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When Mark Sellers bought Grand Rapids Brewing Co. last year, he thought he bought all of its assets. But it turns out he had a cybersquatter parked on his website who refused to relinquish the domain name until the squatter, a Grand Rapids Internet promotions company, was paid $2,000.

Now Sellers owns the web address,, and will use the site to help market his new brewpub when it opens this August at the entrance to the city’s entertainment district on Ionia Avenue and Fulton Street.

Tuesday, 03 April 2012 10:38

Goodbye privacy by 2027

In 15 years, the concept of privacy will be replaced by an all-intrusive social network connected to people who have wireless electronic devices implanted in their bodies.

Tuesday, 03 April 2012 09:52

Google lends small biz a hand

Joe Pohlen, 25, is a student at Grand Valley State University by day and an entrepreneur by night. What he lacked to help his second job — exporting surplus medical supplies to Nicaragua and importing cacao powder in those same bags back to the United States — was a website to help get the word out.

The state stands to add 27,000 new life science jobs by 2020, according to a report issued last month by the Business Leaders for Michigan. On the other hand, life science professionals and economists counter by saying these robust job projections may be overly optimistic.

CLIMAX — Stephen Jessup, principal of the Jessup Group, is a Battle Creek native who used to travel to large cities for his healthcare accounting business. But when CTS Telecom Inc. installed high-speed optic fiber to a building in his hometown, he cut back on his travel and did more business with his clients in cyber space.

Monday, 13 February 2012 09:25

Kellers share biz lessons

The best lesson an entrepreneur can teach his children is empowerment, Fred Keller, founder and CEO of Cascade Engineering Inc., told a few dozen members of aimWest at the technology networking group’s January meeting.

More than a dozen of the 41 new vehicles launched during the press preview of the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit were hybrid, plug-in hybrid electric or all-electric vehicles.

Thursday, 19 January 2012 09:13

Vinyl niche growing despite digital revolution

Ben Angelo grew up listening to music from his folks’ giant collection of vinyl records. But when CDs took over the music scene in the 1990s, he left analog recordings behind.

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