STEVENSVILLE — Peat’s Cider Social had been open for less than two weeks when co-founder Dan Peat began hearing about a highly infectious virus that was starting to affect various parts of the country.
PAW PAW — When clients pivoted, so did Rene Rodriguez. In one instance, an industrial packaging maker in Bangor that serves the auto industry slowed when the pandemic hit, so the company retooled and shifted to design and produce face shields.
GRAND RAPIDS — The owners of the iconic Waters Building admit they’ve been “fortunate” in avoiding most adverse effects stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
GRAND RAPIDS — Josh Freeney has a decade-long head start on all the professionals who are just now being thrust into a situation where they’re working remotely.
GRAND RAPIDS — For the family-owned startup Soldadera Coffee LLC, the COVID-19 crisis has brought an unexpected opportunity.
When Nic and Joanna Merrill heard about shortages of hand sanitizer in Southwest Michigan, they began wondering how their company, craft distillery Kalamazoo Stillhouse, could help fill the void.
Mitch Ermatinger’s outlook has improved in the weeks since the mid-March closure of all Michigan bars and restaurants, but the economic effects of the pandemic are still weighing heavily on the co-founder of Speciation Artisan Ales LLC.
The recent shutdown forced many small craft beverage companies to shift their business models on the fly.
Oktober Design LLC proves the aphorism of being in the right place at the right time when it comes to finding success in business.
Call it the six stages of COVID-19 coping: Experiencing shock. Assessing. Recalibrating. Cash Flowing. Helping. Imagining. That seems to sum up an emotional and intellectual path many West Michigan business owners have travelled recently as their companies faced extraordinary circumstances brought on by the spread of coronavirus.