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A coalition of Michigan universities aims to accelerate the commercialization of technology developed in their labs by developing a broader talent base that can take a concept to the marketplace.

Once upon a time, if you wanted a Papa John’s pizza, you’d pick up the phone and order one. These days, customers are just as likely to place their orders with a Papa John’s app downloaded from the iTunes store. The company started taking orders online a decade ago, and online orders represent a bigger slice of the pizza chain’s sales every year.

Enrollments in Master’s of Business Administration programs usually reflect the vigor of the economy — in reverse.

With the new Seidman School of Business, Grand Valley State University aims to further cement its connection to Grand Rapids and to the region’s businesses

Wesley Lentz, Wiser Financial Group

Written by | Monday, 19 March 2012 14:16 |

Wesley Lentz believes it is his responsibility to help youths understand what business is all about. That’s why he teaches through the Junior Achievement of Southwest Michigan: to give back the knowledge and resources he’s learned over the years.

Bill JohnstonKALAMAZOO--William D. Johnston of Portage, Mich., and Jeanne Carlson of Novi, Mich., have been elected to serve for 2012 as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees.

The election took place at the Feb. 29 meeting of the trustees. All officers serve one-year terms. Johnston replaces Trustee Dennis Archer of Detroit, who remains on the board.

Few communities ever get the chance to transform their downtowns with an immediate influx of highly educated people, but Kalamazoo hopes to do exactly that with the creation of the Western Michigan University School of Medicine.

Pay it Forward - Jesper Dinesen

Written by | Monday, 09 January 2012 15:25 |

Working with MOPs for free doesn’t sound like gratifying work. However, what Jesper Dinesen, owner of the web development firm <engine/>, did for Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPs) is a far cry from scrubbing floors.

Crystal Ball 2012: More on Education

Written by | Wednesday, 04 January 2012 20:25 |

In 2012, Grand Valley State University is poised to do more of what our region depends upon us to do: produce human capital, strengthen our economic ties to the communities that host our campuses and create opportunity.

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