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Sales at direct-selling giant Amway Corp. slid for the third consecutive year as key international markets softened in 2016.

An increasing appetite for cage-free eggs among consumers will result in a $2 million expansion project for Poultry Management Systems Inc.

Michigan was among 44 states that added solar energy jobs last year.

Herman Miller Inc. will centralize its leadership and integrate functions of several business segments bid to better streamline its organizational structure and accelerate growth.

Perrigo Co. plc today struck a deal that gave an activist shareholder three seats on its board of directors.

Wolverine World Wide Inc. has reorganized its leadership team by promoting one company veteran and hiring a long-time foortwear apparel industry company executive. 

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Feb. 6, 2017. 

• M&A: The Pioneer Group, a Big Rapids-based publisher of newspapers and an operator of a digital marketing services business, has sold after four generations of family ownership. Owners Jack and John Batdorff sold the company to Hearst Communications Inc., the New York-based publishing giant, according to a statement. The Pioneer Group publishes two daily newspapers in West Michigan, The Pioneer in Big Rapids and the Manistee News Advocate. The company also includes three weekly titles: Lake County Star, based in Baldwin; Herald-Review in Osceola County; and The Benzie County Record Patriot. The company also publishes four Shopper publications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Through the deal, the Hearst Newspapers division expands its holdings in Michigan, which include the Huron Daily Tribune and Midland Daily News.

People don’t often associate West Michigan with video game design, and for good reason. 

If Mark Gurney can’t find the capital he needs in Michigan, his drug development firm is poised to look for it elsewhere.

Federal legislation enacted just before former President Barack Obama left office offers small employers a new option to consider for employee health benefits.

Changes to the federal tax code implemented at the beginning of the year could alleviate burdensome financial and bureaucratic rules for many craft beverage makers. 

GRAND RAPIDS — By hiring two economic development professionals who work with the minority community, Start Garden LLC looks to broaden its outreach to more entrepreneurs.

Businesses confronted with the risk of cybersecurity attacks need to avoid falling into the mindset that “it can’t happen to us.” 

The number of startup companies spun out of Michigan’s top three research universities trended higher as of mid-decade, a possible product of heightened support for entrepreneurship in recent years.

Jackson-based Consumers Energy remains in discussions with the Michigan Public Service Commission over its plan to end an agreement to buy electricity from the Palisades nuclear plant in Van Buren County.

GRAND RAPIDS — Stakeholders from around Michigan say they’re impressed with the results the Grand Rapids Economic Development department cited in a recent report detailing the performance of various project incentives.

PLAINWELL — Jim Turley remembers the call he received late one September night in 2014 as a moment that “altered our life.” 

Following through with campaign promises, the Trump administration has set its sights on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). 

Despite entering a period of plateauing vehicle sales, West Michigan car dealers remain optimistic even as they wrestle with consolidation and the need to upgrade their facilities.

As the automotive industry pursues cutting-edge technological breakthroughs in autonomous driving and vehicle electrification, West Michigan suppliers must ensure they’re not left behind. 

LANSING — A group of Lansing-area investors wants to provide seed capital to one new company annually that’s just getting off the ground.

GRAND RAPIDS — Blandford Nature Center has collaborated with local partners on a transformational land deal that could help reshape a neighborhood on the west side of Grand Rapids. 

Rumblings that the Trump administration plans to end the National Endowment for the Arts is cause for concern among many leaders at West Michigan cultural arts nonprofits. 

A West Michigan manufacturer of kayaks, paddleboards and other watercraft has sold to a Florida-based private equity firm.

LorAnn Oils Inc., a Lansing-based manufacturer and distributor of premium flavorings and oils, plans to invest $1.5 million to expand in Lansing.

The Maryland-based Inovalon Inc. plans to close a Lansing call center this spring.

Greg Loomis plans to retire at the end of June as president of Mercy Health Muskegon.

Anchored primarily by growth in manufacturing and services, Michigan continues to outpace other nearby Great Lakes states.

The Pioneer Group, a Big Rapids-based publisher of newspapers and an operator of a digital marketing services business, has sold after four generations of family ownership.

El Barrio Mexican Grill, a fixture of the Medical Mile dining scene for the last several years, has closed.

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