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The day of reckoning will be upon us soon if we don’t address the federal budget deficit, and it’s up to business leaders to push Congress on the issue. That was the dour and instructive message delivered to West Michigan business leaders on Tuesday by former U.S. Comptroller David M. Walker at an event sponsored by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. Walker, who served under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, on Tuesday gave the keynote address, “Living on Borrowed Time: Solving America’s Debt Crisis,” at the event held at the Amway Grand Plaza.

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.

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.

Lacks to expand in Michigan

Written by | Wednesday, 28 March 2012 13:10 |

Lacks Enterprises Inc. received a $350,000 Michigan Business Development incentive from the Michigan Strategic Fund to help push through a $31.9 million expansion that could bring 120 new jobs to the area.

Michigan made significant strides in an annual entrepreneurial scorecard issued by the Small Business Association of Michigan. The state’s entrepreneurial climate ranked 15th nationally in 2011, compared to 45th in 2010.

CWD buys downtown Trade Center building

Written by | Wednesday, 14 March 2012 14:29 |

Grand Rapids-based CWD Real Estate Investment today announced it purchased the historic Trade Center Building at 50 Louis Street NW, at the intersection with Ionia Avenue.

Grand Rapids Brewing Co. to open downtown

Written by | Thursday, 08 March 2012 06:51 |

A major corner in Grand Rapid’s downtown entertainment district will soon get a new signature tenant.

CBRE to move GR office

Written by | Wednesday, 07 March 2012 12:42 |

CB Richard Ellis affiliate CRBE Grand Rapids today announced it will move its office to 634 Front St. beginning March 12.

Horn resigns as CEO of Priority Health

Written by | Tuesday, 06 March 2012 10:57 |

After 15 years at the helm, Kim Horn decided to step down as head of Priority Health this spring to pursue a new phase of her career in health care.

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.

The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi announced plans to buy out the management contract of the Las Vegas-based company that operates FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek.

Davenport University today announced plans for a new sports complex to be built on 68th Street in Caledonia Township just south of its W.A. Lettinga Campus.

Alticor reports sales of $10.9B for 2011

Written by | Thursday, 23 February 2012 07:19 |

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

Kendall College names new president

Written by | Wednesday, 22 February 2012 10:39 |

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

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