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A biannual survey of small business owners by PNC Bank found increased optimism and stronger hiring plans for the next six months.

Mike Stevens, president of Founders Brewing Co., can laugh now about some of the poor choices the Grand Rapids-based craft brewer made over the years.

Blanca Cardoza’s recipe for success almost went up in flames with her home. She had been working for almost two years from her home to perfect a salsa recipe that had been in her family for generations. However, an $8,500 grant she received in October through the Can-Do Kitchen operated by the nonprofit Fair Food Matters helped Cardoza launch her business.

As a generation of baby boomer entrepreneurs looks toward retirement, a West Michigan congressman has sponsored legislation to make it easier to broker the sale or acquisition of small businesses.

Based on the success of the Grand Rapids and East Lansing locations of the brewpub HopCat, parent company BarFly Ventures LLC thinks it has a winning concept to take to new markets across Michigan and nearby states.

The combination of an Ann Arbor group that runs a statewide business plan competition for startups and a small business foundation seeks to create a greater entrepreneurial culture across Michigan.

A Kalamazoo-based metal and plastics recycler plans to expand its capacity at an existing site in Grand Rapids by year’s end.

When it launches a mobile banking app by the end of the year, West Michigan Community Bank will become one of the smallest players to join one of the banking industry’s largest trends.

Of the roughly 35 business owners who attended a recent seminar in Grand Rapids, only one had an exit plan for how he would eventually leave his company.

Zipments Corp., a crowdsourcing platform that connects businesses and couriers for inexpensive, same-day delivery, has raised $2.25 million in seed funding, MiBiz has learned.

Small business owners and entrepreneurs in Michigan have more to smile about than just the pleasant summer weather.

Rise of the Risk Takers

Written by | Sunday, 07 July 2013 17:00 |

Whether by choice or economic necessity, more people in West Michigan have embraced entrepreneurism and the risks that come with it. Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business explores that culture change in a new report.

Small and midsize business owners are more confident about Michigan's economy, according to a semi-annual survey by worker's compensation carrier The Accident Fund and the Michigan Business Network.

West Michigan became a better place to start and run a business during the last four years, a change that reflects a greater entrepreneurial culture that's taking hold across the region. That's according to a new report by Grand Valley State University's Seidman College of Business and the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

When Mike Barnaart wanted to start the Walldorff Brewpub and Bistro in Hastings in 2005, he had some trouble getting the necessary funding. Many banks were hesitant to lend to hospitality ventures. Eventually, he found some relief through a loan backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Earlier this month, Barnaart hosted the SBA, economic development professionals and myriad local business owners for a roundtable discussion about ways to utilize the services of the SBA. Barnaart sat down with MiBiz to talk about his own experience with the SBA and the success his business has enjoyed.

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