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Joe Boomgaard

Joe Boomgaard

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The number and type of new resources for existing small businesses in Michigan are growing. That's a focus of a March 20 workshop in Grand Rapids on economic gardening, a key strategy the Michigan Economic Development Corp. is deploying to help existing businesses grow.

Grand Action and the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority today announced a board of directors to oversee the development of the Urban Market planned for the former Sonneveldt site.

Father John Geaney, CSP, director of the Catholic Information Center, today announced staff changes for the Grand Rapids Center. Irene Strom has been promoted to Associate Director of Programming.

Thursday, 23 February 2012 09:51

Q&A: Mark Sellers

After he left the investment world in Chicago, Mark Sellers came back to Grand Rapids to start BarFly Ventures LLC to open bars and restaurants in downtown. Sellers owns HopCat, The Viceroy, Stella’s, and McFadden’s, and is a partner in The Pyramid Scheme. MiBiz spoke with Sellers at Stella’s to discuss the downtown business scene, what’s needed and what’s next.

Thursday, 23 February 2012 07:19

Alticor reports sales of $10.9B for 2011

Amway parent company, Alticor Inc., announced global sales exceeding $10.9 billion for the year ended Dec. 31, 2011.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 10:39

Kendall College names new president

This July, Kendall College of Art and Design will have a new president: David M. Rosen.

Friday, 17 February 2012 08:40

ULI adopts statewide focus

The Urban Land Institute, one of the state’s premier organizations for land use and real estate development issues, has dropped its Southeast Michigan-centric focus for a broader statewide audience.

Solar energy company Energy Conversion Devices (Nasdaq: ENER), the parent company of United Solar Ovonic LLC with operations in Greenville, announced today that it was filing for Chapter 11.

Monday, 13 February 2012 13:54

Auto industry gears up for promising future

The reports that the automotive industry is back are not exaggerated, and it showed at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. North American auto sales were up 10.3 percent in 2011 to nearly 12.8 million units, and the Detroit automakers, typically the ones West Michigan suppliers have had the deepest supplier relationships with, had a combined market share of 47.1 percent.

GRAND RAPIDS – Michigan State University Board of Trustees approved a $12 million purchase of the former Grand Rapids Press building and five surrounding parking lots.

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