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Nick Manes

Nick Manes

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In the so-called “war for talent,” small businesses are finding that their culture and work environment can be as important to candidates as the pay and benefits they’re offering.

A West Michigan medical device development and manufacturing company is consolidating to Kalamazoo and expanding its operations, while still planning to leave a footprint in Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids-based Sob Noisse Movies hopes to make a big entrance when its second feature film, “Buzzard,” debuts at next month’s South By Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas.

When Bing Goei received a recent call from Gov. Rick Snyder’s chief of staff, he was already in the process of transitioning out of his role as CEO of Eastern Floral and Gift Shop because he planned to turn his attention to a business incubator for entrepreneurial immigrants.

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 07:00

Amway sales up 4.4 percent to $11.8B for 2013

Ada-based direct selling giant Amway Corp. today announced record annual sales of $11.8 billion for 2013, a 4.4-percent increase from $11.3 billion in 2012.

When Seth Starner applies design to the innovation process, he attempts to find whole new models of doing business. After serving as Amway’s manager of innovation for over a decade, he’s stepping into the role of president of the NewNorth Center for Design in Business, a Holland-based nonprofit.

Global food manufacturer ConAgra Foods Inc. plans to scale back its West Michigan footprint. Omaha, Neb.-based ConAgra (NYSE: CAG) plans to shutter its operation at 4490 44th Street SE in Kentwood and layoff 260 people, according to a statement the company provided to MiBiz.

The closure of a Teleperformance USA call center in Southeast Michigan does not appear to have affected the firm’s new operations in the Grand Rapids area, according to statements from a company executive.

Last fall, Kalamazoo-based digital advertising agency Biggs|Gilmore sold to VML, a Kansas City agency with a global presence. Company principals say that aside from the signs on their Kalamazoo and Chicago offices, there won’t be any significant changes to the organization.

Sunday, 19 January 2014 20:52

People's Cider taps into local growers

The growing popularity of Michigan craft beer has provided the catalyst for one Grand Rapids entrepreneur to commercialize another type of alcoholic beverage: hard cider.

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