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Elijah Brumback

Elijah Brumback

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Sustainability isn't just some esoteric concept for Rob McCarty. It's a philosophy by which he runs his business, and he believes in it so strongly that he focuses his volunteer efforts around it as well.

With the 16-year-old Arcadia Brewing Co. running out of capacity its longstanding downtown Battle Creek location, Tim Suprise went looking for a new location. He shopped around all of West Michigan before settling on downtown Kalamazoo. 

BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University joins the ranks of institutions of higher education intentionally focusing on entrepreneurship with the creation of the Entrepreneurial Institute, which launched last fall. 

The institute is the brainchild of Ferris First, a group organized by the university's Strategic Planning Commission and Resource Council.

GRAND RAPIDS — A new startup competition linking entrepreneurs and designers will see which team can quickly and inexpensively come up with the best business idea. 

The goal: to get past over-thinking ideas by rapidly prototyping them, getting them into the customers' hands and learning quickly from mistakes or missteps. 

If Americans know how to do one thing, it's barbeque. For many it's a family tradition, and that's exactly why the second generation, family-owned Miller Welding Supply hosts its annual "Bad to the Bone BBQ Rib Cook-off," an event which benefits Hospice of Michigan.

For Lara Kitts, paying it forward is steadily becoming a full-time job.

Kitts chairs the board of the Family Hope Foundation, a growing all-volunteer organization launched in 2010. The organization works across West Michigan to unburden families that have special needs children.

GRAND RAPIDS – More than 75 Monroe Center property owners between Division and Pearl Streets will get a rebate check from the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority.

WEST MICHIGAN — Five West Michigan companies will benefit from state business and redevelopment incentives. The projects are expected to generate up to $26.3 million in investments and add 195 new jobs in Michigan.

WYOMING — Fleet owners in search of a more sustainable alternative to petroleum fuels find the marketplace has few options that are both scalable and economical. That search has companies increasingly turning to compressed natural gas (CNG) as their fuel of choice.

Fleets in West Michigan now have more access to CNG with the addition of the region's third filling station in Wyoming. A multilayered partnership helped secure $1 million in grant funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to install the station at 450 44th Street at property owned by Louis Padnos Iron and Metal.

KALAMAZOO — The commercialization of a new manufacturing innovation resulting from years of research at Western Michigan University has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of dollars per year for companies across the globe.

Dr. John Patten, director of the WMU Manufacturing Research Center, and Dr. Deepak Ravindra, a senior research associate, are the developers behind a new Micro-LAM (Laser Assisted Machining) process, which uses high pressure generated by diamond cutting tools with an intense and focused laser to cut hard, brittle objects such as glass, ceramics, semiconductors and other materials.

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