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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

Staff writer, covers real estate, economic development and small business.
Twitter: @nickrmanes
Email: [email protected]

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 08:54

Investor-backed firm to acquire Fox 17 in Grand Rapids

A new investor-backed media company has signed a deal to acquire the West Michigan Fox television affiliate.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:25

Studio Park development receives $5.5 million in state loan support

The state has approved a loan for the developers of the mixed-use Studio Park project in downtown Grand Rapids.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 10:42

Grand Rapids Mayor Bliss receives national award for small biz support

The U.S. Conference of Mayors on Monday awarded Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss its Partner America 2018 Small Business Advocate Award.


Sunday, 15 April 2018 20:48

Q&A: Bruce Barcott, Deputy Editor of Leafly, Guggenheim Fellow in nonfiction

As a veteran long-form journalist and the deputy editor of Leafly, a marijuana-focused news organization, Bruce Barcott closely tracks the states and municipalities legalizing cannabis and the various issues that come along with it. Barcott will be the guest speaker at an event  in Grand Rapids on Friday, April 20 hosted by marijuana consulting firm Canna Communications LLC. Prior to his talk, Barcott spoke with MiBiz about several of the industry trends he’s watching, as well as what states should be doing when it comes to regulating recreational marijuana, an initiative that’s likely to appear on Michigan’s November ballot.

Sunday, 15 April 2018 20:33

West Michigan tech execs discuss maturing industry, attracting new workers

West Michigan-based technology executives increasingly view the industry as an up-and-coming star of the region’s economy.

Sunday, 15 April 2018 20:22

Housing starts inch up in GR area

As developers have largely focused on apartment projects around Grand Rapids in recent years, many housing advocates say the demand for single-family homes and ownership options have gone unmet.


Friday, 13 April 2018 10:42

Catalyst Development plans 7-story, mixed-use building in downtown Kalamazoo

Developers are planning a multi-story, mixed-use development in downtown Kalamazoo that could begin to take shape this summer.

Friday, 13 April 2018 09:41

Franklin Partners puts North Monroe industrial building on the market

The owner of a 370,000-square-foot vacant industrial building north of downtown Grand Rapids has decided to put it on the market.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 16:34

Clark Hill law firm merges with Texas firm

Detroit-based law firm Clark Hill PLC, which has offices in Grand Rapids and Lansing, announced that it will merge with a Texas law firm effective Wednesday.


Monday, 09 April 2018 20:58

Younkers plans to close Grandville store

The Younkers department store in Rivertown Crossings Mall in Grandville will close later this year.

Monday, 09 April 2018 12:17

Former East Hills art gallery owner takes temporary downtown GR space

Following the February closing of his longtime art gallery in Grand Rapids’ East Hills neighborhood, Richard App plans to open a new space in the central business district — at least temporarily.

Friday, 06 April 2018 12:46

Report: West Michigan economy continues to create jobs

The economy in West Michigan continues to chug along even as companies start to feel the pricing effects of steel and aluminum tariffs.


Sunday, 01 April 2018 23:08

Cyclical construction industry creates unique challenges for succession planning

In the middle of an extended construction industry expansion across West Michigan, most contractors are focused on running their businesses, rather than transitioning them to new ownership. 

Sunday, 01 April 2018 22:47

Organizations support minority entrepreneurial initiatives in West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS –– An array of organizations in West Michigan have launched new initiatives aimed at bridging the wealth gap in a region characterized by vast income disparities.

Saturday, 31 March 2018 08:00

With new investment, Urbaneer spins out on its own

Urbaneer LLC, a provider of home furnishings geared toward smaller living units, has spun out of Rockford Construction Co. Inc.


Friday, 30 March 2018 14:25

Reports show minimal growth for Michigan economy

New economic reports show Michigan’s economy making flat to minimal growth.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 10:34

Owner of two West Michigan malls to be acquired in proposed $15 billion deal

The Chicago-based owner of two West Michigan malls has reached an agreement to sell in a deal that would reportedly create one of the largest retail property companies in the country.

Thursday, 22 March 2018 20:37

Atlanta firm identified as developer of reported Amazon distribution center

GAINES TOWNSHIP –– An industrial property firm with ties to retailer Amazon.com Inc. is the developer behind “Project Rapids,” a massive fulfillment center proposed for southern Kent County.


Tuesday, 20 March 2018 10:36

Kalamazoo Mayor Hopewell to step down next year

Bobby Hopewell, mayor of Kalamazoo since 2007, announced on Monday evening that he won’t seek re-election next year.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 09:20

Grand Rapids apartment management firm makes Minneapolis acquisition

GRAND RAPIDS –– Trillium Ventures MSV LLC, a Grand Rapids-based multifamily investment and property management firm, has acquired a 112-unit apartment property in Minneapolis.

Monday, 19 March 2018 11:24

HopCat plans second Grand Rapids-area location

GRAND RAPIDS –– BarFly Ventures LLC, the Grand Rapids-based parent company of the HopCat chain of craft beer-focused restaurants, announced Monday that it plans a second location in the area.


Sunday, 18 March 2018 18:33

Q&A: Marisa Kwiatkowski, Investigative Reporter at The Indianapolis Star

In 2016, reporters from The Indianapolis Star began publishing the “Out of Balance” investigative series that looked into years of sexual abuse allegations involving the USA Gymnastics organization. The investigation helped uncover the crimes of Larry Nassar, an athletic doctor at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University who is now serving essentially a life sentence for child sexual abuse and child pornography charges. Since the proceedings started, more than 250 former patients have said Nassar abused them. Marisa Kwiatkowski, one of The Indianapolis Star reporters who helped to expose Nassar, graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2005 and previously worked for the Grand Haven Tribune. Kwiatkowski returns to her alma mater on March 26 to discuss her involvement in the series at an event at Loosemore Auditorium. She spoke with MiBiz about the need for strong investigative journalism and other topics.

Sunday, 18 March 2018 16:32

New codes add to construction cost, could offer returns

In an era of increasing labor and material costs, Michigan contractors and building owners now face another issue that is sending construction costs higher.

Sunday, 18 March 2018 08:00

Boyne Resorts acquires 7 properties across North America

Boyne USA Inc., the Petoskey-based ski resort company that does business as Boyne Resorts, plans to acquire seven properties it currently leases and operates around North America.


Sunday, 18 March 2018 11:04

Small West Michigan towns get proactive with redevelopment plans

HUDSONVILLE –– While the redevelopment of traditional small downtowns across Michigan may look different than the activity in larger, urban settings, municipalities increasingly are defining their visions and attracting investors. 

Sunday, 18 March 2018 19:00

Sources: Amazon in talks for distribution center in Kent County

GAINES TOWNSHIP –– Developers representing an online retail behemoth are considering a 100-acre site in southern Kent County for a “massive” distribution facility, MiBiz has learned.

Thursday, 15 March 2018 15:22

Consumers Energy plans $20 million regional HQ on Grand Rapids’ west side

Jackson-based energy provider Consumers Energy plans to build a six-story, $20 million regional headquarters on Grand Rapids’ west side.


Friday, 09 March 2018 13:28

Gov. Snyder calls for more employer involvement in new workforce development initiative

As Gov. Rick Snyder works to secure a $100 million commitment for his “Marshall Plan for Talent,” he also wants to tear down silos between the education and business communities.

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 15:45

West Michigan’s pitch for Amazon HQ2 project included over $2 billion in state, local incentives

In choosing sites other than West Michigan, Amazon.com Inc. walked away from more than $2 billion in incentives offered by three West Michigan municipalities to the Seattle-based online retailer to locate in the region.

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 07:55

Meijer planning more smaller format urban stores

Meijer Inc.’s 39,000-square-foot Bridge Street Market being built west of downtown will serve as a “proof of concept” for the company’s planned expansion of smaller format urban grocery stores.


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