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Battle Creek-based nonprofit received a grant through its partnership with the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS) via the U.S Food & Drug Administration to provide a 12-month study on workforce capacity issues for food and drug regulators around the world.

Kalamazoo-based Stryker Corp. (NYSE: SYK) announced today that it has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based MAKO Surgical Corp. (Nasdaq: MAKO), a medical device company specializing in robotic orthopedics.

The board of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority recently approved a new more than $100 million mezzanine financing fund that is expected to help boost development of commercial mixed-used and multifamily housing projects across the state.

Light Corp Inc., a Grand Haven-based manufacturer and designer of specialty lighting products has been selected for a Product Innovations award by Buildings Magazine for its Revo LED personal task light.

Grove, a restaurant in Grand Rapids’ Cherry Hill neighborhood, has been named one of the top 100 “Fit For Foodies” restaurants in the country by Open Table, a provider of online reservations.

Greensboro, N.C.-based Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. could break ground on a new location in Byron Center as early as summer of next year. The company is working with the township on a contract to buy the former Dome World property at 84th Street and U.S. 131.

Steelcase Inc. and Herman Miller Inc. both reported modest sales growth for their most recent quarters.

Yesterday, officials from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Western Michigan University formally signed a long-awaited affiliation agreement at the WMU campus. The boards of WMU and Cooley approved the proposal earlier this year.

Businesses looking for strategies in helping break barriers to foreign markets are in luck. The Van Andel Global Trade Center at Grand Valley State University is sponsoring a workshop to help increase dealmaker knowledge on global communication understanding in business.

Grand Rapids-based Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. (OTCQX: MHGU) acquired two Wendy's restaurants in the Jacksonville, Fla. market, according to a press release.

Grand Valley State University announced today that a record number of first-year students arrived on campus this fall. This year’s number of freshmen jumped to 4,124 from last year’s record of 4,005.

Grand Rapids-based VantagePointe Financial Group merged with Legacy Financial Partners in South Bend, Ind. West Michigan’s economy turned “slightly negative” in August, as key indexes from economist Brian Long’s monthly survey of industrial purchasing managers declined.

OST (Open Systems Technologies) has announced that it has become one of 20 partners with San Francisco-based Xamarin, a company that allows 350,000 developers to build fully native mobile apps across all major device platforms using C#.

Holland furniture manufacturer Herman Miller has announced a partnership with Impact HUB, a collaborative workspace environment with locations in roughly 40 cities around the world. 

Governor Rick Snyder has announced the creation of an Automotive Industry Office to work with state economic developers to better grow the auto industry. The office will be housed within the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). 

Spartan Stores (Nasdaq: SPTN) said today that the Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period for the proposed merger with Nash Finch Co. expired without any action from the federal government, one of the conditions for the merger to move forward, according to a press release.

Grand Rapids-based construction management firm Wolverine Building Group is set to break ground on a new, high-end, mixed-use development in East Lansing. The company is partnering on the $33 million project with development firm Capstone Companies and Dugan Nequette Architects. 

Freshmen engineering students at Michigan State University are part of the largest engineering class at the East Lansing school in a decade, the college announced on Wednesday. 

Former Michigan governor John Engler will lead a new advisory board for Grand Rapids-based private equity firm Blackford Capital; The inventor of frozen garlic bread, Cole’s Quality Foods, is launching its Tasty Tailgate Tour on Friday in East Lansing and Kalamazoo.

State government came one step closer to expanding Medicaid coverage to as many as 470,000 more people in the state who otherwise lack health insurance.

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