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John O’Neill might run a small, full-service graphic design, branding and interactive studio in the heart of Grand Rapids, but that doesn’t preclude Conduit Studios from working on projects for high-profile clients including Wolverine World Wide and Amway.

A local manufacturer already had a presence in the southern states, but it is hoping to strengthen its ties to customers and its Michigan operations by adding another location.

Rather than sit in a landfill, some waste can still be put to a good second use. The trouble is that companies looking for the waste materials often struggle to find it or have regulations in their way.

If Michigan is going to battle back to a strong position on the global economic stage, it’s going to need help from entrepreneurs, says Detroit Venture Partners CEO and best-selling author Josh Linkner. 

Every company’s nightmare scenario is a media firestorm centered on a product recall, but according to experts, a public relations crisis doesn’t have to cause permanent damage if it’s handled properly and clearly communicated.

Those wine enthusiasts that immediately pass on Michigan wines in favor of more complex quaffs may want to give the state’s 2012 vintages another look.

Saturday, 13 October 2012 11:33

MCC launches hybrid CAD/CNC program

A new community college program aims to foster the development of flexible, multiple-skill manufacturing workers.

A Chicago-based manufacturer plans to open up shop in Grand Rapids to be close to a key customer, while riding the wave of the automotive recovery and a successful diversification strategy into growth industries.

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 15:52

Star Truck Rentals acquires Roseville company

When Thomas Bylenga decided he needed to take Star Truck Rentals Inc. into a new market, he didn’t turn to brokers to help identify potential acquisition targets. Instead, he used the post office.

As the Holland Board of Public Works considers shutting down coal-burning operations at the James DeYoung plant in favor of more sustainable electrical generation, the implications of such a shift become more complex and nuanced.

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