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In striking a merger deal in late 2012, two competing Grand Rapids-based architectural firms determined they could be more competitive and more profitable together than they could as separate entities.

After 20 years of running the business he founded, Sam Nichols wanted to pull back, share some of the management workload, spend more time with family and maybe travel.

Months before signing its blockbuster $8.6 billion deal for Elan Corp. of Ireland, Perrigo Co. made an acquisition that put it solidly into an entirely new growth business: animal health.

Wolverine World Wide Inc. has laced up its running shoes to compete with the giants of the footwear industry.

West Michigan’s homegrown public companies have often ended up as the prey rather than the predator over the past two decades.

Four and a half years after opening its first office in suburban Grand Rapids, the parent corporation of Grand River Bank wants to raise new capital — and it’s not alone among community banks in West Michigan.

Chemical Financial plans $50M public offering

Written by | Saturday, 14 September 2013 13:43 |

Midland-based Chemical Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: CHFC) could raise more than $50 million in a public stock offering the company announced on Friday.

As key components of the federal Affordable Care Act take effect in 2014 that mandate coverage and benefit levels, employers and health insurers also face an array of new taxes and fees that will drive up costs.

Mercantile Bank Corp. grew up by catering to small businesses and touting its hometown ties to become one of the top banks in the Grand Rapids-area market.

As its parent company goes through bankruptcy, Michigan Commerce Bank reports improved operating results midway through 2013, including an upgrade in its regulatory capital status.

Formation of an advisory panel led by former Gov. John Engler provides added muscle as private equity firm Blackford Capital scouts for and vets deals across Michigan.

Angel investors worry that new federal rules designed to make it easier for startup companies to solicit prospective investors could do the exact opposite.

The number of venture capital investments in Michigan through mid-2013 equaled those made in the same period last year, although the dollar value was significantly lower.

The proposed merger with Alma-based Firstbank Corp. would take Mercantile Bank Corp. across the state while creating one of the largest banks based in Michigan that would pursue additional acquisitions in the future.

Q&A: Dave Tomko, The Growth Coach

Written by | Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00 |

After 25 years in the banking business, Dave Tomko decided to strike out on his own and recently opened a Kalamazoo-based office for The Growth Coach, a national business and sales coaching franchise. His goal: to help small business grow and create more jobs.

Technology firms and companies in the life sciences and defense industries are ignoring easy money if they’re not taking advantage of two major federal grant programs.

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