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Pick up a manufacturing-oriented trade publication these days, and you’ll probably encounter a deluge of material on the latest 3D printers, collaborative robots or new industrial technology that falls under the wide umbrella of Industry 4.0.

Growing in the face of adversity and challenges was a key takeaway message during this year’s 9th Annual Michigan Contractor of the Year (MCOY) Awards, hosted by the American Subcontractors Association of Michigan.

Today’s favorable M&A environment is pushing many middle-market business owners to consider selling their businesses.

For many small business owners, the idea of trying to manage energy usage and utility relationships can be a bit overwhelming. Would energy efficiency upgrades really impact a bottom line? Who can assist when there are outage issues? Is the price being paid for service at the correct rate?

SPONSORED: Amid a talent crisis, West Michigan manufacturers need to develop a purposeful approach to attracting workers based on company culture and values. Simply being present on social media or posting on the latest job board isn’t enough to appeal to workers in a tight labor market.  

The right people. With the right products. At the right time. Brybelly Holdings Inc., an e-commerce and product development company founded in 2004, had that winning combination right from the start. Like many businesses, it started with a friendly connection and an idea.

This is an incredible opportunity for professionals in many different fields looking to work with one of West Michigan’s largest companies.

The most important asset to a company is its data. In the event of a technical failure or glitch, the loss of data, customer records, business plans and intellectual property can be devastating. Statistics show that without proper backups, two thirds of companies go out of business within six months of a data disaster.

Think you know who uses coupons? Think again. Today, Generation X and Millennials are the biggest users of both digital and print coupons.

On September 20, 2018, the American Subcontractors Association of Michigan (ASAM) will be celebrating the 9th annual MCOY Awards at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

In recent weeks, Universal Robots has announced the introduction of the new e-Series Platform robot, which promises to be the most advanced technical product in the cobot space. 

So, you’ve cleared all the initial hurdles. You’ve established yourself as a distribution company, you’ve built up your customer base, and you’ve plotted a path for growth. Now it’s time for careful, long-term planning and intentional organization of all of your company’s assets.

Searching for a new lease location, a building to purchase, or even land to build a new facility can be daunting. It is a common misconception to think this endeavor can be handled alone, but in the end, owners or sellers can be taken advantage of without someone acting on your behalf.

Known for their iconic shaker cup used in gyms all over the world, BlenderBottle Company has grown exponentially since first entering the supplement scene in 2000. This Utah-based company manufactures products designed to improve their customers’ everyday lives and fitness routines, and they market their products towards physically active consumers. They are a trusted champion of their customer base, and their products can be found in more than 57,000 retail locations in the United States alone, and are also available worldwide.

One of the great things about being a corporate banker is that you have an opportunity to work closely with a wide range of clients and bring them great ideas that they can use to enhance their business and reach their goals.

Access to, and use of, the internet has become an integral component of everyday life in the 21st century.

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