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The Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce and Southwest Michigan First in January announced that they had inked an alliance agreement that leveraged the strengths of both organizations. At the heart of the agreement was a shared focus on education and supporting small businesses — and a key executive, Tim Terrentine, who will straddle both organizations.

Michigan needs to spend another $1 billion on higher education to produce graduates with the advanced skills needed for the 21st century economy, contends Business Leaders for Michigan. 

If nothing else, Gov. Rick Snyder’s focus on improving funding for Michigan’s aging roads and bridges positions the issue toward the top of the agenda in Lansing.

MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 4, 2013

Written by | Sunday, 03 February 2013 22:27 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth report for Feb. 4, 2013. 

Mid Michigan will soon have its own business model competition that will give Michigan entrepreneurs the chance to win $50,000 in cash prizes plus rub elbows with angel and venture capital investors that could fund their dream projects even more.

MiBiz Growth Report: Jan. 21, 2013

Written by | Sunday, 20 January 2013 15:14 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth report for Jan. 21, 2013.

Economists at PNC Bank see continued job grow in 2013 for the regional economy, albeit at a slightly slower rate than last year.

MiBiz Growth Report: Jan. 7, 2013

Written by | Sunday, 06 January 2013 23:36 |

The MiBiz Growth Report includes a roundup of news briefs of M&A and expansions in the region

Michigan became a little more competitive with other states over the last two years, although it’s still far from the goal of corporate CEOs to become a top 10 state for economic performance, according to an annual report.

Snyder sat down with MiBiz in his executive office to talk about his legislative accomplishments and his vision for the rest of his term.

Michigan Innovation Index trends flat

Written by | Sunday, 16 December 2012 23:22 |

Slow activity in venture capital funding and business starts and weak employment in the sciences and engineering put downward pressure on an index that track’s Michigan’s environment for innovation.

Harbors beached

Written by | Sunday, 09 December 2012 23:49 |

As West Michigan boaters store their watercraft for the winter, they would do well to think twice when they put their vessels back in the water next year.

Our region has pivoted from a job shortage to a talent shortage.

The clouds seem to be finally lifting on the travel industry.

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