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John Wiegand

John Wiegand

Staff writer

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Sometimes the only thing separating a great idea from becoming a viable business is a little bit of outside perspective. That’s the working theory behind the Design Briefs events, a joint effort of AIGA West Michigan and the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Even with the state’s improving economic climate, many small communities often lack the resources and connections needed to seize opportunities for business retention and job growth.

After a career in the automotive supply chain, Rich Achtenberg saw an unfilled niche for an integrated metals manufacturer in West Michigan.

Buoyed by the strength of the automotive industry, the growth of Southwest Michigan’s auto suppliers helped lead the region’s manufacturing sector to another year of job gains.
In fact, the region’s manufacturers largely grew at a rate that outpaced the statewide performance in the same period, according to the June 2014 Business Outlook report from the .W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Sunday, 03 August 2014 22:00

Q&A: Casey DuBois, GR Makers LLC

Growing up around the automotive industry, Casey DuBois always had a penchant for creating. It came as no surprise to those around him when in May 2013 he helped launch the GR Makers LLC, which today has more than 100 local members.

New research shows that the availability of high-speed Internet for Michigan households is on the rise.

One West Michigan institution is taking advantage of the growing aerospace industry to offer specialized training for engineers.

Michigan farmers targeting the state’s expanding craft beer business could benefit if a newly proposed “Farm to Glass” bill gains traction in the state Legislature.

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