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With a proposed grant of up to $150,000, the Frey Foundation joins a growing list of organizations looking to spur creative housing solutions around West Michigan.

One West Michigan adviser hopes to channel the cultural shift toward localism into corporate succession planning by helping business owners preserve local ownership of their companies after an exit.

The redevelopment of the Wealthy Street corridor into a trendy, upscale business district continues to gain momentum, even more than a decade after work first started.

Lakeshore community primed for redevelopment

Written by | Saturday, 15 September 2018 21:12 |

The village of Spring Lake, located just east of Grand Haven in northwest Ottawa County, needs a proper downtown.

West Michigan developers are taking notice of a new tax deferral mechanism intended to spur investment in both urban and rural areas, even if they lack details on how the program will be implemented.

Charter Capital adds two partners to the business

Written by | Sunday, 03 September 2017 16:47 |

GRAND RAPIDS — In a move designed to manage growth in the business, investment banking and M&A firm Charter Capital Partners promoted two managing directors to partners.

Q&A: Q&A: John Hey, COO, Trivalent Group

Written by | Wednesday, 30 December 2015 14:25 |

The threat of electronic corporate espionage and data theft has become a reality for businesses across all sectors, according to John Hey, COO at Grand Rapids-based tech firm Trivalent Group. While it’s difficult to predict the nature of those attacks, Hey advocates for a commonsense approach to cyber security.

Q&A: Nancy DeBoer, Mayor, City of Holland

Written by | Wednesday, 30 December 2015 14:23 |

As the newly-elected mayor of the city of Holland, Nancy DeBoer looks forward to 2016 as a year when the city and the broader region can help its business community to grow, attract and retain a skilled workforce, particularly for the “robust” manufacturing industry.

Based on the current pipeline of construction work for general contractor Triangle Associates, President Mitch Watt forecasts another five to eight years of growth. The company plans to grow through a variety of avenues, including an expanded workforce, equipment investment and potentially new service offering

A stable economy and a lower unemployment rate in 2016 will enable more people to afford health care, according to Tina Freese-Decker, president of the Spectrum Health Hospital Group that includes 12 facilities in West Michigan.

Now in its second season, the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA Development League continues to add additional offerings to the roster of semi-professional sports in West Michigan. By team President Steve Jbara’s account, the inaugural season was a success for the Drive in terms of ticket and merchandise sales and corporate sponsorships.

Grand Rapids-based Varnum LLP has undergone some changes that will position it for the future, says Executive Partner Tom Kyros. The law firm opened a Detroit office in September, hired an attorney with a national practice in data security and on Jan. 1 will bring on 16 attorneys from Law Weathers.

Buyers and sellers should keep John Kerschen and his colleagues at Charter Capital Partners busy next year. He says the U.S. economy should remain on its present growth path and drive business for the Grand Rapids-based M&A firm and investment bank.

As bankers look ahead to 2016 within their industry, they’re faced with adapting to the tastes of today’s tech-savvy customers, not to mention dealing with costly federal regulatory burdens enacted in the wake of the recent economic crisis.

The office furniture industry today faces a complex, challenging future. Company executives must manage their operations amid increasing margin pressure and an influx of imported products and new regulations, all while running short on talent.

While airport executives invest in providing better customer service, the broader aviation industry faces a looming pilot shortage, leading to a period of uncertainty for facilities managers, communities and economic developers as they wait to see how airline carriers respond.

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