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Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez

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The consolidation trend among Michigan credit unions remained strong in 2017, leading to a further reduction in the number of institutions in the state.

MPI Research Inc. is selling to rival Charles River Laboratories International Inc. for $800 million in cash.

Agility Health Inc. will sell its physical therapy operations in the U.S. to a Tampa, Fla.-based management company in a deal valued at $45 million.

With a multi-million dollar gift to Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business to open a financial wellness center on campus, Todd Sanford wants to raise financial literacy and also bring more people into the field of financial planning. Like many business sectors right now, financial planning faces a growing talent shortage. Sanford, the founder and CEO of Sanford Financial Services Inc. in Portage, spoke with MiBiz about how the Sanford Center for Financial Planning and Wellness hopes to address the talent shortage when it opens this fall.

GRAND RAPIDS — Mercy Health’s new primary care medical practice on Grand Rapids’ west side resulted from what Ben Look calls a lot of dissatisfaction.

KALAMAZOO — Armune BioScience Inc.’s sale to Madison, Wis.-based Exact Sciences Corp. reinforces the reality that some West Michigan-based life sciences firms will have to move out of the region to grow.

Whether a coalition of large health systems that plans to get into the generic drug business can actually do something about shortages or escalating prices remains to be seen.

Small businesses use social media platforms largely for promotion, to connect with customers, drive growth and find and hire new employees.

KALAMAZOO — Armune BioScience Inc.’s sale to a Wisconsin company provides another exit for investors that generates returns they can use in future deals for life sciences startups in Michigan.

Independent Bank Corp. today reported lower quarterly net income of $1.7 million, or 8 cents per diluted share, to end 2017’s fourth quarter, resulting from a reevaluation of a deferred tax asset following federal tax reform late last year.

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