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Over the last several years, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce has sought to make diversity and inclusion a key part of its mission and culture.

ROCKFORD — Just months after rebranding its downtown Rockford location as Rockford Riverside Grille, Essence Restaurant Group has announced it will cease restaurant operations and reopen temporarily next month as an events and banquet facility.

MiBiz Growth Report: Sept. 17, 2018

Written by | Sunday, 16 September 2018 19:47 |

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Sept. 17, 2018.

The acquisition this month of Gemini Corp.’s assets by a Southeast Michigan publisher comes amid a broader consolidation trend in the media industry.

The West Michigan chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) held its 32nd annual Excellence in Construction Awards on Thursday evening.

The Council of Michigan Foundations named Kyle Caldwell as its new president and CEO.

Medical device manufacturer Medbio Inc. is investing $3.5 million into an expansion project in Cascade Township.

The Hinman Co.’s scaled-back hotel project in the city’s central business district received a financial boost this morning.

Stryker Corp. plans to acquire a financially struggling San Francisco-based medical technology company that produces advanced surgical devices.

A Grand Rapids-based building materials manufacturer moved its door division from Wyoming, Mich. to an expanded facility in Byron Center.

The founder of West Michigan kombucha brewer has sold the company to another area craft beverage manufacturer.

A bottler and distributor of Coca-Cola products is closing its operations in Kalamazoo.

GRAND RAPIDS — HopCat’s 17th location overall — and its second in Grand Rapids — comes as an “experiment” of sorts for the growing chain of craft beer-focused restaurants.

The big three research universities in Michigan generated nearly $18.7 billion in economic impact across the state, an amount that grew 46 percent over 11 years even as public funding for higher education waned.

GRAND RAPIDS — The first thing you should know about me is that I really dislike heights. I didn’t make it 200 feet into an attempt to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge and I once nearly had a nervous breakdown on an outdoor patio of a 36th-floor condo.

Ford Airport adds nonstop flight to Phoenix

Written by | Friday, 07 September 2018 13:47 |

Travelers in West Michigan will have another nonstop flight option starting next year. 

The Employers’ Association today named Jason Reep as its next president.

Blue Medora LLC, an enterprise software developer, received a $10 million investment from Edison Partners, a Princeton, N.J.-based growth equity investor.

Bills Manns, the president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s since 2013, will become the leader of sister hospitals St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston in mid October.

GRBJ, GR Magazine acquired by Detroit-area firm

Written by | Tuesday, 04 September 2018 16:59 |

A Southeast Michigan publisher has acquired the Grand Rapids Business JournalGrand Rapids Magazine and other titles from Gemini Corp.

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