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Sunday, 07 April 2013 20:34

Docs develop app to help pregnant women

When Dr. Mark Gostine found out that he was going to be a grandfather, he did what any caring doctor-dad would do: He sent health tips to daughter who was expecting her first child.

Sunday, 31 March 2013 22:00

Calif. investors seek Mich. companies

Investors attracted to deals on the coasts for years overlooked Michigan as a flyover state, but those perceptions seem to be slowly changing as more outside money sets its sights on in-state companies.

One local manufacturer turned a bad experience with off-the-shelf Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems into a business opportunity.

Rick DeVos — like his grandfather Richard DeVos, the co-founder of Amway Corp. — is writing a new page in the entrepreneur playbook with Start Garden, a $15 million investment fund that has been investing small amounts in scores of business concepts in the hopes of growing Michigan's next big win.

In a quest to fill West Michigan's early-stage funding gap, the $15 million Michigan Accelerator Fund I has invested $4.8 million in seven companies, with an additional $3 million earmarked for add-on investments in those companies.

Sunday, 17 March 2013 22:00

Business plan competitions at a glance

A compilation of business plan competitions in Michigan.

Sunday, 03 March 2013 22:00

Local teams vie for ACG Cup

One of three student MBA teams remaining in the West Michigan Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth Cup Competition will be named the regional winner on March 12 and compete in the Michigan Intrastate competition for a chance to win the prestigious ACG Cup.

GRAND RAPIDS — Robots and the role they may play in the future of professional sports will be the highlight this year of the Tech Trends predictions made by Keith Brophy, long-time West Michigan information technology serial entrepreneur.

Sunday, 17 February 2013 22:00

Is the MBA relevant for entrepreneurs?

GRAND RAPIDS — Sam Hogg got a master’s in business administration degree at Michigan State University’s Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, where he worked with MSU’s Technology and Innovation Center to create a company, GiftZip.com, that he sold in 2011 to gift card industry leader SVM LP.

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