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Sunday, 06 January 2013 23:16

Holland opts for natural gas power

A new natural gas power plant may help return Holland’s waterfront to its original condition.

Sunday, 06 January 2013 23:14

Farmers get creative with risk management

As farmers look to the 2013 growing season, none relish the thought of having a repeat of 2012.

To paraphrase an old saying, keep your business associates close, but your competition closer. That’s what a West Michigan-based manufacturer found out on a recent foreign trade mission.

Driven by projected long-term growth in the global mining industry and strong demand for metals, one Southwest Michigan-based mining equipment supplier plans a major expansion of its capacity that could nearly double its workforce.

Two Midwest manufacturers believe they’ve fabricated a deal that will help the newly combined company be more competitive and grow after a private equity firm looked to exit.

Sunday, 16 December 2012 23:22

Michigan Innovation Index trends flat

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.

West Michigan’s comparatively strong economic performance this year can be traced back to its long-term strength in manufacturing.

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

Sunday, 09 December 2012 23:13

Q&A: Sandy Baruah, Detroit Regional Chamber

Building off a career that included serving as the last administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration under George W. Bush, Sandy Baruah now serves as president and CEO of the 20,000-member Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce.

When seasoned advisers help out startup businesses, the benefit of that relationship goes both ways, according to Kim Klap, director of portfolio relations at Start Garden.

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