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Grand Rapids-based VantagePointe Financial Group merged with Legacy Financial Partners in South Bend, Ind. West Michigan’s economy turned “slightly negative” in August, as key indexes from economist Brian Long’s monthly survey of industrial purchasing managers declined.

OST (Open Systems Technologies) has announced that it has become one of 20 partners with San Francisco-based Xamarin, a company that allows 350,000 developers to build fully native mobile apps across all major device platforms using C#.

Holland furniture manufacturer Herman Miller has announced a partnership with Impact HUB, a collaborative workspace environment with locations in roughly 40 cities around the world. 

Governor Rick Snyder has announced the creation of an Automotive Industry Office to work with state economic developers to better grow the auto industry. The office will be housed within the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). 

Spartan Stores (Nasdaq: SPTN) said today that the Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period for the proposed merger with Nash Finch Co. expired without any action from the federal government, one of the conditions for the merger to move forward, according to a press release.

Grand Rapids-based construction management firm Wolverine Building Group is set to break ground on a new, high-end, mixed-use development in East Lansing. The company is partnering on the $33 million project with development firm Capstone Companies and Dugan Nequette Architects. 

Freshmen engineering students at Michigan State University are part of the largest engineering class at the East Lansing school in a decade, the college announced on Wednesday. 

Former Michigan governor John Engler will lead a new advisory board for Grand Rapids-based private equity firm Blackford Capital; The inventor of frozen garlic bread, Cole’s Quality Foods, is launching its Tasty Tailgate Tour on Friday in East Lansing and Kalamazoo.

State government came one step closer to expanding Medicaid coverage to as many as 470,000 more people in the state who otherwise lack health insurance.

Grand Rapids-based Lambert, Edwards, and Associates (LE&A) today announced they were awarded the 2013 Financial Agency of the Year in the Bulldog Stars of PR Awards. The national awards, which are judged by journalists, are meant to honor outstanding achievement by communication firms and professionals.

The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans today received full certification from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs after the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency finalized an agreement with Behavioral Care Solutions, LLC, to provide comprehensive on-site mental health services at the Home.

GRAND RAPIDS — The board of trustees at Ferris State University today signed an agreement to merge the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts into the school's Kendall College of Art and Design.

Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE: WWW) on Thursday announced that it had appointed Gene McCarthy as president of the Merrell brand, effective Aug. 26.

There is no evidence that Asian carp have spread to watersheds in West Michigan, in particular the Kalamazoo River, according to a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service study released today by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. 

Dead cell phones are the bane of business fliers everywhere — well, that and going through security. But passengers traveling through the Gerald R. Ford International Airport are in luck.

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