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The American Advertising Federation West Michigan has named Kendall College of Art and Design President Dr. Oliver H. Evans as the recipient of its Silver Medal Award for 2011.

Grand Rapids unveils 5 EV charging stations

Written by | Wednesday, 25 January 2012 12:39 |

Mayor George Heartwell of Grand Rapids announced the availability of five charging stations for Plug-in Electrical Vehicles (PEV) in downtown Grand Rapids.

Experience GR launches new web-based guide

Written by | Wednesday, 25 January 2012 12:29 |

Experience Grand Rapids has released a new web-based guide for visitors and tourists called “The Experience.”

Governor’s tourism awards accepting nominations

Written by | Wednesday, 25 January 2012 12:21 |

Nominations are now open for the 2012 Governor’s Awards for Innovative Tourism Collaboration.

More In The News - January 24, 2012

Written by | Tuesday, 24 January 2012 11:29 |

Brecksville, Ohio-based medical billing company MedData Inc. announced on Jan. 11 that it acquired MedDirect Inc., a Grand Rapids-based firm that provides personalized patient communications and revenue cycle management services to health care organizations. MedDirect CEO Ken Bloem will join MedData’s board as executive chairman.

Perrigo Co.’s latest acquisition is designed to boost its product line for diabetes care. The Allegan-based company signed a definite agreement to acquire the assets of Alpharetta, Georgia-based CanAm Care for $36 million.

Now that Michigan appears on the right track economically, Business Leaders for Michigan plans to begin pushing a new initiative that seeks to build on what is already done well to drive new job creation and economic growth. 

VAI kidney cancer studies ID drug targets

Written by | Friday, 13 January 2012 11:19 |

Two studies by Van Andel Research Institute scientists could help researchers gain a more complete understanding of distinct kidney cancer subtypes and lead to improved treatments.

MEDC seeks Pure Michigan merchandising partner

Written by | Friday, 13 January 2012 11:10 |

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is looking for a contractor to to run its e-commerce website,, selling Pure Michigan-branded merchandise. Electronic proposals are due Monday, Jan. 23.

Educators from the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and at the Michigan State University’s Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Broad College of Business have joined forces in forming the Michigan Entrepreneurship Education Leaders Forum.

UFCU purchases Indiana bank

Written by | Tuesday, 10 January 2012 10:05 |

United Federal Credit Union, headquartered in St. Joseph, announced on Jan. 1 that it completed its purchase of the assets of Griffith Savings Bank, headquartered in Griffith, Ind. The purchase marks the first time a federally chartered credit union has purchased the assets of a state-chartered, FDIC-insured mutual savings bank, according to a statement from UFCU. 

Spartan Chassis to supply BAE

Written by | Tuesday, 10 January 2012 10:02 |

Spartan Chassis Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc., announced in December that it received a multi-million dollar subcontract award from defense contractor BAE Systems. Spartan will support the production of advanced tactical vehicles and spare parts under the International Light Armored Vehicle (ILAV) Program.

A dozen Michigan business incubators will split $6 million in grants from the Michigan Strategic Fund to help launch and grow start-up companies throughout the state.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation would operate a new $3 million venture capital matching fund for the state’s technology companies under a proposal outlined in December to the Michigan Strategic Fund Board. Mike Psarouthakis, VP of business acceleration for the MEDC, said initial proposed funding would total $3 million, but the hope is to get a commitment of $10 million over the next three years. Technology companies would have to be based in Michigan and follow all Strategic Fund reporting requirements to qualify.

MiBiz announced today that veteran business journalist Mark Sanchez has begun working for the region’s largest business publication as a Senior Writer. Sanchez will cover the West Michigan health care, finance and small business beats for MiBiz and its affiliated print and online publications.

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