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Rather than make a program and then ask employers if it’s working, the state agency Michigan Works! aims to take an “ask first, then act” approach to workforce development.

MiBiz Growth Report Nov. 12

Written by | Sunday, 11 November 2012 15:33 |

The MiBiz Growth Report for Nov. 12, including a roundup of news briefs of M&A and expansions in the region.

As Americans step to the polls on Tuesday, a number of West Michigan business owners have already elected to do something they probably couldn’t have done easily four years ago: sell their companies.

Meijer plans new corporate HQ

Written by | Sunday, 28 October 2012 23:06 |

Retail giant Meijer Inc.’s corporate presence in West Michigan could soon undergo a major overhaul.

The Urban Land Institute of Michigan’s first-ever Kalamazoo event sparked some interesting conversation about Michigan’s future and the prospects ahead of the state.

MiBiz Growth Report Oct. 29

Written by | Sunday, 28 October 2012 16:38 |

Here is the Oct. 29, 2012 MiBiz Growth Report, which includes a roundup of news briefs of M&A and expansions in the region.

Proposed changes to the state’s lauded brownfield redevelopment act have proponents of the program hopeful that Michigan could see even more development activity.

Health insurance costs are still rising, but the rate they’re increasing has somewhat abated.

Executives at Holland-based furniture manufacturer Trendway Corp. are seeing real returns from a new state export assistance program.

Two and a half years ago, many West Michigan bar and restaurant owners worried that their businesses could be snuffed out like finished Marlboros in an ashtray.

Downtown Grand Rapids seems to have burst at the seams and spilled a few streets south, the result, some say, of confidence that an anchor project — the $30 million Downtown Market — has brought to a neglected part of the city.

A remedy to Grand Rapids’ aging stormwater system is in the works, but the city still has some loose ends to tie up, not the least of which is how to fund the planned improvements.

A transplant from Long Beach, Calif., Kris Larson steps into his new position leading the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority after long-time executive Jay Fowler retired earlier this year.

Startup companies have a much different pace and culture than what’s typically found in corporate America.

Michigan is just beginning to improve its economic competitiveness, although a new analysis still “does not paint a rosy picture” of the state’s overall position compared to other states.

In hockey, the measure of a team is how it adjusts when the ice tilts in its favor or against it.

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