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Sunday, 26 March 2023 09:28

In 6 months, GR Chamber program builds ties, belonging for minority-owned biz

When Laura Hopson moved her industrial supply business from Lansing to Grand Rapids in 2020, she had an “intentional strategy” to connect with the local chamber of commerce and leverage networking opportunities with like-minded business owners.

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 07 March 2023 09:45

Michigan poised to exempt sales tax on delivery, installation services

LANSING — Michigan is poised to stop taxing delivery and installation services if they are separately stated on the invoice following a legislative deal to authorize $1.3 billion in new spending.

Published in Finance
Wednesday, 01 February 2023 12:57

Younger demographics play in GR’s favor with 2023 economic outlook

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids area’s relatively large number of young people, steady automotive sector and resilient housing market could all help the region avoid a potential recession looming over the nation this year.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 18 December 2022 18:00

Talent, economic development and playing defense: Biz advocates prepare for new landscape in Lansing

As Democrats prepare to control both the executive and legislative branches of state government for the first time in 40 years, business advocates hope to find common ground on issues such as talent and economic development.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 13 December 2022 17:14

Whitmer signs 4-bill housing package into law

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed into law a bipartisan four-bill package that expands incentives to build more affordable housing across the state.

Thursday, 10 November 2022 19:29

State House lawmakers pass housing bill package backed by biz, construction groups

LANSING — The Michigan House of Representatives passed four bills today aimed at creating more workforce housing projects across the state and addressing bottlenecks in housing development.

Wednesday, 19 October 2022 14:05

Officials seek more employers to grow affordable child care program statewide

A public-private initiative formed to make child care affordable for working parents in Michigan has begun moving from the pilot stage to full implementation.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 06 October 2022 14:32

Q&A: West Michigan’s first Black-founded, Black-led community foundation takes root

Ciarra Adkins formed the first Black-founded and Black-led community foundation in West Michigan with a primary goal to shift the narrative about Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and philanthropy. Specifically, she wants to advance the notion that these residents are not simply “receivers” of funds, but also serve as “distributors.”

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 28 August 2022 16:00

People in the News: Aug. 29, 2022

People in the News: A roundup of new hires, promotions and awards in West Michigan.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 28 August 2022 18:03

Experts debate public pandemic relief funding for ‘missing middle’ housing

As the statewide affordable housing shortage shows little signs of easing in the near term, different schools of thought have emerged on how to solve the issue. Those include supporting new housing at every price point, or focusing limited public resources on the lowest-income households.

Sunday, 31 July 2022 18:00

‘BEHIND THE BUBBLE’: Housing underproduction in Michigan worsens

Arecently published study from Up for Growth, a national housing advocacy and research group, found housing underproduction in Michigan has reached 87,491 homes — a 311-percent increase since 2012. 

Thursday, 16 June 2022 18:09

State lawmakers advance key housing bill package to help resolve supply shortage

State lawmakers this week advanced a housing bill package that seeks to make it easier for developers to build new projects and address a widespread need for housing at various price points.

Tuesday, 07 June 2022 14:46

Kent County names first coordinator of immigrant, refugee Welcome Plan

Kent County has appointed Hollin De La Cruz as its welcome plan coordinator, a newly created position to oversee the county’s formal efforts to welcome immigrants and refugees.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 05 June 2022 18:08

Workforce housing a growing need for employers entering tourism season

More Michigan businesses are offering their employees housing solutions to prepare for peak tourism season this summer as hospitality and seasonal workers continue to be priced out of living near their employer. 

Wednesday, 04 May 2022 18:56

Gazelle Sports expansion a ‘monster bonus’ for downtown Grand Rapids retail

GRAND RAPIDS — When Richard App started his role as retail retention and attraction specialist at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce in January 2020, Gazelle Sports was on his list of retailers he hoped to bring downtown.

Sunday, 24 April 2022 18:35

People in the News: April 25, 2022

Here is the MiBiz People in the news report for April 25, 2022 

Published in Talent
Sunday, 24 April 2022 17:54

Lyoya killing raises questions about Boston Square developments, immigrant welcome plan

GRAND RAPIDS — Patrick Lyoya’s death took place in a Grand Rapids neighborhood long traumatized by icy police-community relations that’s also in the process of a major redevelopment to help overcome long standing underinvestment.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 10 April 2022 18:52

Talent competition places DEI under closer scrutiny

Diversity, equity and inclusion has emerged as an “important pressure point” in the past two years as companies compete for talent and regional economic development organizations seek to attract and retain industries, consultants and business advocates say.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 27 March 2022 18:56

Restaurants embrace e-commerce as consumer habits permanently shift

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, none of Davide Uccello’s four West Michigan restaurants offered an online ordering option. Today, at least half of his restaurant’s takeout and delivery orders are placed online.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 13 March 2022 18:53

Advocates seek minority voices, opportunity with 12 ‘transformational’ projects

Regional business and economic development leaders recently announced a list of 12 “transformational” projects that could reshape Kent County’s ability to attract visitors, new residents and employers.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 13 March 2022 18:36

Tax cut plans come as Michigan’s business tax climate ranks favorably

Michigan’s business tax climate ranks comparatively well to other states, and business advocates say election-year tax cuts proposed in Lansing could further improve that standing.

Published in Finance

Sunday, 27 February 2022 18:37

Two West Michigan nonprofits named ‘hubs’ for state child care pilot program

pilot child care program expansion will help West Michigan parents find affordable child care, tackling one factor that has contributed to labor shortages and employees’ difficulty returning to work.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 27 February 2022 18:21

MDOT study of U.S. 131 to balance industrial, placemaking concerns

GRAND RAPIDS —  The Michigan Department of Transportation has launched an online survey seeking public feedback on potential redesign strategies for a contentious segment of US-131 between 28th Street and Wealthy Street. 

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 02 February 2022 17:14

GR economic outlook shows slowed growth in 2022 linked to supply chain, inflation, talent

GRAND RAPIDS — Businesses in Grand Rapids, particularly in the service industry, expect slowed economic growth later this year as interest rates likely rise and labor and supply chain challenges continue.

Published in Economic Development

Monday, 31 January 2022 16:43

Future health care costs in focus as Spectrum, Beaumont finalize merger

The new health system that Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health plan to launch Tuesday will have considerable market clout in the Michigan health care market, raising concerns about the potential effect on costs.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 30 January 2022 14:00

Tax cut negotiations on deck between Whitmer, Republicans

Competing proposals from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republicans who control the Legislature put tax cuts on the election-year agenda in Lansing.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 16 January 2022 18:00

Biz groups quiet on economic implications of abortion restrictions

The longstanding U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which has protected abortion access before fetal viability for 49 years, is set to be directly challenged this year. 

Published in Economic Development

Thursday, 13 January 2022 17:41

Biz groups welcome halt to ‘sweeping and disruptive’ federal vaccine mandate for large employers

Business advocates hailed Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that halted President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for larger employers.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 19 December 2021 19:00

Historic federal funding influx forces decision making by state, local policymakers

If there’s any certainty about 2022, it’s that Michigan policymakers will have billions of federal dollars to distribute for infrastructure and economic development. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 05 December 2021 16:45

New tools emerge to aid in affordable housing development

The lack of affordable housing has been a highly discussed topic at the local and state levels this past year as the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated an already tight market.

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