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Meritage Hospitality Group Inc., a Grand Rapids-based restaurant operator, today announced the acquisition of 10 more Wendy’s stores in the Oklahoma City area.

First Companies Inc., a development and general contracting firm based in Grand Rapids, continues to grow a medical office campus on the city’s southeast side.

Chemical Financial Corp.’s $1.4 billion acquisition of Talmer Bancorp Inc. heads to a close this fall after securing approval from federal regulators.

The company CEO Marc Schupan runs today barely resembles the Schupan & Sons Inc. he took over more than 40 years ago following the sudden death of his father. 

Craft brewers’ increasing appetite for local ingredients has translated into a budding opportunity for Michigan hop growers. 

As New Holland Brewing Co. LLC ramps up a major expansion into the Grand Rapids market that’s expected to open next month, President and co-founder Brett Vanderkamp has plenty to keep his mind occupied. 

As Michigan’s private sector continues to expand, municipal executives remain concerned that the state’s local units of government have limited options to share in that growth.  

While it’s common for entrepreneurs to turn to family members for business partners, it’s a practice that can come with its fair share of baggage.

Sometimes you’ll do things for family that you won’t do for others.

Fraudulent scams have grown ubiquitous across the legitimate marketplace, leaving a much more complex network of victims and challenging incorrect public perceptions about who is most at risk.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has identified an unlikely threat lurking in West Michigan.

MiBiz Growth Report: Aug. 8, 2016

Written by | Sunday, 07 August 2016 13:45 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Aug. 8, 2016. 

• M&A: Grand Rapids-based architecture firm Progressive AE Inc. has acquired Charlotte, N.C.-based AI Design Group Inc., according to a statement. The new company will be headquartered in Grand Rapids and leadership will remain the same, according to a statement. AI Design will now be referred to as a Progressive AE company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees will soon decide whether to approve Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. as the new dean of the MSU College of Human Medicine, headquarted in Grand Rapids.

GE Aviation to expand Norton Shores facility

Written by | Friday, 05 August 2016 12:56 |

GE Aviation plans to expand its facility at 6120 Norton Center Dr., according to documents submitted to the Norton Shores planning commission.

Downtown real estate that was once planned for a high-end office tower has come under new ownership.

A developer’s proposal to build between 83 and 89 apartments on one of the Heritage Hill neighborhood’s few vacant sites may well move forward, but not without scrutiny from neighbors.

In raising an additional $4.28 million in venture capital funding, Tetra Discovery Partners LLC plans to support the ongoing clinical trials for a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease.

A startup biotech company that aims to counter invasive aquatic species has set up shop in the Muskegon Innovation Hub.

With $18 million in additional capital, Vestaron Corp. approaches the final leg of an 11-year journey to the marketplace.

Lakeland Health plans to launch a $160 million expansion this fall at its main hospital campus.

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