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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

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

Friday, 22 January 2016 11:05

Holland nearing SmartZone approval

This past week, both the City of Holland and Holland Charter Township reviewed and unanimously approved the region’s plans to create a SmartZone district aimed at creating and growing technology-based companies and furthering entrepreneurial support.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 13:39

Franklin Partners under contract to acquire Keeler Building in downtown Grand Rapids

Franklin Partners LLC, a Naperville, Ill.-based property investment firm with two other central business district office holdings, has entered into a contract with the option to acquire the Keeler Building at 56 North Division Ave., MiBiz has learned.

Sunday, 17 January 2016 23:25

ELK Brewing of Grand Rapids plans second location in Comstock Park

Less than two years after launching in Grand Rapids, ELK Brewing LLC now plans to open a second microbrewery and restaurant in Plainfield Charter Township’s Comstock Park district, MiBiz has learned.


Friday, 15 January 2016 12:44

Chicago firm releases Grand Rapids real estate report

The report notes that the Grand Rapids-Wyoming Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) “continues to exhibit some of the strongest economic and multifamily fundamentals of any metro in the entire country.”

Thursday, 14 January 2016 11:32

Applied Imaging acquires building for expanded corporate headquarters

Grand Rapids-based office technology dealer Applied Imaging has acquired a Cascade Township office building for its new corporate headquarters.

Sunday, 10 January 2016 22:26

Growing craft breweries find capital options plentiful for funding expansion

Bartenders at Rockford Brewing Company Inc. have poured more pints of craft beer than expected in the company’s three years of operation. With production at its taproom and brewhouse in Rockford maxed out at 800 barrels of beer annually, co-founder Seth Rivard said the craft brewery will need to look outside of its existing facility to add capacity.


Sunday, 10 January 2016 22:24

Decade-long data center project could boost backlog for West Michigan contractors

With state tax changes secured, Switch Communications Group LLC now turns its attention to the decade-long buildout of its $5 billion cloud-based data center in southern Kent County.

Sunday, 10 January 2016 22:51

City of Muskegon to develop housing

With developers facing a series of complications in creating a sustainable housing market in downtown Muskegon, city government decided to take the rare move and jump into the business of commercial real estate development.

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 23:17

Q&A: Margot Dorfman, Co-Founder and CEO, U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce

The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce remains focused on advocating for policies beneficial to the country’s growing number of female entrepreneurs and small business owners. According to CEO Margot Dorfman, there’s still a great disparity in terms of access to capital and ability to procure federal government contracts for female entrepreneurs.


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