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As office furniture companies from around the country roll out new products this week at the NeoCon trade show in Chicago, a Grand Rapids advisory firm is launching a new division to aid buyers and sellers of companies in the industry.

Michigan VCs post strong gains

Written by | Sunday, 26 May 2013 22:00 |

It’s getting easier to find venture capital in Michigan.

GRAND RAPIDS — Flush with a half-billion dollars of new capital, one of Detroit’s most established private equity firms has begun looking aggressively for its first-ever deals in West Michigan, according to one of the firm’s partners.

Four of the region’s top finance executives will share their best practices and insights into the profession at the inaugural West Michigan CFO of the Year event on Tuesday evening, June 11 at the Goei Center in Grand Rapids.

Angel investing grew in Michigan in 2012, drawing more investors who put more money into companies.

Michigan’s venture capital industry grew again in 2012 as both the amount of capital under management and what’s available for new investments posted strong gains.

A Kalamazoo company developing a new treatment for people with hypertension received another infusion of capital as it prepares for a clinical trial in Europe late this year.

GRAND RAPIDS — The planned sale of Grand Rapids-based Global Futures and Forex Ltd. (GFT) stems from what founder and CEO Gary Tilkin says is a need to secure the future as part of a larger company.

Credit unions’ biz loans top $1B in Michigan

Written by | Sunday, 31 March 2013 22:00 |

Business lending by Michigan credit unions surpassed $1 billion for the first time in 2012, as the state’s credit unions posted another year of strong volume growth.

Calif. investors seek Mich. companies

Written by | Sunday, 31 March 2013 22:00 |

Investors attracted to deals on the coasts for years overlooked Michigan as a flyover state, but those perceptions seem to be slowly changing as more outside money sets its sights on in-state companies.

IONIA — Independent Bank Corp., after restoring profitability in 2012, now looks to return to growth mode in 2013 under the leadership of a new president and CEO.

SBA proposes relaxing lending rules

Written by | Sunday, 17 March 2013 22:00 |

Seeking to boost the flow of credit, the U.S. Small Business Administration wants do away with a number of regulations for its two main lending programs.

Mezz fund aims to bridge lending gap

Written by | Sunday, 03 March 2013 22:00 |

The creation of a new mezzanine fund gives small businesses across Michigan one more option to consider when they’re pursuing growth capital.

Panel: State needs more homegrown PE firms

Written by | Sunday, 03 March 2013 22:00 |

GRAND RAPIDS — Private equity investors say they see activity increasing in the years ahead in Michigan, although the state could surely use more homegrown funds.

From its humble roots in 1950 as a one-man trucking operation, Zeeland Farm Services Inc. has evolved into an agribusiness enterprise with a global reach.

Local teams vie for ACG Cup

Written by | Sunday, 03 March 2013 22:00 |

One of three student MBA teams remaining in the West Michigan Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth Cup Competition will be named the regional winner on March 12 and compete in the Michigan Intrastate competition for a chance to win the prestigious ACG Cup.

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