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Mergers and acquisition activity remained strong in West Michigan through the third quarter, as many sellers opted to go to market while they can still get a good price for their businesses.

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As the West Michigan region continues to grow, many people wonder where it could be headed in the next decade.

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As more high school students eschew enrolling in college, West Michigan technical centers and higher education institutions are searching for ways to push them to different career pathways.

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Two trade groups debuted a new association health plan for Michigan small businesses as employers prepare to enter the annual open enrollment period for 2019 health insurance policies.

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A group of investors plans to open a commercial-scale malting and grain-processing facility about an hour east of Kalamazoo to serve the region’s growing craft beverage industry.

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A Chicago-based investment firm has purchased a more than 90,000-square-foot industrial property in Ottawa County.

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As supply chains adjust to new realities in international trade, West Michigan manufacturers are entering the final months of 2018 with “caution.”

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Acquiring Lakeland Health solidly positions Spectrum Health in a new market in Southwest Michigan.

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Private equity firm Auxo Investment Partners has completed its fifth acquisition in 13 months with a deal for a Warren-based stamping manufacturer.

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One West Michigan adviser hopes to channel the cultural shift toward localism into corporate succession planning by helping business owners preserve local ownership of their companies after an exit.

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Since opting to allow medical marijuana businesses in July, Grand Rapids has seen a wave of development interest that’s driving up real estate prices and sending city officials scrambling to adapt with new regulations.

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Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. continues on a growth trajectory, even after feeling the effects of a devastating hurricane last month.

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Two arterial roads through the city’s central business district could go from one-way to two-way streets under a new plan being considered by the Downtown Development Authority.

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Direct-selling giant Amway Corp. has hired a new outside CEO.

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The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) has been named the state’s fifth “Cyber Range Hub,” an initiative aimed at bolstering the Michigan’s cybersecurity defenses.

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Automotive supplier Spectrum Industries Inc. is relocating two West Michigan manufacturing operations to Kentucky.

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A Milwaukee-based private equity firm has acquired Structural Concepts Corp., a manufacturer of refrigerated display cases in Muskegon County.

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Venture capital investors made fewer deals in Michigan during the third quarter than the same period a year earlier, although the amount invested more than tripled.

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A Grand Rapids-based energy distribution company has added the Novi-based Harris Oil Corp. to its portfolio of businesses.

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Perrigo Co. plc named a former tobacco company executive as president and CEO.

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Optimism about the economy remained high going into the third quarter among Michigan businesses surveyed by PNC Bank.

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The association health plan created by two trade groups representing small businesses in Michigan offers a new option for employers to consider for their employee health benefits.

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A Northern Michigan investor group has acquired the assets of Air-Services Inc., a charter aviation provider serving the business market in Northern Michigan.

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A Silicon Valley startup is relocating its operations to Kent County.

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Huntington Bank plans to close 31 branches in Michigan and consolidate them with nearby offices.

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In response to increased demand, West Michigan Compounding LLC is investing $6 million into its existing facility in Montcalm County.

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A West Michigan-based private equity-backed HVAC equipment manufacturer has been sold to privately-held Madison Industries of Chicago.

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The Michigan Milk Producers Association plans to invest $24 million to expand its existing dairy plant operations in St. Joseph County.

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Grand Valley State University today signed an agreement that allows students who want to pursue a medical career to apply early to the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, also known as WMed.

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The Michigan Venture Capital Association presented Jody Vanderwel, the former president of Grand Angels, with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

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