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Sunday, 16 January 2022 18:00

Reporter’s Notebook: West Michigan balances lagging wages with regional amenities

If it’s money that matters most when people look for work or to relocate for a new job, then West Michigan may be at a disadvantage in competing for the coveted talent needed to drive economic growth.

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Friday, 07 January 2022 10:19

Hastings Mutual Insurance Co. President and CEO to retire; industry veteran to take over

HASTINGS — Hastings Mutual Insurance Co. President and CEO Joseph Babiak plans to retire on March 31.

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Wednesday, 05 January 2022 11:37

Lighthouse Group expands lakeshore presence with Gales Agency acquisition

GRAND RAPIDS — Insurance and employee benefits agency Lighthouse Group has acquired Gales Agency from Shelby State Bank.

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Sunday, 02 January 2022 18:51

Investment adviser anticipates more stock market volatility in 2022

Jerry VanderLugt sees Wall Street with further volatility in 2022. The founder and principal of JVL Wealth Strategies LLC, which recently moved to a new office in Wyoming, VanderLugt spoke with MiBiz about the market in the new year, the prospect of rising interest rates and higher inflation, and where investors are looking to put their money these days.

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Monday, 03 January 2022 06:00

King named permanent CEO of Gun Lake Investments; activity to accelerate in 2022

Gun Lake Investments started 2022 with a permanent CEO in place and plans to become more active in the market.

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Tuesday, 21 December 2021 11:36

Consumers Credit Union CEO retiring after 38 years; COO to take leadership role

KALAMAZOO — The chief executive officer at Consumers Credit Union plans to retire in mid-2022 after 38 years.

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Sunday, 19 December 2021 19:05

Economists forecast ongoing statewide rebound in 2022

Michigan’s economy and jobs are expected to continue to recover in 2022 from the deep downturn last year resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sunday, 19 December 2021 18:35

U.S. economic growth forecasts tempered by ongoing COVID, market concerns

The latest coronavirus variant to emerge in a nearly two-year pandemic creates further uncertainty for the U.S. economy in 2022, although economists generally expect continued strong growth.

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Sunday, 19 December 2021 17:50

Bank M&A expected to surge next year after pandemic lull

The new year could bring a continued acceleration of M&A in the banking industry.

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Thursday, 16 December 2021 16:05

Auxo continues rail sector growth with latest acquisition

Auxo Investment Partners reached further into the rail industry with the acquisition of Ferrovia Services LLC, an Auburn, Ala.-based railroad vegetation management company.

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Monday, 13 December 2021 16:57

Fox Motors expands to metro Detroit with two Erhard dealership acquisitions

Fox Motors has gained a foothold in the metro Detroit market by acquiring two longtime Farmington Hills-based dealerships.

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Sunday, 05 December 2021 18:30

New hire part of Michigan Women Forward’s West Michigan, loan expansion

Hiring a new business development director who’s based in Grand Rapids is part of Michigan Women Forward’s goal to build a larger West Michigan market presence for business lending and support for female-owned businesses and entrepreneurs of color.

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Sunday, 05 December 2021 18:45

Survey: Pay raises grow in a year marked by tight labor market

Employers competing for talent in a tough labor market across the region used larger pay raises in 2021 than in previous years, according to an annual wage and salary survey. 

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Tuesday, 30 November 2021 08:30

Michigan Capital Network expands to Saginaw, Midland markets with addition of BlueWater Angels

GRAND RAPIDS — Michigan Capital Network has further expanded its angel investment network across the state with the addition of Saginaw-based BlueWater Angels.

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Monday, 29 November 2021 12:48

MiBiz on WOOD-TV: The Right Place expands to Mason, Mecosta counties

GRAND RAPIDS — Regional economic development organization The Right Place Inc. recently announced new partnerships that would bring its services and expertise to Mason and Mecosta counties in West Michigan.

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Tuesday, 23 November 2021 16:06

Gage eyes retail cannabis acquisitions after securing $55M in financing

DETROIT — Vertically integrated cannabis company Gage Growth Corp. has secured a $55 million senior secured term loan to support retail acquisitions in Michigan and provide working capital.

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Sunday, 21 November 2021 18:10

Bill would allow tax credit on investments in Michigan-based businesses

Individuals investing in Michigan-based businesses could seek a credit on the state’s income tax under legislation proposed in Lansing.

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Sunday, 21 November 2021 18:00

PE deals expected to drive record-breaking year for M&A in 2022

recovering U.S. economy and readily available capital to finance deals are expected to drive M&A activity even higher in 2022.

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Sunday, 21 November 2021 17:30

Bankers: Commercial lending remains strong despite various economic headwinds

Given all that’s occurred in the past 20 months, Krista Flynn considers the present lending environment a pleasant surprise.

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Sunday, 21 November 2021 17:10

Finance experts prepare for likely interest rate increase in 2022

Borrowing could cost a little more in 2022 should the Federal Reserve follow expectations and begin raising interest rates.

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Monday, 15 November 2021 13:49

MiBiz on WOOD-TV: Bell’s Brewery deal latest in West Michigan craft beverage acquisitions

GRAND RAPIDS — Bell’s Brewery Inc.’s announcement last week that it’s selling to the parent company of New Belgium Brewing Co. sent shockwaves through Michigan’s craft beverage industry. It also represents the latest in a series of high-profile deals involving Michigan craft beverage companies.

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Thursday, 11 November 2021 16:53

2022 M&A activity expected to remain strong, according to new outlook

A hot M&A market should get even hotter in the coming year, according to the results of law firm Dykema Gossett PLLC’s latest annual M&A outlook survey.

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Wednesday, 10 November 2021 15:28

Whitmer joins bipartisan call to pass federal cannabis banking regulations

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has joined 20 other governors in urging Congress to enact legislation that would enable more banks and credit unions to serve the growing cannabis industry.

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Monday, 08 November 2021 12:28

MiBiz on WOOD-TV: New Community Transformation Fund names first managing director

GRAND RAPIDS — A venture capital fund that plans to invest in minority-owned businesses has named Ollie Howie as its first managing director.

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Sunday, 07 November 2021 18:55

Ollie Howie named first managing director of minority-focused venture capital fund

The first managing director of a venture capital fund that plans to invest in businesses owned by people of color sees an opportunity to pioneer an initiative for greater economic diversity in West Michigan.

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Wednesday, 03 November 2021 14:47

Mercantile Bank expands northern Michigan reach with Petoskey lending office

PETOSKEY — Mercantile Bank Corp. has expanded further in the northern Lower Peninsula with the opening of a lending office in Northern Michigan.

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Tuesday, 02 November 2021 14:18

PE firm Blackford Capital adds to hospitality holdings with new acquisition

GRAND RAPIDS — Private equity firm Blackford Capital has added to its holdings in the hospitality sector with the acquisition of ID Collaborative Inc., a Greensboro, N.C.-based interior design firm.

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Monday, 01 November 2021 16:27

Norton Shores distributor Nichols Paper & Supply acquired by expanding New Jersey firm

NORTON SHORES — Nichols Paper & Supply Co., a Norton Shores-based distributor of paper, industrial packaging and sanitary supplies, has been acquired by a New Jersey-based distributor with deep experience in food service packaging and janitorial supplies.

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Friday, 29 October 2021 10:37

Macatawa Bank earnings increase slightly amid deposit, commercial loan growth

HOLLAND TWP. — Macatawa Bank Corp.’s third-quarter earnings grew slightly from a year earlier amid strong deposit growth.

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Thursday, 28 October 2021 16:22

ChoiceOne Bank reports strong Q3 earnings as core deposit base grows

SPARTA — ChoiceOne Financial Services Inc. reported strong earnings growth over the third quarter from a year earlier that included merger-related expenses.

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