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Corner office politics

Written by | Sunday, 28 October 2012 16:07 |

It’s no surprise to hear business leaders aren’t big fans of President Barack Obama. But the number of CEOs speaking out to employees about the negative impact of a second term for Obama is, by some accounts, unprecedented.

What started as a local pilot program to help the state’s court system better deal with business cases has now become state law, with some changes.

When Brian Ryks decided to relocate from Minnesota to Grand Rapids and take on the the challenges of leading Gerald R. Ford International Airport, he inherited a well-established local commercial airport.

Every company’s nightmare scenario is a media firestorm centered on a product recall, but according to experts, a public relations crisis doesn’t have to cause permanent damage if it’s handled properly and clearly communicated.

Merger-and-acquisition activity is picking up in West Michigan and it’s moving further downstream, local experts say.

Not long ago, many people scoffed at the thought of buying LED lighting, which was seen as too expensive and not as useful as other lighting technology.

As with any good book, the story of Schuler Books Inc. has had its share of conflict and struggle over the past 30 years.

When Malinda Petersen started her theater major at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, becoming a successful businesswoman wasn’t on her to-do list.

The founders of a small startup business are stitching together the pieces of what they hope can someday be a namesake design house in Grand Rapids.

Even with the rise of telecommuting, business people still have a need for conference facilities. And when they want to use a conference room or boardroom for an event or for corporate training, they don’t want to have to deal with non-business users.

Some of West Michigan’s hotels are riding the wave of record occupancy rates that has the state’s overall travel numbers at an all-time high.

West Michigan CVBs on pace for record year

Written by | Sunday, 16 September 2012 18:08 |

The hot, dry summer has given a boost to Michigan’s summer tourism season.

Fox Motors plans TC, Chicago expansions

Written by | Tuesday, 04 September 2012 11:07 |

Fox Motors, one of West Michigan’s largest auto dealership groups, plans to add a new nameplate by the end of the year and could soon enter the Chicago market as part of an expansion plan.

When President Obama called on Peter Perez to again serve his country, the former Naval officer was honored to answer the call.

In the overall scheme of things, $10,000 isn’t a large amount of money, unless you’re an entrepreneur with a startup business trying to get off the ground and working with limited funding.

The Grand Valley State University Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center added three new programs to its host of resources for alternative energy and technology startups.

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