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Displaying items by tag: The Right Place Inc

Monday, 21 June 2021 12:56

Storage manufacturing company investing $65M in new Walker facility

WALKER — Storage system manufacturer Speedrack Products Group Ltd. is expanding its Michigan operations with a nearly $65 million investment Walker.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 20 June 2021 18:50

Manufacturing veteran starts recruiting firm to meet industry’s talent needs

BYRON CENTER — As a veteran of the machine and cutting tools industry, Jeff Swift launched Swift Placement and Consulting this month to meet the talent needs of a niche manufacturing segment.

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 08 June 2021 14:52

The Right Place launches ‘Diverse Business Directory’ of West Michigan companies

GRAND RAPIDS — The Right Place Inc. has published a new digital database of businesses owned by people of color, women, veterans and people in the LGBTQ community operating in a 13-county region of West Michigan. 

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 23 May 2021 18:50

Furniture manufacturers huddle to overcome supply chain challenges

Fragile and inefficient supply chains took center stage throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and have furniture OEMs reevaluating the ways to approach this key component of their operations. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 23 May 2021 18:15

Employers embrace more flexible workplaces as in-person restrictions lift

The lifting of Michigan’s in-person work restrictions is a light at the end of the tunnel for remote workers eager to get back to the office, while others are hoping flexible work settings will stick long term.

Sunday, 09 May 2021 18:00

Municipalities and organizations play catch-up on diversity, equity and inclusion as minority business leaders seek resources

It’s been a year since social media timelines were filled with Black Lives Matter hashtags, messages of solidarity with people of color, and promises to address racism as organizations responded to the national racial justice movement.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 09 May 2021 17:20

Michigan VC industry focuses on cultivating more diversity in staff, investments

Michigan’s venture capital industry made modest strides in the last few years to create greater diversity within its ranks and in the number of startups run by women or minorities that receive investments.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 25 April 2021 17:15

Evolving technology melds generations in skilled trades, though talent gap looms

Ryan Bennett used to be bothered by apprentices staring at their phones while on the job. Now, he lets it slide.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 14 March 2021 18:30

GRAM raises profile with vaccine contract, eyes growth

GRAND RAPIDS — Producing Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine propels Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing Inc.’s growth while giving business advocates a showpiece when promoting the region.

Published in Health Care

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
Friday, 12 February 2021 17:00

‘Landmark project,’ collaboration brings Perrigo headquarters to Medical Mile

Local economic development leaders have long sought to bring a global headquarters to downtown Grand Rapids, and it will soon become a reality as  Perrigo Co. plc moves its North American corporate offices to the Medical Mile.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 31 January 2021 18:14

Efforts underway to improve broadband access in Ottawa, Kent counties

Ottawa County expects to have a better understanding later this year of exactly where gaps exist locally for broadband internet service so it can begin to address the issue.

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, 31 January 2021 15:56

Diversity-focused VC fund garners widespread attention, even before making initial investment

GRAND RAPIDS — The West Michigan venture capital fund that intends to invest in growing, minority-owned businesses has garnered attention from interested parties who want to replicate the model elsewhere in the U.S.

Published in Finance
Tuesday, 26 January 2021 13:44

GR-based VC fund targeting minority-owned companies raises $8.5M in first year

GRAND RAPIDS — The venture capital fund formed a year ago in Grand Rapids to invest in minority-owned businesses has netted $8.5 million in commitments from investors and aims to hit $10 million this year.

Published in Finance

Sunday, 03 January 2021 15:24

Thelen to lead The Right Place amid economic development ‘inflection point’

GRAND RAPIDS — Randy Thelen describes the COVID-19 pandemic as an “inflection point” that can shift the course of economic development in West Michigan.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 20 December 2020 18:05

Post-pandemic supply chain shifts could boost state’s industrial economy

Michigan’s economy could stand to benefit in the years ahead as manufacturers move to reshore work to the U.S. after dealing with severe disruptions in their foreign supply chains when the coronavirus first surfaced in China.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 15 December 2020 11:17

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber receives $100,000 Bank of America grant to help Latinx businesses

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will use a $100,000 grant from Bank of America to help businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Small Business

Thursday, 10 December 2020 14:06

Manufacturing expected to continue leading West Michigan’s economic recovery

GRAND RAPIDS — West Michigan’s economy sits well positioned heading into 2021 to continue recovering jobs lost from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts said this week.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 22 November 2020 17:00

Manufacturers deploy recruiting, certification strategies to bolster workforce

Talent gaps and workforce shortages are two issues that have dogged the manufacturing industry for years, pushing Michigan companies and their supporting organizations to develop a more robust talent pipeline in Michigan.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 22 November 2020 14:59

Member-based nonprofits bolster efforts to deliver aid to minority-owned businesses

When the coronavirus pandemic hit eight months ago, many Latinx and Black business owners missed out on federal loans and other relief because they didn’t have relationships with local bankers or didn’t have financial statements in order.

Published in Nonprofits

Tuesday, 27 October 2020 16:44

Perrigo CEO sees Grand Rapids Medical Mile as potential ‘Silicon Valley of self-care’

GRAND RAPIDS — Executives at Perrigo Co. plc believe the company’s new North American headquarters will fit in neatly with the city of Grand Rapids’ burgeoning health care sector along Medical Mile. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 25 October 2020 19:17

Panel: Rural broadband development should mirror electric grid build-out

Michigan and the nation need the same kind of concerted effort to deploy broadband internet access as 90 years ago when America set out to electrify rural areas following the Great Depression, economic developers say.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 21 October 2020 17:59

Business, community leaders reflect on ‘giant in our community’ Peter Secchia

Business and community leaders on Wednesday remembered Peter Secchia as a business leader and generous philanthropist who helped to shape West Michigan over the past several decades.

Published in Finance

Thursday, 01 October 2020 15:30

Convention center expansion, amphitheater, soccer stadium are Grand Action’s new priorities

GRAND RAPIDS — The business group that pushed several major developments over the past 25 years is now focused on a downtown convention center expansion, an amphitheater and a professional soccer stadium.

Wednesday, 30 September 2020 16:45

Grand Rapids venture capital fund secures millions for minority-owned companies

A Grand Rapids-based venture capital fund that will invest nationally in companies owned by minorities has secured commitments now totaling $6.25 million, with potentially millions more on the way.

Published in Finance
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

Tuesday, 22 September 2020 15:27

Gerber secures Renaissance Zone for $36 million Fremont expansion

FREMONT — The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved a 10-year Renaissance Zone tax abatement for Gerber Products Co.’s $36 million expansion at its Fremont facility.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 30 August 2020 18:28

Michigan Israel Business Accelerator’s new initiative to help local companies harness innovation

In a business climate in which manufacturers are pressured to stay up on the latest technology, there is little wonder why Michigan-based companies might look to Israel for best practices.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 16 August 2020 16:41

New $160M COVID-19 vaccine contract ‘takes GRAM to the next level’

GRAND RAPIDS — The $160 million federal contract to produce a COVID-19 vaccine when it’s ready elevates Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing Inc. into what Tom Ross calls the “big leagues.”

Published in Health Care

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