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Jane C. Simons

Jane C. Simons


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Parents do not forget the day a child is diagnosed with autism. Just ask Catherine Pinto, the mother of a 22-year-old son with the complex disorder of brain development.

KALAMAZOO — When anonymous donors in Kalamazoo committed millions of dollars to local schoolchildren, the city cemented itself as the “education community.”

For local would-be food entrepreneurs, incubators give them a chance to get their ideas out of the kitchen and into the market.

KALAMAZOO — In an era when most companies see outdoor grills as mass-produced commodity items, one Southwest Michigan company has cemented its reputation by taking a contrarian approach.

BATTLE CREEK — A call from business and community leaders in Battle Creek to land an airlift mission at the Michigan Air National Guard (ANG) base may have fallen on deaf ears, but that won’t stop them from continuing to advocate on behalf of military personnel on the base.

LANSING — Donna Murray-Brown brings a big heart and a head for business to her new role as president and chief executive officer of the Michigan Nonprofit Association.

Catalyst Development Co. LLC has had its hands full lately with a major renovation project involving the 146-year-old Corporation Hall in downtown Kalamazoo. The project had several key challenges, including structural concerns that led to the developers scrapping initial plans to retain the building’s trademark masonry walls.

KALAMAZOO — A five-minute presentation in front of 142 women on a recent Sunday evening garnered $14,200 for Kalamazoo’s Warm Kids program.

KALAMAZOO — On the surface, a report issued last month by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette makes professional fundraisers look like they pocket a majority of the funds they raise for nonprofits.

BATTLE CREEK — The relationship between the Battle Creek area and Japanese companies remains strong 37 years after that first Japanese company, Hi-Lex America Inc., opened in the Fort Custer Industrial Park.

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