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Mike VanGessel likes to talk about the “why” behind his company’s decision to invest in the long-neglected west side neighborhood of Grand Rapids.

It’s been a busy year and a half for David DeBoer.

When Service Express Inc. (SEI) sought a buyer in 2015, owners Michael McCullough and Ed tenHaaf were just looking to retire. 

Jim Engen started Netech Corp. 20 years ago with five employees.

Martin Stein always noticed Grand Equipment Co. alongside I-196 when he drove through Hudsonville.

When Tom Fehsenfeld decided to retire from the family business he led for the past 40 years, he found himself in a position familiar to many manufacturers exploring succession options. 

When Remos Lenio and Philip Blanchard set out to acquire their first company under a newly formed firm, the partners knew they had one chance to confirm what they saw as an unexplored market niche. 

While Bloem LLC had been hunting for in-house production capacity that would allow it to grow, the company found its solution in an unlikely place: an unsolicited email from one of its largest competitors.

Buying or selling a business or putting together a major deal is not the time to get cheap.

After 23 years of active duty in the U.S. Army, Jason Schenkel faced an uncertain future when he retired from the military a little more than a year ago.

MUSKEGON — A scientist-turned-entrepreneur hopes to commercialize technology that will map and provide a specific treatment plan for invasive aquatic plant species based on their genetic profile. 

After 28 years with Grand Rapids-based construction subcontracting firm Kent Companies Inc., CFO Randy Brink has been through myriad up-and-down cycles. 

A focus on core principles and strict financial discipline allows Gary Rose to cut through a deluge of data each day as he monitors the performance of more than 160 Wendy’s restaurants. 

John Genualdi has spent the bulk of his career solving complex financial problems and turning around closely-held family businesses. 

Kraig Harper and other executives at Service Express Inc. began 2015 by seeking an investor to support a buyout of the company and continue to grow the business.

When Ken Diggs began his role as CFO with Greenleaf Hospitality Group Inc. in 2011, he joined a company amid a series of financial challenges. 

When Shari Dick joined the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce in 2014, sales were stagnant, turnover was high and many of the staff members worked in silos.

West Michigan World Trade Week is pleased to announce details of the 31st annual business conference on May 12, 2016.