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A long vacant and blighted building in Cereal City’s downtown could soon see new activity. Battle Creek’s city commission on Tuesday approved a $570,000 loan for a subsidiary of Grand Rapids-based development firm 616 Lofts LLC to assist the company with cleanup efforts at the 19-story Heritage Tower at 25 West Michigan Ave., according to a report from the Battle Creek Enquirer.

Amanda Winn had just graduated from the University of Michigan and was undergoing treatment for stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma when she thought of an idea to help other people in similar situations. 

Some might say Mike Goorhouse’s résumé reads like a dream. 

Cities with professional sports teams have an edge when trying to attract prospective visitors, but Grand Rapids continues to compete successfully without this added advantage.

Private developers say that working with numerous partners on a real estate project can often lead to complications. 

Growing the region’s economy through sports-focused tourism has paid off for the West Michigan Sports Commission despite the less-than-perfect timing.

Providing opportunities for youth in the urban core and helping under-employed adults to make economic and social progress has driven national acclaim for the West Michigan Center for the Arts and Technology.

By the end of Blandford Nature Center’s $10.3 million capital campaign, the nonprofit will have tripled its capacity over the last three years.

In five years, The First Tee of West Michigan has grown from a $35,000 seed grant to a successful nonprofit with a budget just under $1 million. 

As a business owner and housing advocate in the Heartside neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Tami VandenBerg was devastated to see so many people there still living on the streets. 

Jobseekers in Michigan may want to consider careers in the nonprofit sector.

West Michigan’s cost advantages for health care services may be eroding.

HOLLAND — While many producers of advanced electrical systems have their sights set on electric vehicles, one West Michigan manufacturer is pursuing a more underserved sector.

The next two years are shaping up to be a busy time for tool and die makers in West Michigan and beyond.

MIDDLEVILLE — Backed by a new investment, Middleville Tool & Die Co. wants to ramp up its manufacturing capabilities that will pull it further away from its legacy business.

The 2,000-plus cyclers who will pedal through West Michigan this June for the Gran Fondo event will do more than just get in a day’s ride. 

Michigan Republicans are taking swift action at the start of this year’s legislative session to gradually phase out Michigan’s income tax.

Venture capital investors say work over more than a decade to spur greater innovation and build a better entrepreneurial climate in Michigan has provided them with better investment prospects.

GRAND RAPIDS — Facing a future in which the role of the traditional automobile is changing, officials in Grand Rapids continue to evaluate long-term mobility investments, particularly when it comes to parking.

While for-profit businesses get the bulk of the credit for West Michigan’s economic success, the role that local nonprofits play in the community’s health, wealth and wellbeing often goes under-reported and unrecognized. 

Chervon North America will move its headquarters from downtown Grand Rapids to Naperville, Ill., a suburb outside of Chicago.

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Jan. 23, 2017.

• M&A: Bryan Betten and Chris Baker, two veteran West Michigan dealership executives, have acquired Grand Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Lowell from former owner Harvey Koning. Betten-Baker is in the process of acquiring the remaining Grand Auto Family Services Inc. dealerships owned by Koning, which include facilities in Grandville, Allegan and Lowell, said Pete Ricards, division director at Betten-Baker. The company also is acquiring a Big Rapids-based GMC dealership from Gary Trimarco Automotive group, but is waiting on manufacturer approval from General Motors to complete both deals. 

GE Aviation Systems Inc. will lay off 74 workers at its Grand Rapids facility.

Kellogg Co. plans to shed 250 positions as part of the global cereal giant’s Project K cost-cutting initiative.

A local developer has scrapped plans for multifamily housing at a proposed twin-tower downtown Grand Rapids development to pursue a hotel tenant instead, MiBiz has learned.

The parent company of the NBC affiliate in Grand Rapids has been acquired as part of a $4.6 billion deal.

A pair of longtime homebrewers plan to turn their hobby into a business on the east end of 28th Street.

Essence Restaurant Group will bring its popular Green Well Gastropub restaurant brand to northern Kent County.

Collins & Associates in Grand Rapids has acquired insurance broker SAIF Agency Group Inc. in Kingsley, just south of Traverse City.

The West Michigan office of commercial real estate brokerage Colliers International Inc. has expanded to the Lansing market.

Following a leadership succession plan put into place more than a year ago, Kalamazoo-based First National Bank of Michigan promoted Daniel Bitzer to president and CEO.

Mercantile Bank Corp. today reported higher earnings to end 2016, driven by strong loan growth.

GRAND RAPIDS — Middle-market companies across the Midwest expect smaller sales and employment gains in 2017 than their counterparts nationally, a sign that regional business growth is possibly peaking.

Battle Creek Area Community Federal Credit Union plans to merge into Berrien Springs-based Honor Credit Union.

Grand Haven CPA firm Walburg+Associates PC merged into Brickley DeLong PC in Grand Rapids.

An affiliate of Lansing-based development firm The Gillespie Co. Inc. plans to build a new mixed-use project at 2216 and 2224 East Michigan Ave. in the state’s capitol.

Two veteran West Michigan dealership executives have acquired Grand Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Lowell.

The West Michigan region’s largest airport continues to set records for passenger traffic.

Global food giant Kellogg Co. will be getting a new CFO next month.

Chick-fil-A Inc. seems relentless in its desire to secure a location near Knapp Street and East Beltline Avenue on Grand Rapids’ northeast side.

Schupan & Sons Inc. has acquired a majority interest in Trinity Metals, a metals recycler based in Indianapolis.

Advia Credit Union plans to buy a Wisconsin bank.

After opening its first West Michigan office late last year, Level One Bank has brought on veteran commercial banker Doug Kohlbeck as a senior vice president.

NVINT Services LLC plans to invest $364,000 in a facility expansion project that will allow the West Michigan technology company to adhere to its “aggressive growth trajectory” and meet customer demands.

A recently completed acquisition could help SpartanNash Co. (NASDAQ: SPTN) expand its presence in the food distribution space

Denso International America Inc. has joined the growing rank of organizations developing autonomous vehicle technology in Southeast Michigan.

A mix of economic optimism and the availability of capital should yield another strong year for acquisitions in 2017.

Michigan’s top housing and community development agency needs a new executive director.