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Michigan craft breweries have only just started to sell their beer in international markets, but many in the industry believe exporting could soon become an important diversification strategy.

Published in Beer and wine

When Deschutes Brewery founder Gary Fish launched a two-year search to locate the Oregon company’s first satellite production facility, one of his top criteria was determining whether the state and local community wanted his business.

Published in Economic Development

While President and CEO Margie Briganti’s abrupt departure after 14 months at Battle Creek Creek Unlimited left a hole in the leadership of the economic development firm, it also comes on the heels of what’s been a tumultuous two years for the organization.

Published in In the News

Pioneers of the craft brewing industry face a steep challenge from the growing market they helped establish. 

Published in Beer and wine

The craft beer industry in Michigan essentially started with Larry Bell in 1985 launching what would become Bell’s Brewery Inc. Since then, and especially over the last decade, the industry has taken off in West Michigan and beyond. 

Published in Beer and wine

West Michigan craft brewers could be on the hook for thousands of dollars in testing expenses as a result of federal regulations that will require nutritional information for beer and other alcoholic beverages to be included on menus at chain restaurants.

Published in Beer and wine

Of the 242 winners at this year’s Great American Beer Festival in Boulder, Colo. five West Michigan breweries walked away with medals for their beer.

Published in In the News

The Southwest Michigan brewery startups from twenty or thirty years ago have helped create a dynamic craft beverage scene in the Kalamazoo and Calhoun county region — a market that continues to attract new producers to set up shop.

As many remain skeptical of crowdfunding’s ability to bolster growth among private-sector entrepreneurs, economic developers have found the fundraising model holds promise for public placemaking efforts statewide.

Published in Finance

The mixed-use projects beginning to take shape around Kalamazoo’s central business district and its nearby neighborhoods point the way forward for the city’s growing commercial real estate market.

Published in Design Build
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