Written by | Friday, 06 March 2015 09:09 |

Paula Cunningham, the CEO of Lansing-based Capitol National Bank, has joined the board of trustees for Davenport University.

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