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Elijah Brumback

Elijah Brumback

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Intermodal: Eastown is the nameplate on a new plan to bring high-quality street food to the city. The Urban Renaissance Group wants to develop shipping containers into customized small commercial kitchens around the city, offering a temporary location for entrepreneurs to try their hand at running a restaurant. The group wants to test the concept with a location on Wealthy Street, but needs to first get the city's and the historic preservation commission's approval to move forward.

Friday, 11 May 2012 14:06

Revamping the Michigan brand

WEST MICHIGAN — When it comes to what Michigan represents as a place to do business, experts and business leaders agree that the state could use a makeover.

Owners of the Eastown landmark and favorite breakfast spot Wolfgang's Restaurant have partnered with D.A. Blodgett – St. Johns, putting their time and skills into honoring Grand Rapids area foster families.

It was faith and family that inspired John Loeks, president of Celebration Cinemas, to put his business connections to use for children in the West African nation of Sierra Leone.

Mel Trotter Ministries has purchased the former River City Slims bar at 243 Commerce Avenue SW, according to Sandra Gaddy, VP of development and marketing for Mel Trotter.

While West Michigan is host to a number of its own small business accelerators, some out-of-state investors see the region as fertile ground for scooping up a piece of the area’s entrepreneurial climate.

After a tumultuous decade, manufacturers are again helping drive Michigan’s economy, rather than dragging it into the abyss as the sector did during the recession.

Mezzanine financing is becoming a viable option for small and second-stage businesses, say two veteran Chicago-based financiers.  The pair talked about the mezzanine capital's downstream move at the April meeting of the Association for Corporate Growth Western Michigan chapter.  

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:35

Former GM site to be marketed as Site36

The Right Place, Lormax Stern and the City of Wyoming hope a new marketing strategy for the former GM stamping plant on 36th Street will get global companies to notice of what the site can offer.

While still considered an exotic material in the automotive industry, carbon fiber could become more commonplace as its cost comes down — and as automakers try to shave weight from their vehicles to meet stricter fuel standards.

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