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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

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Planners with the city of Muskegon want to make it easier for developers to create new building projects in the core downtown area.

Marcia and Al Elgersma were typical of many small business owners in thinking they could develop their own plan to hand off their family-owned company, Al’s Excavating, to the next generation of leadership. But after more than a decade of trying on their own, the Elgersmas realized they needed to bring in advisers to help enact a proactive strategy.

While Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA) netted more than $21.8 billion in its initial public offering on Friday, it’s West Michigan-based companies that could stand to lose.

When Garrick Pohl moved Zipments to New York City three years ago, the startup thrust itself into an ideal major metropolitan market to prove out and refine its concept. But as the mobile courier service provider looks to grow, the company is moving its operations back to West Michigan for the region’s talent pool and its affordability.

Muskegon Community College plans to buy the former Muskegon Chronicle building at 981 Third Street for its long-awaited downtown campus, MiBiz has learned. 

A real estate developer wants the Grand Rapids Parking Commission to reconsider its plans to build a 276-space surface parking lot on city-owned property near the Grand River.

Family owned businesses like Grand Rapids-based Irwin Seating Co. have a lot in common with one another regardless of their industry. A new survey shows the segment is an increasingly important part of the economic fiber in West Michigan, but they also face many similar business and operational challenges.

As a city consisting of 20 different neighborhood business districts, the traditional, top-down economic development model isn’t always scaleable in Grand Rapids’ unique neighborhoods.

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