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Buying a family-owned business requires much more than settling on the right price, mergers and acquisitions professionals say.

Published in Finance

Gordon Lewis worked on his first bank merger 40 years ago as a first-year associate at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.

Published in Finance

Grand Rapids-based Founders Financial Corp. had always expected Founders Bank & Trust to remain an independent community bank, but a key deal for an Ann Arbor lender in January convinced directors to re-evaluate their plans.

Published in Finance

Marcia and Al Elgersma were typical of many small business owners in thinking they could develop their own plan to hand off their family-owned company, Al’s Excavating, to the next generation of leadership. But after more than a decade of trying on their own, the Elgersmas realized they needed to bring in advisers to help enact a proactive strategy.

Published in Small Business

Midsize cities in West Michigan could soon see more live-work options coming online.

Published in Commercial Real Estate

Legislation that would allow crowdfunding investors who bought into a small business to later sell their shares via an online portal awaits final consideration when lawmakers return to Lansing this fall.

Published in Finance

Michigan’s lawmakers approved crowdfunding less than 90 days ago. Now they want to authorize stock exchanges. As legislators rush to position the state as a pioneer in equity crowdfunding, experts say there are lots of unanswered questions for business owners and investors.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 27 October 2013 22:00

Financing options, but at what cost?

Having more money available to spur commercial real estate projects is a plus, even if those financing options aren’t for everyone.

Published in Commercial Real Estate

When faced with plans for a redevelopment project that just “didn’t feel right,” 616 Development LLC founder Derek Coppess knew it was time to get creative.

Published in Finance

New federal regulations allow employers to up the ante to drive employee participation in workplace wellness programs, while making it easier for individual employees to earn an incentive.

Published in Focus
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