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Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012 10:31

WM Community Bank opens in downtown GR

The opening of a downtown Grand Rapids office reflects a new growth strategy that will see West Michigan Community Bank further expand its branch network in the next few years. New locations are possible for the small Hudsonville-based bank in both the Holland area and along the M-6 and M-21 corridors in southern Kent County, President and CEO Phil Koning said.

Grand Valley State University's latest venture seeks to grow management talent in the region. 

The university this spring formed the Center for Leadership & Innovation as part of the Seidman College of Business to provide training for middle managers at businesses across West Michigan.

Ten years ago Jeff Padden noticed that "there wasn't much to talk about" in terms of entrepreneurial activity on Michigan college campuses. Today, a cultural shift is in full swing and all of Michigan's 15 public universities have in some form embedded entrepreneurism, both in academic programming and community outreach, as a core part of their mission, according to new survey data.

Huntington Bank says it’s surpassed the $1 billion mark and is well ahead of schedule toward lending $2 billion to small and mid-sized businesses in Michigan through a lending commitment made nearly a year ago.

WEST MICHIGAN — Just like other health care providers, Holland Hospital always pursued a goal of continuous improvement in the quality of the care it provides.

In forming a united front, the managing partners at 13 Grand Rapids law firms seek to aggressively diversify the local legal community in the years ahead.

After finally securing insurance coverage to treat children with autism, advocates and care providers now need to work to develop a much broader care network to ensure the promise of their legislative victory comes true in the years ahead.

WEST MICHIGAN — A plan coming soon from Lansing will seek to marshal forces and encourage more employers to jump into the wellness movement to counter Michigan’s burgeoning obesity rate that’s costing businesses heavy dollars.

Employers have many questions they need to answer as health care reform brings massive changes to how employers buy their employee health coverage.

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