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Displaying items by tag: Southwest Michigan First

Monday, 15 March 2021 10:57

MiBiz Growth Report: March 15, 2021

Here's the MiBiz growth report for March 15, 2021.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 14 March 2021 14:25

Bethany Christian adoption policy draws cautious optimism from LGBTQ advocates

GRAND RAPIDS — Bethany Christian Services’ announcement this month that it would begin to help LGBTQ parents nationwide adopt children was a major policy reversal for the global adoption agency and, for civil rights advocates, appeared to be a step toward progress.

Published in Nonprofits
Wednesday, 03 March 2021 16:47

Kalamazoo County suspends contribution to, pursues ‘better relationship’ with Southwest Michigan First

KALAMAZOO — The Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners voted 7-4 Tuesday to suspend its 2021 funding to Southwest Michigan First as the fallout continues over the organization’s brief hire of former GOP House Speaker Lee Chatfield as CEO.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 28 February 2021 16:34

Southwest Michigan First regroups after Chatfield resignation; questions remain over event center

KALAMAZOO — Former GOP House Speaker Lee Chatfield’s weeklong run as CEO of Southwest Michigan First spurred a wave of backlash from the community that has damaged the economic development organization’s reputation, officials say. 

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 22 February 2021 10:59

Chatfield resigns as Southwest Michigan First CEO after week of controversy

KALAMAZOO — Former GOP House Speaker Lee Chatfield has resigned as CEO of Southwest Michigan First, a week after his appointment generated controversy among local officials and some in the local business community.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 18 February 2021 17:41

Kalamazoo Community Foundation drops Southwest Michigan First membership as CEO backlash continues

KALAMAZOO — The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has dropped its membership with Southwest Michigan First effective immediately as backlash continues over the economic development organization’s hiring of former GOP House Speaker Lee Chatfield as its CEO.

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 17 February 2021 13:56

State awards nearly 6,000 businesses with COVID-19 relief grants

State officials announced today that nearly 6,000 Michigan businesses have received grant funding totaling $52.5 million under a COVID-19 relief program signed into law late last year.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 16 February 2021 15:11

Advocates call on Southwest Michigan First to back civil rights expansion after CEO controversy

KALAMAZOO — LGBTQ advocates say Southwest Michigan First should support expanding Michigan’s civil rights law following backlash to the appointment of its new CEO, former House Speaker Lee Chatfield.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 15 February 2021 22:51

Kalamazoo pulls Southwest Michigan First funding after Chatfield appointment

KALAMAZOO — The Kalamazoo City Commission unanimously voted to withdraw $10,000 in annual funding for Southwest Michigan First on the same day former GOP House Speaker Lee Chatfield started as the economic development organization’s CEO.

Published in Economic Development

Thursday, 11 February 2021 17:34

Former GOP House Speaker Lee Chatfield named new CEO of Southwest Michigan First

KALAMAZOO — Former Republican Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield has been named CEO of Southwest Michigan First, the economic development agency announced Thursday.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 31 January 2021 18:29

Economic development leadership changes could lend ‘fresh eyes’ to mission

West Michigan economic development organizations are in a transition period — much like the industry itself during the COVID-19 pandemic — as multiple agencies take on new leadership.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 17 January 2021 18:49

Despite new state law, no solid plans for Kalamazoo event center

KALAMAZOO — A new funding tool recently signed into law is intended to help finance an event center in downtown Kalamazoo, but it’s unclear if there is a desire or solid plans to move forward with the venue.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 06 December 2020 18:00

MEDC pilot program seeks to connect corporate purchasers with small biz during holidays

Calls to support small businesses during the holiday shopping season have perhaps never been louder than this year.

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 29 September 2020 13:42

State COVID-19 relief grants reach thousands of West Michigan small businesses

Thousands of small businesses across West and Southwest Michigan have received grant funding from a state COVID-19 relief program.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 10 August 2020 15:30

Thousands seek small biz pandemic relief grants in West Michigan

Nearly 4,000 small businesses across a 13-county region of West Michigan have applied for state pandemic relief grants.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 02 August 2020 19:25

SBAM backs legislation to provide liability protection to businesses during pandemic

If an employer follows the rules and complies with requirements to maintain a safe workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic, business advocates argue the company should not have to face liability claims if someone there contracts the coronavirus.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 15 July 2020 04:54

State launches $115M grant program for small biz, agriculture relief

A pair of state grant funds totaling $115 million launches today as another source of financial assistance for small businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Small Business
Thursday, 07 May 2020 05:07

Federal grants bring $1.7M to West Michigan brownfield sites

Calhoun County has received $1.1 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to support brownfield redevelopment projects in Battle Creek and Albion.


Friday, 27 March 2020 17:09

Stimulus law directs $350B in support for small biz

The historic $2 trillion federal economic stimulus bill signed into law Friday contains $350 billion in loans for small businesses that could transition into grants.

Published in Small Business
Friday, 27 March 2020 13:15

Applications now open for Michigan small business grants, loans

Michigan’s loan and grant program for small businesses affected by the coronavirus is now accepting applications, state officials announced today.

Published in Small Business
Saturday, 09 November 2019 08:29

Growth Report: Nov. 9, 2019

Here is the growth report for November 9, 2019.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 15 September 2019 19:30

Michigan’s attractiveness grows among aerospace manufacturers

Michigan is the most attractive state in the Midwest for new aerospace manufacturing businesses.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 16 June 2019 12:00

New med device company looks to build out product line

A new medical device company in Kalamazoo plans to begin building a business around a product acquired from Stryker Corp. to treat a painful and potentially life-threatening condition.

Published in Health Care
Thursday, 02 May 2019 09:54

Forman Glass to relocate production line to Southwest Michigan

Forman Glass LLC, a Comstock Charter Township-based glass and glazing company, is relocating production of its window and entrance frames from Ft. Wayne, Ind. to Southwest Michigan.

Published in Manufacturing

Friday, 19 April 2019 09:03

Vicksburg injection molder plans $3 million expansion

Miniature Custom Manufacturing LLC, a high-volume injection molding manufacturer, is expanding its plant in the township of Vicksburg, 15 miles south of Kalamazoo.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 28 October 2018 15:12

Ka-Zoo Angels offers funding options to SW Michigan entrepreneurs

KALAMAZOO — The Kalamazoo affiliate of Grand Angels easily exceeded expectations after launching more than a year ago.

Published in Small Business
Friday, 31 August 2018 20:48

JUST SAY NO? Despite legal framework, West Michigan economic developers avoid marijuana business

In politically conservative Calhoun County, Scott Fleming embraces the economic potential of legal marijuana businesses.

Published in Economic Development

Saturday, 09 June 2018 16:27

Parfet says municipal foundation model taking hold in Kalamazoo

MACKINAC ISLAND — It’s been nearly one year since Kalamazoo became a “laboratory” for a new form of philanthropy-backed municipal finance.

Published in Economic Development
Saturday, 09 June 2018 16:02

Michigan leaders urge forward-thinking policy, investments at Mackinac conference

MACKINAC ISLAND — Michigan political and business leaders generally agree that the state’s infrastructure, workforce development and talent efforts need further investment. 

Published in Economic Development
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.

Published in Breaking News

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