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Joe Boomgaard

Joe Boomgaard

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Companies looking for a model of how to maintain a highly skilled workforce might turn to the example set by an unlikely source, at least in West Michigan: a skilled trade union.

Friday, 27 April 2012 14:16

Sustainably successful

Despite the deep impact of the recession on the office furniture industry, newcomer izzy+ stayed true to its principles around sustainability and design-fueled innovation. Founder Chuck Saylor discusses how the company managed through the turmoil after wrapping up a sizable acquisition and how the industry remains committed to driving sustainability in products, suppliers and raw materials.

Amway scion and ArtPrize founder Rick DeVos has launched a new venture capital fund that blends elements of elevator pitch competitions, business mentoring and community engagement.

One of the city’s landmark development projects is nearing completion.

The Federal Building at 148 Ionia Avenue will provide much-needed space for Kendall College of Art and Design to expand its programs, namely its sculpture and ceramics departments, which will get new equipment and classroom spaces. The fourth floor will serve as home to the Wege Center for Sustainable Design, founded by a $1 million gift from philanthropist Peter Wege.

Stephen Benoit knows unequivocally that his current company would not have been able to start up and get to where it is today without the help of capital from West Michigan.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 08:54

Q&A: Peter Shankman

Many a journalist on deadline has turned to the online service Help A Reporter Out, which matches reporters with PR professionals for potential sources for their articles. They have Peter Shankman to thank for it.

Friday, 13 April 2012 11:12

Q&A: David Rosen, Ph.D.

When Oliver Evans steps down in July as president of Kendall College of Art and Design — the school he’s led for 18 years — he will be succeeded by David Rosen, currently the senior VP and VP of academic affairs at Woodbury University, a private California school. A former professor of English and drama, he also directed academic and small theater productions and is a published writer of fiction and of one rock song, “Valerie,” released by the Greg Kihn Band. Rosen talked with MiBiz about his vision for Kendall.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. doesn’t want to be in the business of picking winners and losers, but it’s hoping a new venture match fund will provide a market-driven program aimed at filling a funding gap for early-stage companies.

Friday, 06 April 2012 09:14

Cascade’s Xtreme RFID embraces tech

A local manufacturer wants to harness the power of information and technology to provide customers with data they can use to run their operations — or to drive behavioral changes.

Citing a broken promise by the Ontario government, West Michigan-based WindTronics Inc. has closed its Canadian plant and will consolidate manufacturing operations in Grand Rapids.

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