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Blackford Capital closes on Ellison Bakery sale
Grand Rapids-based private equity firm Blackford Capital has closed on the sale of Ellison Bakery, a maker of cookies and other baked goods that’s headquartered in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Consumers CU plans further growth in GR, lakeshore markets
The opening of a new branch in Wyoming and construction of another office in Walker are part of a broader regional growth plan for Consumers Credit Union.
Chemical Bank offices take on TCF name
Former Chemical Bank offices statewide now carry the TCF National Bank name.
West Michigan Community Bank continues Grand Rapids-area expansion
West Michigan Community Bank has extended its Grand Rapids-area footprint with a new office in Grand Rapids Township.
Finance, banking sectors among early adopters of AI
The software platform behind a new tech startup backed primarily by West Michigan investors learns about users and offers them ideas on what to buy next.
New diversity-focused VC fund seeks $5M locally before making national pitch
GRAND RAPIDS — A new venture capital fund to invest in businesses owned by racial and ethnic minorities looks to secure financial backing locally before reaching out nationally for investors.
Bracing for more economic fallout, West Michigan banks boost loan-loss reserves
Given how hard the economy fell in the second quarter, earnings for West Michigan-based banks held up relatively well, although they were primarily lower than a year earlier as banks set aside more in reserve to cover potential future loan losses.
Lambert & Co. CEO launches Detroit fintech firm backed by West Michigan investors
A financial technology startup launched in Detroit and backed primarily by West Michigan investors stems from what Jeff Lambert calls 20 years of frustration from a disconnect between public companies and individual shareholders.
ChoiceOne boosts earnings after recent acquisitions
An acquisition last fall helped ChoiceOne Financial Services Inc. report quarterly earnings that tripled from a year ago.
Independent Bank reports higher Q2 earnings, larger reserve for loan losses
Independent Bank Corp. has reported higher second quarter earnings with a larger reserve to cover loan losses.
Report shows fewer VC deals, higher investment statewide in Q2
A smaller number of venture capital deals were reported across Michigan in the second quarter, though the amount invested increased from a year earlier.
Macatawa Bank reports lower Q2 earnings related to COVID-19 challenges
Macatawa Bank Corp. reported lower earnings for the second quarter after raising a reserve to cover potential future loan losses.
TCF Bank $1B loan program for minority-owned biz to extend into West Michigan
TCF Bank’s pledge to lend $1 billion over five years to minority- and women-owned businesses extends into West Michigan, where the company’s market leader in Grand Rapids says the effort will require leveraging community partnerships.
Mercantile Bank beefs up loan-loss reserves to brace for weaker economy
GRAND RAPIDS — Mercantile Bank Corp. reported lower earnings for the second quarter, partly from increasing loan-loss reserves in light of “weakened economic conditions” resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Survey: After slowdown, M&A activity expected to rebound over the next year
The M&A market that slowed in the first half of 2020 with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic should rebound well over the next 12 months as deals that got put on hold go forward, according to a midyear survey by law firm Dykema Gossett PLLC.
CDFI helps bridge financing gap for Native entrepreneurs
DOWAGIAC — After they prepared for the opening of the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, the leaders of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi years ago sought ways to use the revenues to assist tribal citizens to achieve self-sufficiency.
FormulaFolios to maintain Grand Rapids HQ after deal with PE-backed Brookstone Capital Management
GRAND RAPIDS — FormulaFolios Investments LLC plans to merge with Brookstone Capital Management in Chicago in a deal that will create an investment adviser firm with more than $6.5 billion in assets.
ChoiceOne completes acquisition of Community Shores Bank
ChoiceOne Financial Services Inc. closed today on the $20.8 million acquisition of Community Shores Bank Corp.
Capital raises bring pair of Genesis Innovation-backed startups closer to market
GRAND RAPIDS — New capital investments involving existing investors will bring two health care startups backed by Genesis Innovation Group LLC closer to the market.
Indiana credit union eyes additional Michigan expansion after New Buffalo deal
NEW BUFFALO — The largest credit union in Indiana looks to further expand in the Michigan market after acquiring the parent company of New Buffalo Savings Bank.
Groups say their assistance with Kent County relief fund merits compensation
GRAND RAPIDS — In partnering on a $25 million small business relief fund, Kent County and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce want to tap a number of community and entrepreneurial support organizations to get the word out to companies and provide volunteers to vet grant applicants.
Muskegon County loan program latest in COVID-19 business relief
Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women and the Community Foundation for Muskegon County have teamed up for a new aid fund for small businesses directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Community Shores shareholders approve merger with ChoiceOne, deal to close in Q4
SPARTA — The planned $21.9 million merger of Community Shores Bank Corp. into ChoiceOne Financial Services Inc. heads to a close after earning shareholder approval.
Fed makes changes to Main Street Lending program to broaden appeal to businesses
Changes by the Federal Reserve Board should draw greater interest to the new $600 billion Main Street Lending Program for small and mid-sized businesses hurt financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Restrictions in Fed’s Main Street Lending Program could limit appeal
The Federal Reserve Bank’s $600 billion Main Street Lending Program promises to offer small and mid-sized businesses hurt financially by the COVID-19 pandemic with another option to access credit and operating capital.
Commercial lenders discuss effects of pandemic on West Michigan businesses, banking industry
Bankers across the region have been focused on working with small business clients to secure loans from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, as well providing payment deferrals and adjusting loans for business borrowers hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘TREMENDOUS WIN:’ Tetra Therapeutics’ sale offers healthy returns for investors, validation for local ecosystem
GRAND RAPIDS — Tetra Therapeutics Inc.’s sale to a Japanese pharmaceutical company provides a final pathway toward bringing to market potential new drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease and a form of autism, as well as generates a handsome return for financial backers.
Q&A: Jelena McWilliams Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
The FDIC intends to keep providing regulatory flexibility to banks as they navigate the economic recession brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal regulatory agency wants banks to remain agile and do what they can to support consumers and small business owners during the crisis, according to FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams. McWilliams, who began a six-year term on the FDIC Board of Directors in June 2018, previously served as executive vice president, chief legal officer, and corporate secretary for Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Independent Bank raises $40 million through debt offering
GRAND RAPIDS — Independent Bank Corp. raised $40 million in a debt offering that comes amid the economic downturn and uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reporter's Notebook: Banker beware
In a recent conference call, the president and CEO of Detroit-based TCF Financial Corp. — the parent company of what remains known in Michigan as Chemical Bank — voiced a simple ethic that all businesses, no matter their industry or their size, must keep in mind in the COVID-19 pandemic.