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After a major customer moved a supply contract to a Chinese company, a Muskegon-area manufacturer needed capital to retool for the new business coming in to replace what it had lost.

Published in Finance

Armed with $25 million in new mezzanine financing, Grand Rapids-based BarFly Ventures LLC plans to take its popular HopCat craft beer and restaurant concept to even more markets.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 07 December 2014 22:00

Experts predict uptick in auto supplier M&A

Amid an improving automotive market, suppliers with easy access to capital and more deployable cash on their balance sheets are turning to mergers and acquisitions to drive growth.

Published in Manufacturing

After devising an ambitious expansion plan, Grand Rapids restaurateur Mark Sellers realized he needed to look beyond traditional sources of capital to support his company’s growth into new markets.

Published in Finance

While venture capital and angel investing continue to build in Michigan, the state still has gaps in other forms of later-stage capital, according to a recent analysis.

Published in Finance

Executives at a state-backed mezzanine fund that formed last year expect more banks to invest now that it’s demonstrated there is demand for subordinated debt among growing Michigan companies.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 03 March 2013 22:00

Mezz fund aims to bridge lending gap

The creation of a new mezzanine fund gives small businesses across Michigan one more option to consider when they’re pursuing growth capital.

Published in Finance

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