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Wednesday, 18 May 2022 20:10

Companies reveal new air travel technology, devices at GR airport

CASCADE TWP. — The first cohort of companies to receive grants through an air travel technology development program have revealed the fruits of their labor, including a self-driving wheelchair, an advanced flying security camera and a complete 3D model of Gerald R. Ford International Airport. 

Published in Manufacturing
Friday, 01 April 2022 12:30

Century Technology Group portfolio companies to merge, rebrand as MindSpring

Inno-Versity LLC and Th3rd Coast Digital Solutions, two portfolio companies of Ada-based family office Century Technology Group Inc., will merge and rebrand as MindSpring LLC, company officials announced.

Published in Small Business
Thursday, 10 March 2022 11:20

GR marketing firm Deksia merges with longtime Portland marketing agency Anvil Media

Grand Rapids marketing agency Deksia LLC has merged with Anvil Media, a digital marketing agency in Portland, Ore.

Published in Small Business

Tuesday, 08 February 2022 14:33

Feyen Zylstra receives $250,000 in federal funding for new innovation center

WALKER — Electrical services and industrial technology firm Feyen Zylstra LLC is partnering with the federal Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Institute to create a new innovation center.

Published in Manufacturing
Thursday, 06 January 2022 11:25

Software developer SPARK Business Works to expand reach in Texas after acquiring digital marketing firm

KALAMAZOO — SPARK Business Works in Kalamazoo has acquired Houston, Texas-based digital marketing agency Convergent1.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 19 December 2021 18:05

Stellar Broadband leads the race to high-speed internet

Since its founding in 2001, East Lansing-based Stellar Broadband (formerly Spartan Internet) has grown to service nearly 150 Michigan communities with high-speed 1-gigabit internet service.

Published in Economic Development


Sunday, 07 November 2021 14:20

Software engineer paves way for inclusion in tech industry

Jessa Challa’s interest in geographic information system (GIS) mapping led her to start working in 2019 as a software engineer at Grand Rapids-based tech firm Mallowfields LLC. In September, she became CEO of the company.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 24 October 2021 17:45

Whitmer proposes $200M in federal pandemic relief for tech startups

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer seeks to inject $200 million into Michigan technology startups using federal pandemic relief funds.

Published in Finance
Monday, 11 October 2021 16:56

GR-based tech company launches products to help mid-market distributors amid supply shortages

GRAND RAPIDS — A Grand Rapids-based tech company has launched a new lineup of digital products tailored to the needs of mid-market distributors of all industries.

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 15 September 2021 16:34

CTS Telecom to expand Southwest Michigan service area after acquisition by MetroNet

GALESBURG — Indiana-based fiber optic provider MetroNet, which services clients across the U.S., announced on Wednesday that it has acquired Southwest Michigan-based fiber optic internet provider CTS Telecom Inc.

Published in Finance
Thursday, 09 September 2021 10:06

Start Garden, Spartan Innovations selected to manage GR SmartZone incubator

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Local Development Finance Authority has approved an agreement for Spartan Innovations L3C and Start Garden Inc. to collaborate and manage the city’s SmartZone business incubator and related tech business support services. 

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 01 September 2021 14:38

Century Technology Group adds third tech company to portfolio with latest acquisition

ADA — Century Technology Group Inc. continues to add to its portfolio of technology-focused companies with the acquisition of a Grand Haven-based emerging tech and media firm.

Published in Finance


Friday, 23 July 2021 13:52

Tetra Therapeutics CEO Mark Gurney retires

EAST GRAND RAPIDS —Mark Gurney retired as CEO of drug developer Tetra Therapeutics Inc. at the end of June, more than a year after selling the company to Japan-based pharmaceutical company Shionogi & Co. Ltd.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 06 June 2021 17:05

Holland startup Wedge grows quickly through pandemic, leverages video for talent recruitment

As an entrepreneur, Matt Baxter acknowledges that opportunities like the one in front of him rarely come along.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 02 June 2021 14:12

Whitmer creates statewide office to oversee high speed internet buildout

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced the creation of a statewide office that will coordinate efforts to make high speed internet service more accessible and affordable in Michigan.

Published in Economic Development

Tuesday, 01 June 2021 16:50

Global supply chain software firm with Holland presence acquired in $1.7B deal

BluJay Solutions, a global provider of supply chain software with a major presence in Holland, has been sold to Austin, Texas-based E2open in a deal valued at around $1.7 billion.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 11 May 2021 16:27

Baker College lands $25M grant for virtual innovation center, extended reality technologies

OWOSSO — A $25 million grant from a California-based augmented and virtual reality solutions provider will allow Baker College to use the advanced technology across all six of its Michigan campuses and other learning centers.

Published in Talent
Wednesday, 07 April 2021 16:01

Holland video interviewing platform hires first president

HOLLAND — A West Michigan-based business that has developed a video interviewing platform for employers and potential employees has named its first president.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 28 March 2021 16:00

Hudsonville VAR company looks to make inroads with tech giants

HUDSONVILLE — As extended reality technology creeps into the mainstream with big names like Microsoft, Facebook and Apple racing to develop the best experiences for end users, the industry still faces several hurdles to mass adoption.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 24 March 2021 10:29

Acrisure closes $3.4B capital raise to support growth, tech investments

GRAND RAPIDS — Acrisure LLC has closed on a $3.4 billion capital raise, most of which came from the sale of senior preferred stocks to a consortium of investors.

Published in Finance
Tuesday, 16 March 2021 15:23

Michigan emerging as top market for sports betting, online gaming

Another busy stretch of sports betting and online casino gaming in Michigan has put the state among some of the top markets in the country.

Published in Economic Development

Friday, 12 March 2021 14:22

UV Angel installs pathogen control technology at Michigan State University

GRAND HAVEN — UV Angel has installed its pathogen control technology in high-traffic areas on the campus of Michigan State University.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 14 February 2021 17:10

‘Everything kind of fell into place’ with Hannah Lawrence’s Foxbright acquisition

Hannah Lawrence remembered the car ride home after closing on the acquisition of her first business — a moment of brief panic.

Published in Finance
Tuesday, 19 January 2021 15:49

‘New era’ for Michigan casinos as online sports betting, casino gaming goes live Jan. 22

Online sports betting and casino gaming will go live statewide beginning on Friday at noon.

Published in Economic Development

Friday, 04 December 2020 16:26

Automate 2021 canceled because of pandemic concerns

ANN ARBOR — The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) announced on Friday that it has postponed its signature event and is rescheduling for 2022.

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 30 November 2020 16:31

Private equity firm acquires controlling interest in Grand Rapids cleanroom producer

GRAND RAPIDS — New York City-based private equity firm ASGARD Partners & Co. has acquired a controlling interest in Angstrom Technology, a Grand Rapids company that designs, builds and maintains modular cleanrooms for clients in North America.

Published in Manufacturing
Thursday, 25 June 2020 15:31

8 GR tech startups selected for MEDC pandemic relief funds

Eight Grand Rapids technology startups are among dozens of businesses statewide selected to receive a combined $3 million from Michigan’s Tech Start Up Stabilization Fund.

Published in Small Business