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Displaying items by tag: Western Michigan University

Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:00

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.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 03 September 2017 16:53

State court could clarify which nonprofits can claim tax-exempt status

GRAND RAPIDS — Adding clarity to the definition of the word “charitable” as it applies to Michigan nonprofits could enable more organizations to claim tax-exempt status.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 20 August 2017 10:18

Meijer to restructure I.T. department amid changing retail landscape

WALKER — Amid intense competition in the retail grocery sector, Meijer Inc. will trim and restructure its information technology services (ITS) staff in the coming months, MiBiz has learned.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 06 August 2017 15:59

Q&A: Dr. Edward Montgomery, President of Western Michigan University

Dr. Edward Montgomery began his tenure as Western Michigan University’s ninth president last week, taking over from former President John Dunn who stepped down after a decade in the role. Montgomery joins WMU after a career in a variety of positions both within and outside academia. An economist by training, Mongomery most recently served as the dean of the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. He also worked in both the Clinton and Obama administrations, serving as the “Auto Recovery Czar” during the latter president’s term in office. Less than two days into his new position, Montgomery spoke with MiBiz about his background in higher education and his plans for the university going forward.

Published in Q&A
Friday, 14 July 2017 11:23

Lansing Community College partners with Delta on aviation maintenance program

A Mid-Michigan community college has partnered with a major U.S. airline on an aircraft maintenance program.

Published in Breaking News
Monday, 26 June 2017 12:36

Kalamazoo apartment complex sells to out-of-state owners

Grand Rapids-based commercial brokerage Beacon Realty Group LLC has closed a deal bringing the Mansard House Apartment complex in Kalamazoo under new, undisclosed ownership.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 18 June 2017 12:00

Amazon-Whole Foods deal could shake up grocery industry

News on Friday that Amazon.com Inc. planned to buy struggling organic food retailer Whole Foods Market Inc. sent shockwaves through the grocery industry, including in West Michigan.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 11 June 2017 20:00

GVSU’s new Design Thinking Academy aims to embed design culture in local companies

GRAND RAPIDS — Over his storied career, John Berry has advocated for the benefits of incorporating design principles outside of traditional creative industries. Now, Berry is taking that vision one step further at Grand Valley State University with the new Design Thinking Academy, where he serves as director. The academy spun off from the university’s Design Thinking Initiative that launched in 2014.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 28 May 2017 16:33

WMU forges aviation maintenance training partnership with Delta Airlines

BATTLE CREEK — Through a new partnership with one of the world’s largest commercial airline carriers, Western Michigan University hopes to become a premier institution for training aircraft maintenance personnel.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 28 May 2017 16:20

Pitch competitions prepare budding entrepreneurs for real world businesses

His first business presented workshops on renewable energy at elementary schools and included solar power kits students could assemble.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 28 May 2017 16:19

Liberal arts colleges establish engineering programs through partnerships

As demand for engineering talent continues to intensify, some West Michigan liberal arts colleges are partnering with larger state-funded institutions to add niche programs to their curricula.

Published in Talent
Saturday, 29 April 2017 06:00

Alienating consumers? Craft brewers clamp down on inappropriate beer names, labels

Saugatuck Brewing Co. thought it was being edgy in 2011 when it coined the name “Hop on a Blonde” for its new blonde ale.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 12:04

WMU names Georgetown dean as new president

Edward Montgomery, dean and a professor of economics at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, will become Western Michigan University’s next president this summer.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 19 March 2017 16:15

Dunn reflects on tenure as WMU president

On June 30, John Dunn will step down as president of Western Michigan University after a decade on the job. Over the course of his tenure, Dunn ushered in a new era for the Kalamazoo-based university, playing a key role in striking a partnership with the Cooley Law School and creating the private Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Under Dunn, WMU increased its minority enrollment from 10 percent of the student body in 2007 to 22 percent now. At the same time, WMU’s international student population doubled to 1,833 students. During a visit to Grand Rapids as part of a 10-day farewell tour across the state, Dunn spoke with MiBiz about his accomplishments at WMU and his plans for retirement.

Published in Q&A
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, 19 February 2017 18:00

University officials, students keeping close eye on immigration ban developments

As President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries continues to play out in the courts, university administrators and international students in West Michigan say they’re keeping vigilant.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 19 February 2017 17:58

Micro-LAM pursues growth with $1.75 million capital raise

BATTLE CREEK — Following several years of product development and commercialization, Micro Laser Assisted Machining Technologies LLC ended its first year of sales and is gearing up for further growth now that its first year of sales is behind it.

Published in Manufacturing
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. 


Sunday, 11 December 2016 15:59

Launching Pad: WMU aerospace program designs small satellites for diagnostic work

KALAMAZOO — The U.S. Air Force could rely on satellites designed by Western Michigan University students to diagnose issues with high-tech propulsion systems in space.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 27 November 2016 16:02

WMU’s Pilot Plants allow startups to test scalability of products

KALAMAZOO — When Folia Water Inc. sought to partner with a paper manufacturer to advance its water filtration technology from the initial proof of concept phase, the company faced a dilemma. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 13 November 2016 13:59

Expanding biomedical engineering programs could boost state’s life sciences industry

As Michigan life sciences companies grow and seek to commercialize their innovations, the firms often face key constraints when it comes to access to capital in the state. 

Published in Talent

Sunday, 13 November 2016 13:49

‘Collaborative enterprise’ New engineers need soft skills, business acumen to succeed, execs say

For today’s engineering graduates, technical expertise remains paramount, but companies are asking more of their young workers, especially when it comes to so-called soft skills and the basics of business. 

Published in Talent
Sunday, 30 October 2016 17:02

Q&A: Paul Knudstrup, president and founder, Midwest Consulting Group

Paul Knudstrup focuses his consulting work on strategic planning, individual and management team development, succession planning, performance management and personal productivity. Prior to forming MCG, he was executive director of the Fetzer Business Development Center at Western Michigan University. Knudstrup helped form the Oneplace Leadership Academy in Kalamazoo that launched in 2012 and is open to area nonprofits at no cost, thanks to donations from local foundations. He spoke with MiBiz about how nonprofit organizations are tackling leadership challenges.

Published in Q&A
Sunday, 30 October 2016 16:48

Geological mapping could spur economic development, protect water quality

KALAMAZOO — Researchers at the Michigan Geological Survey hope a state grant will better position government, businesses and other stakeholders to understand the natural resources that lie under the ground. 

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 16 October 2016 18:59

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market as Meijer skunkworks?

With increasing demand for fresh, specialty groceries, Walker-based Meijer Inc. has started to look outside the big box retail format it’s known for, even if the retailer doesn’t like to admit it. 

Published in Breaking News
Tuesday, 04 October 2016 15:02

Expansion of WMU BTR Park gets federal funds

Newly-awarded federal funds will help Western Michigan University (WMU) move forward with the second phase of its high-tech business park.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 04 September 2016 17:06

New business offers four-legged solutions for weed control — not pesticides

A new line of defense in the proverbial fight between man and weeds may be gaining traction among farmers and other business in West Michigan. But instead of being based on chemicals or other manmade products, this solution is much more back to nature. 

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 07 August 2016 13:34

West Michigan family businesses adjust to new realities

The company CEO Marc Schupan runs today barely resembles the Schupan & Sons Inc. he took over more than 40 years ago following the sudden death of his father. 

Published in Breaking News
Monday, 01 August 2016 14:31

Western Michigan University President to retire in 2017

John Dunn will retire from his position as president of Western Michigan University on June 30, 2017.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 24 July 2016 14:39

WMU med school hits milestones toward full accreditation

KALAMAZOO — Achieving two key accreditation milestones this summer shows that the Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine at Western Michigan University is meeting expectations.

Published in Talent

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