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Fluctuating water levels remain a fact of life along the West Michigan coast and for inland lakes.

KALAMAZOO — Officials in Kalamazoo hope that a shift in structure for its Downtown Development Authority will spur new projects and encourage continued investment in placemaking initiatives.

The rising price of steel and other building materials might cause sticker shock for some developers, but the costs are doing little to curb building activity around West Michigan.

Think you know who uses coupons? Think again. Today, Generation X and Millennials are the biggest users of both digital and print coupons.

GRAND RAPIDS — The newest investment fund in West Michigan offers a new model for individual investors to take their first steps into the world of venture capital.

Immigrants play an outsized role in Michigan’s small business economy, according to a new research from the Michigan League for Public Policy.

MiBiz Growth Report: Aug. 6. 2018

Written by | Sunday, 05 August 2018 20:00 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Aug. 6. 2018.

Before Landscape Forms Inc. acquired Kornegay Design last year, the Kalamazoo-based designer and manufacturer of site furniture, accessories and lighting mulled several acquisition targets that shared its design culture and core beliefs.

KENTWOOD — For months, Advance Packaging Corp. has been trying to fill nearly two dozen openings at its facility in Kentwood.

Spurred on by changing consumer shopping habits, West Michigan grocery retailers want to make the task of shopping less of a “chore” by leveraging new technology-driven initiatives.

GRAND HAVEN — A deal for North Ottawa Community Health System’s medical group raises Mercy Health’s presence in the growing Ottawa County market where it’s been investing for a few years.

Health insurance premiums for many small employers would dip in 2019 under rate proposals filed with state regulators.

GRAND RAPIDS — After building a solid membership base in the first year, Spectrum Health wants to grow its downtown primary care practice by appealing directly to employers.

LANSING — The Michigan Retailers Association wanted to offer its members a way to keep good employees in an industry that frequently struggles with high turnover.

KALAMAZOO — Rather than rely on grants, donations or fundraisers to make money, Midwest Enterprises for the Blind Inc. takes a different approach compared to most nonprofits.

A new report by Lansing-based research firm Public Sector Consultants Inc. determined that Michigan consumers sent $18.5 billion out of state with their growing use of e-commerce. The report, commissioned by the Michigan Retailers Association, was released in conjunction with the debut of the group’s Buy Nearby campaign that aims to educate consumers on the benefits of shopping locally. The PSC report found that if consumers switched just one out of every 10 purchases to a local retailer, Michigan would stand to gain $1.2 billion annually in increased economic activity and 10,600 new jobs in the retail industry, which already employs one in five Michiganders. MRA President and CEO James Hallan spoke with MiBiz about the trade group’s focus on the benefits of shopping locally. 

One of West Michigan’s prominent contract medical device manufacturers has been acquired by a Philadelphia, Pa.-based private equity firm.

Outdoor retailer REI plans Grand Rapids store

Written by | Wednesday, 01 August 2018 09:59 |

New-to-market retailers continue to focus on the vicinity of the 28th Street-East Beltline Avenue intersection for store locations.

A West Michigan manufacturer of stand-on leaf and debris blowers has agreed to sell to Briggs & Stratton Corp.

Teleperformance USA plans to close a Grand Rapids-area customer call center, a move that will lead to 91 people losing their jobs.

Aerospace manufacturer Arconic Inc. is investing $104 million into a 103,000-square-foot expansion at its casting plant north of Muskegon.

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