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Anxiety and uncertainty: Fallout from Trump administration’s plan to rescind DACA
West Michigan educators and at least one business group say the Trump administration’s plan to rescind the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program already is leading to anxiety and uncertainty.
Balancing current needs with future investments, West Michigan auto suppliers plot strategies
GRAND RAPIDS — While the automotive sector may be nearing the end of a strong sales cycle, West Michigan-based suppliers remain bullish on the industry.
Adtegrity eyes growth with acquisition of Media Place Partners
Two advertising services companies have joined forces in a bid to create a “one-stop shopping” experience for their clients.
Grand Rapids coffee roaster under new ownership
GRAND RAPIDS — The new owner of Schuil Coffee Co. LLC hopes to leverage nearly two decades of experience in the packaged food and e-commerce industries to grow the 36-year-old roastery.
Dispute over 3.3 miles of CSX track in GR could cost some rail customers
GRAND RAPIDS — A dispute over 3.3 miles of railroad track running through the city could soon be coming to an end.
M&A market shift ahead?
M&A professionals say deal volume remains strong heading into mid year with more buyers in the market than sellers.
West Michigan ammunition equipment maker sues UAE-held firm in contract dispute
HASTINGS — A West Michigan ammunition equipment manufacturer wants an arms maker owned by the United Arab Emirates to pay up.
Spate of store closures spurs debt worries for retail property owners
The retail real estate sector could be on the verge of a major upheaval, beyond the near steady stream of headlines about brick-and-mortar store closures and bankruptcies in recent weeks.
Agency files RICO case against GR firm over scheme to strip low-income rent restrictions
GRAND RAPIDS — A lawsuit filed last week alleges a West Michigan real estate firm engaged in racketeering and other fraudulent practices in order to charge higher rents at properties intended for affordable housing.
EXPLORING THE TRIBAL ADVANTAGE: How non-tribal companies can benefit from working with West Michigan tribes
Because Native American tribes are sovereign nations, they’re tax-exempt and have their own statutes and regulations, although they must follow federal law. Tribally owned firms also are exempt from state and federal income taxes.
Optimism in an changing industry: West Michigan auto dealers maintain positive outlook, despite plateauing sales forecast
Despite entering a period of plateauing vehicle sales, West Michigan car dealers remain optimistic even as they wrestle with consolidation and the need to upgrade their facilities.
More of the same? Seller’s market largely unfazed by rising interest rates, politics as deal flow keeps pace
Professionals working in mergers and acquisitions in West Michigan expect strong deal flow to continue in 2017, maintaining a seller’s market.
Agencies question GR firm’s tactics to convert low-income housing to market rate
GRAND RAPIDS — The conversion of several low-income properties to market-rate apartments by a West Michigan-based property investor has raised concerns in Lansing and Washington, D.C.
Diversity, uncertainty top of mind for West Michigan small biz executives
From craft distilling to artisan food to retailing to niche publishing firms, West Michigan’s small business executives are genuinely upbeat as they look to 2017.
Herman Miller alleges Canadian firm unlawfully sold knock-off Eames products
ZEELAND — In a new lawsuit, a West Michigan office furniture manufacturer accuses a Canadian company of producing and selling knock offs of one of the industry’s iconic designs.
Cautious optimism continues as automotive industry evolves
The automotive industry rapidly approaches a convergence point.
Varnum offers another $1 million in legal services to Michigan startups
Grand Rapids law firm Varnum LLP has pledged another $1 million in free legal services to startups in Michigan.
PE firms look for add-on deals for manufacturers, head down market
After a banner year for deal flow, the merger and acquisition market seems to have tempered slightly in 2016.
Federal regulators ease burden to launch new banks
When Mike Price and his colleagues formed Mercantile Bank Corp. nearly 20 years, they faced a vastly different landscape versus what exists today.