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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

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As the automotive sector continues on the road to recovery, companies in the supply chain have looked for ways to add capacity, either through new facilities or by acquiring other suppliers.

The president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation since 2012, Carrie Pickett-Erway is prepared to begin the nonprofit’s next chapter at its new home. After the Arcus Foundation gifted the organization new office space in downtown Kalamazoo, the nonprofit needed to think about how to use its location to better fulfill its philanthropic role and engage with the community. The executive spoke with MiBiz about her plans to offer new opportunities for the foundation’s partners throughout the region.

Planners with the city of Muskegon want to make it easier for developers to create new building projects in the core downtown area.

Marcia and Al Elgersma were typical of many small business owners in thinking they could develop their own plan to hand off their family-owned company, Al’s Excavating, to the next generation of leadership. But after more than a decade of trying on their own, the Elgersmas realized they needed to bring in advisers to help enact a proactive strategy.

While Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA) netted more than $21.8 billion in its initial public offering on Friday, it’s West Michigan-based companies that could stand to lose.

When Garrick Pohl moved Zipments to New York City three years ago, the startup thrust itself into an ideal major metropolitan market to prove out and refine its concept. But as the mobile courier service provider looks to grow, the company is moving its operations back to West Michigan for the region’s talent pool and its affordability.

Muskegon Community College plans to buy the former Muskegon Chronicle building at 981 Third Street for its long-awaited downtown campus, MiBiz has learned. 

A real estate developer wants the Grand Rapids Parking Commission to reconsider its plans to build a 276-space surface parking lot on city-owned property near the Grand River.

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