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Venture capital investing in Michigan had one of its best years ever in 2012, as both deal volume and the amount invested rebounded and surpassed pre-recession levels with a boost from three larger deals.

Construction firm Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. announced Friday that Frank Stanek would take over as company president starting Jan. 1.

Michigan is a little more competitive with other states today than two years ago. But despite that progress, the state is still far from a goal of corporate CEOs to become a top 10 state for economic, job and income growth, according to an annual report.

West Michigan’s comparatively strong economic performance this year can be traced back to its long-term strength in manufacturing.

Dykema survey: M&A could pick up in 2013

Written by | Tuesday, 11 December 2012 15:51 |

The coming year could see a slight uptick in mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. compared to the past few years, according to annual M&A survey results from law firm Dykema.

Whoever becomes the next dean for Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business has a lot to build on.

Legislation that would allow Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to become a not-for-profit mutual insurer cleared the state Legislature on Thursday and heads for Gov. Rick Snyder’s signature.

Davenport University will have a new business dean on board early in the new year.

H. James Williams is leaving Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business to become president of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.

The key to solving Michigan’s problems and moving the state forward can be described in one word: collaboration.

Sam’s Joint owner looks to exit business

Written by | Wednesday, 28 November 2012 09:38 |

A long-time West Michigan restaurateur has decided to sell his establishments and exit the business.

Mercy Health CEO Spoelman steps down

Written by | Tuesday, 20 November 2012 05:02 |

Roger Spoelman has given up day-to-day duties as president and CEO of Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon to focus on the regional operations for parent company Trinity Health.

Michigan’s turnaround is well underway, but the state must keep pressing ahead with an agenda of positive change.

UPDATED: Saint Mary’s CEO announces retirement

Written by | Thursday, 15 November 2012 03:05 |

Phil McCorkle plans retire next summer after 12 years as CEO of Saint Mary’s Heath Care.

As the city looks to bolster its urban core, findings from a retail study the Downtown Development Authority commissioned should point development in the right direction.

Nothing sells like success, and once Michigan’s maturing life sciences industry can generate more success stories, chances are that venture capital will follow.

Developers know the secret to success in their industry is money.

The urban development process that helped shape Grand Rapids and other core cities in West Michigan is not for the faint-hearted.

Meijer plans new corporate HQ

Written by | Sunday, 28 October 2012 22:03 |

Retail giant Meijer Inc.’s corporate presence in West Michigan could soon undergo a major overhaul.

Snyder takes aim at ballot initiatives

Written by | Monday, 29 October 2012 17:22 |

Gov. Rick Snyder’s message about the state’s ballot proposals is simple: “Yes on 1 and no on the rest,” he said to a standing ovation Monday from the Economic Club of Grand Rapids.

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