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GRAND RAPIDS — The long-planned and long-awaited Division Ave bus rapid transit (BRT) project is moving forward. Federal, state and local officials gathered this morning at The Rapid Central Station to sign a project construction grant agreement that puts $39 million of state and federal dollars to work on the project.

Panera coming to downtown GR

Written by | Tuesday, 16 October 2012 23:00 |

The soup will soon be on in downtown Grand Rapids.

Global footwear giant Wolverine World Wide Inc. has teamed with pop country star Taylor Swift for a multi-year endorsement deal for Keds.

The Russell Block restoration is alive with the sound of music – or it soon will be as a new tenant looks to more than triple the size of its footprint in downtown Muskegon.

MiBiz Growth Report: Oct. 15, 2012

Written by | Sunday, 14 October 2012 10:22 |

Here is the Oct. 15, 2012 MiBiz Growth Report, which includes a roundup of news briefs of M&A and expansions in the region.

Small business clients of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan can expect an average 7.5 percent premium increase for 2013 policy renewals.

Michigan’s corporate tax climate 7th in nation

Written by | Wednesday, 10 October 2012 14:33 |

A new report shows significant improvement in the Michigan’s business tax climate following reforms enacted in 2011.

With the auto business surging and Midwest agriculture ticking up, a national truck leasing firm plans to open seven new franchise locations in the Midwest, including an operation in Grand Rapids.

One of the largest staffing and HR consulting firms in the region has been sold to its employees through a 100 percent employee stock ownership plan.

Business owners across Michigan are decidedly less upbeat about their prospects for the coming six months than they were last spring, according to the results of a survey by PNC Bank.

Source One Digital expands in Norton Shores

Written by | Saturday, 06 October 2012 09:09 |


If you have watched a Major League Baseball game, a NASCAR race, a National Hockey League game or the NCAA’s Final Four basketball tournament, either live or in person, you have seen the work of Norton Shores-based Source One Digital.

Companies are increasingly turning to innovation to drive sales following the Great Recession, according to results of an annual survey.

Legislation pending in Lansing would eliminate local reviews for health care projects that fall under state certificate-of-need rules.

Kandu lands military bandage contract

Written by | Tuesday, 18 September 2012 15:01 |

Thanks to an international partnership, a local nonprofit organization will be putting people with barriers to employment to work.

New CAW contract not a game changer

Written by | Wednesday, 19 September 2012 11:31 |

The Canadian Autoworkers Union’s last-minute deal with Ford on Monday that averted a strike did little to change the game for West Michigan automotive suppliers, says Mike Wall, director of automotive analysis at the Grand Rapids office of IHS Automotive.

River City Rollform to expand, add new jobs

Written by | Friday, 21 September 2012 10:59 |

Growth of 100 percent in 2010-11 and a projected growth of between 20 percent and 30 percent this year has forced River City Rollform to expand its Norton Shores facility by 11,000 square feet as well as an additional half-dozen jobs.

Latest Comerica Index shows state economy grew in July

Written by | Tuesday, 25 September 2012 06:26 |

More good economic news for the state: The most recent Comerica Bank Michigan Economic Activity Index showed the state’s economy surged in July.

Magna plans $10.1M expansion in Holland

Written by | Sunday, 30 September 2012 10:35 |

A division of auto supplier Magna plans a $10.1 million expansion in Holland Charter Township.

Hip Shot Dot gets $50K from Start Garden

Written by | Friday, 28 September 2012 09:00 |

Only one business idea was on target to receive additional funding at the September Start Garden Update Night event.

MiBiz Growth Report: Oct. 1, 2012

Written by | Friday, 28 September 2012 12:55 |

Here is the Oct. 1, 2012 MiBiz Growth Report, which includes a roundup of news briefs of M&A, joint ventures and expansions in the region:

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