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The physical presence of Hope College is about to change thanks to a healthy fundraising campaign and a shared vision with the city of Holland.

A local company is offering a smarter, more energy efficient way to light outdoor spaces.

Thanks to two substantial Small Business Association loans, Alternative Engineering will soon be moving operations from their cramped Broadway Avenue location in the RT London complex to a location on West River Drive.

Dan Slate and Scott Hunt know a good business opportunity when they see it. In their case, the growing Michigan craft brewing industry needed help that they along with some key partners could offer.

A new law aimed to help port communities ensure they have federal funding to maintain their harbors appears to have fallen short of the towns' expectations.

Sunday, 10 June 2012 21:36

UICA not alone in facing restructuring

GRAND RAPIDS — That arts organizations struggled during the recent economic downturn should surprise no one, but when a cultural institution that appeared to be going in the right direction faltered, the West Michigan community took notice. 

Such is the case with the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, which announced that it was in financial trouble just 10 months after its widely publicized community move from the location at 41 Sheldon Avenue to 2 East Fulton Street in downtown Grand Rapids.

GRAND RAPIDS — While West Michigan's so-called Big Three furniture companies carry most of the public spotlight, many second-tier companies are nimbly negotiating the changing patterns of work in today's office.

With today's offices rapidly trending toward open, collaborative spaces designed to facilitate interaction between employees, furniture companies have become increasingly focused on the most effective ways people work together.

GRAND RAPIDS — With gas prices rising and an increasingly large number of people living and working in cities, Nate Phelps says he found a great opportunity to realize his lifelong dream of owning a bike shop in Grand Rapids. 

Opened in March, Central District Cyclery is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids on Monroe Center in the space previously occupied by City Market. The retail store specializes in selling and servicing bicycles geared toward the urban rider, such as road and urban commuter bikes.

For Gazelle Sports co-founder Chris Lampen-Crowell, giving back is all about advocating for a healthier, more active community.

Lampen-Crowell co-founded the small West Michigan-based chain of running and fitness stores in 1985. From the beginning, the retailer focused on building a community of health and fitness conscious individuals.

Friday, 06 July 2012 15:16

Steelcase envisions living on video

Before too long, video conferencing will become the dominant mode of communications in the workplace. That's according to Steelcase Inc., the Grand Rapids-based office furniture manufacturer that unveiled a series of concept products at this year's NeoCon trade show.

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