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A pair of initiatives across Southwest Michigan have a similar goal: supporting entrepreneurs starting small businesses in their respective cities and urban cores. 

Published in Finance

HUDSONVILLE — After assembling a team of veteran commercial lenders, West Michigan Community Bank is putting more focus on growing in the greater Grand Rapids area.

Published in Finance

More bank branches closed in Michigan than in 45 other states in the years following the most recent financial crisis.

Published in Finance

As Neil Brown and Wade Thompson considered acquiring Central Interconnect Inc. late last year, they found themselves interested in the opportunity the company presented.

Published in Small Business

The new head of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Michigan office believes lending should continue to grow, even as volumes for the agency’s federally backed loans keep moving upward.

Published in Small Business

Bank of America’s planned move to a new regional office in downtown Grand Rapids comes as the bank seeks to grow its West Michigan presence.

Published in Finance

MUSKEGON — After a career spent in a variety of management and sales roles in the packaging industry, Rich Wilson decided it was time to strike out on his own. 

Published in Manufacturing

There’s little doubt among local executives that commercial lenders are eager to deploy capital to growing businesses. However, that willingness to lend changes when it comes to service-based companies or startup organizations

Published in Finance

A good economy and participation from more banks across the state drove U.S. Small Business Administration lending to a record level in the last year.

Published in Finance

As warning signs begin to emerge about the health of the global real estate industry, experts in West Michigan believe there’s not much reason to worry about the fundamentals of the local market — at least not yet.

Published in Commercial Real Estate
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