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Displaying items by tag: Southwest Michigan First

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
Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:01

DÉJÀ VU? MPI Research sale expected to benefit SW Michigan, despite loss of HQ

MATTAWAN — The proposed sale of MPI Research Inc. to Charles River Laboratories International Inc. for $800 million would end local ownership for a company that’s one of the largest employers in the greater Kalamazoo area.

Published in Breaking News

Friday, 12 January 2018 14:18

Southwest Michigan First, Discover Kalamazoo resolve dispute over use of 269

A nearly year-long federal court case between two Kalamazoo-area economic development organizations over the use various iterations of “269” in publications and marketing materials has been dismissed.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 15 October 2017 20:00

Life after Palisades: Despite extension to keep nuclear plant open until 2022, SW Mich. braces for economic impact

COVERT — Officials in Van Buren County felt a sense of relief last month when one of its largest employers and sources of tax revenue pledged to stay in the community for four more years.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 15:14

Newell Brands plans $7.3 million expansion in Kalamazoo

Newell Brands Inc. plans to invest $7.3 million and create 87 new jobs as part of an expansion at its R&D facility in Kalamazoo.

Published in Breaking News

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 14:22

‘Good Jobs’ legislation passes Michigan House

Controversial economic development legislation passed the Michigan House on Wednesday afternoon, setting the stage for Gov. Rick Snyder’s likely signature.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 25 June 2017 20:33

MiBiz Growth Report: June 26, 2017

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for June 26, 2017:

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 05 March 2017 20:07

Role for economic developers moves beyond corporate attraction, retention as economy shifts

Economic developers from West Michigan and across the state increasingly find their roles shifting.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 19 February 2017 18:00

WMU innovation institute bolsters product design talent pool

KALAMAZOO — Western Michigan University will launch a new product design institute to create a hub of designers in Southwest Michigan and supply local companies with talent.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 12 February 2017 20:00

Bill would ease process for companies in Michigan border towns to receive incentives

Legislation that passed the state Senate last Thursday seeks to level the playing field for economic development organizations trying to attract companies to Michigan’s border communities.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 08 January 2017 15:41

Proposed Exchange Building leads push for downtown housing in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO — It may have taken five years, but the partners behind one of the largest mixed-use projects in downtown Kalamazoo finally have secured the financing they need for the development. 


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