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The Charter Group in Grand Rapids changed its name to Charter Capital Partners and formed a new Financial Institutions Practice in partnership with Olejniczak Advisors in Grosse Pointe Farms in suburban Detroit, a consulting firm specializing in transaction advisory, valuation and strategic consulting.

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Sunday, 03 August 2014 22:00

Kzoo VC fund raises $2M toward goal

A new Kalamazoo-based venture capital fund closed on its first fundraising phase, although organizers hoped by now to have moved closer toward their $10 million goal.

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Michigan’s improved economy has a pension fund for retired public employees taking a wider view and giving its home state more consideration when making investments.

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A $9.8 million investment that included money from a pension fund for Michigan public employees should provide the growth capital that Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing Inc. needs to fund expansion for two new large client contracts.

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According to a news release, 2,500 Brenner customers, approximately one quarter of them commercial, will become Crystal Flash customers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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West Michigan baby boomers who’ve recently sold their companies are looking to stay connected to the business world even in retirement, but they’re not looking for daily responsibility. Instead, they’re putting some of their retirement cash to work by investing in startups, private equity and family offices — and in some cases, they’re also helping mentor the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 13 October 2013 22:00

New VC fund targets med device startups

Founders of a new venture capital firm in Kalamazoo want to raise $15 million for their initial fund to invest in startup companies that are working to develop and commercialize concepts for medical devices.

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The hand of John Kerschen, managing director of M&A advisory firm The Charter Group in Grand Rapids, has been in 85 transactions in his 17 years at the company, representing a total transaction value of more than $500 million.

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Crystal Flash Energy President Tom Fehsenfeld has been finding a promising climate for acquisitions across Michigan lately. In the last 20 months, Crystal Flash acquired six companies — four of them in the last 12 months. These six acquisitions added nearly $70 million in revenue to the petroleum and fuels wholesale distribution firm, more than $50 million of which occurred in the last year.

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Grand Rapids-based Crystal Flash announced today that the company has acquired fuel transportation firm C. Barron & Sons Inc. of Monroe, Mich. Under the deal, Crystal Flash gains more than 2,000 new customers, 28 employees and four new locations. 

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