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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.

If Michigan is going to battle back to a strong position on the global economic stage, it’s going to need help from entrepreneurs, says Detroit Venture Partners CEO and best-selling author Josh Linkner. 

Metro Health’s quest for a partner already has at least one potential suitor highly interested.

Chicago-based owner and hotel management company Odyssey Hotels is looking to build a new hotel near the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport.

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.

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