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Displaying items by tag: Western Michigan University

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
Sunday, 24 July 2016 14:31

Colleges leverage apprenticeship model for medical careers

Amid growing demand for health care talent, the partners behind a medical assistant apprenticeship program now look to expand the model to other in-demand areas. 

Published in Talent

Sunday, 24 July 2016 14:29

New MSU curriculum gets med students in front of patients early on

The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine wants to get medical students into the real world much sooner with the launch next month of an entirely new curriculum. 

Published in Talent
Sunday, 24 July 2016 14:24

Biomedical programs breathe new life into Michigan downtowns

The emergence of life sciences-based higher educational institutions continues to have a discernible impact on ancillary development in urban areas across Michigan.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 10 July 2016 13:31

Banks feel the talent gap: Hiring curbed by gutted training programs, lack of interest among younger generations

Bankers say they hear it regularly from their clients: It’s gotten awfully hard to find good talent these days.

Published in Finance

Sunday, 10 July 2016 13:22

WMU student envisions fully autonomous machine shop

RICHLAND — As manufacturers turn to automation and robotics to speed production and increase efficiencies, one soon-to-be graduate of Western Michigan University aims to bring that technology to machine shops. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 01 May 2016 09:36

MiBiz Growth Report: May 2, 2016

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for May 2, 2016.

  • M&A: Brad Davis and Lynne Bosgraaf, both formerly executive team members at Grand Haven-based Light Corp., have acquired Ram Electronics Inc., a manufacturer in Fruitport of printed circuit boards, custom wire harnesses and other components. The deal came about as Ram’s previous owner, Don Neidlinger, looked to retire. Zeeland-based Rua Associates LLC advised Davis and Bosgraaf on the deal, the terms of which were not disclosed. The executives partnered with Mercantile Bank Corp. to structure a loan through the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s collateral support program. The program provides collateral to fund down payments on expansions or mergers and acquisitions.
  • M&A: Lansing-based Neogen Corp., a manufacturer of food and animal safety products, acquired Brazil-based Deoxi Biotecnologia Ltda, an operator of an animal genomics laboratory, according to a statement. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Deoxi’s management and staff will remain with the company.
Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 01 May 2016 12:03

Hendrickson to lead Perrigo as it wrestles with challenges in European operations

ALLEGAN — John Hendrickson assumed command at Perrigo Co. plc as the company faces problems in Europe that will cut into 2016 earnings.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 24 April 2016 20:00

Native Traits taps $825K investment to target seed producers

A Southwest Michigan biosciences firm plans to use a recent investment to move its cold weather- and drought-resistant seed technology from the research phase into developing new markets.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 03 April 2016 15:57

2016 Commercial Real Estate Projects That Matter

Most research firms project the commercial real estate market in West Michigan will maintain slow but steady growth in 2016. 

Tuesday, 08 March 2016 18:59

SpartanNash names new CFO

Grocery distribution and retail company SpartanNash Inc. (Nasdaq: SPTN) has named Chris Meyers its new CFO, effective April 11.

Published in Breaking News

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