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Change Ups: Attorney launches legal fashion blog

November 14, 2014
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Foster Swift attorney Deanna Swisher has launched a blog that addresses legal developments affecting the fashion industry. Fosterfashion is designed as a resource for fashion designers, manufacturers, exporters, importers and retailers. Subscribers learn practical information and Swisher’s personal views on the intersection of fashion and culture in hopes of provoking a laugh, thoughtful discussion or both. Subscribe at


Netvantage Marketing announced it has expanded to Illinois with the addition of a third office, in Chicago. Netvantage also has an office in Lansing, and at 38 W. Fulton St. in downtown Grand Rapids.


Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. has reorganized to form an infrastructure division, which combines the company’s former civil and process departments into one area.


Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan announced its 2014 Torch Award recipients: Category I (1-25 employees): Peak Performance Chiropractic; Category II (26-249 employees): West Michigan Whitecaps; Category III (250+ employees): Kent Companies and Life EMS Ambulance; and Category IV (nonprofit): Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. Organizations honored as finalists are: Baxter Community Center, CasterDepot, Compucraft, Everdry of Greater Grand Rapids, Forest Hills Foods, Fox Motor Group, Independent Bank, Mid-Michigan Community Action Agency, Mill Steel Co. and Schaafsma Heating & Cooling.

Norton Shores City Manager Mark Meyers and Finance Director Mike Huston were recognized by the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee with its 2014 GEE! (Governments Encouraging Entrepreneurs) Award for re-purposing funds to benefit area businesses.


Mortgage 1 announced the additions of Rod Sutherlund, mortgage sales manager; Marcia Karis, senior loan officer; Lorie Rainbolt and Rachel Von Ins, mortgage loan officers; and Ronda Thon, mortgage loan processor.


Michigan Office Solutions is the newest corporate partner at University Corporate Research Park on the campus of Michigan State University. The Grand Rapids-based company moved an expanded Lansing staff to its new 4,000-square-foot facility in East Lansing.

Nichols announced the acquisition of Kellermeyer, a family owned and operated janitorial and industrial supply distributor for more than 70 years. The Kellermeyer location will be called Kellermeyer-Nichols.


ABC Western Michigan recognized 65 construction projects, eight Safety Award of Excellence nominees and five ICON nominees at its 2014 Excellence in Construction Awards. Wolverine Building Group won the Safety Award and Peter Kok of Miller Johnson won the ICON award. To see the winning construction projects and companies, go to and click on “Connect.”

Bruce Heys Builders Inc. announced the addition of Jon Thorburn, project manager, and Kristin Lake, office manager.

C.D. Barnes Construction has hired Kirt Ojala, vice president of business development; Jason Kauffman, estimating and project management team; Mark Elder, site superintendent; and Miranda Davis, support staff.

CSM Group of Kalamazoo has promoted Ali Rogers to brand manager and Sarah Lettow to human resources coordinator.


Baker College Online has been named a 2015 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine, which helps military personnel transition into civilian life. Baker has been included in the list every year since it was first published in 2010.

Grand Rapids Christian Schools announced the successful completion of its $42 million Learning Without Limits campaign, launched in October 2009.


Merrill Lynch announced financial advisor David Smits in Grand Rapids is celebrating his 25-year anniversary with the firm.


Grand Rapids Downtown Market announced Traverse City-based micro-distillery Grand Traverse Distillery will open a tasting room at the market in December. It will feature spirits to taste and buy by the bottle and local products and mixers that complement spirits.


Cherry Street Health Services has changed its named to Cherry Health to reflect that it is more than a single health center on Cherry Street. CH has 23 locations throughout the state and serves more than 60,000 patients with 60-plus providers and 800 employees.

Grand Rapids Ophthalmology announced the addition of glaucoma specialist and cataract surgeon Tara Golisch, M.D.

North Ottawa Community Health System in Grand Haven has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.


Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2014 announced the following 2014 Up and Coming Lawyers: Daniel J. Broxup, Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones; Nicholas F.X. Gumina, Eardley Law Offices; David C. Hill, Kreis Enderle Hudgins & Borsos; Stephen J. Hulst, Rhoades McKee; John W. Inhulsen, Foster Swift Collins & Smith; Jason C. Miller, Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey; Nicholas A. Reister, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge; and Amber J. Sturrus, Miller Canfield.


Visser Family YMCA in Grandville, which serves more than 2,000 members, celebrated the renovation and expansion of its facility. It has three new family locker rooms, 17 new pieces of Cybex exercise equipment, state-of-the-art men’s and women’s locker rooms and a renovated pool area.


WZZM 13 announced the return of former producer/reporter Meredith TerHaar as weekend morning news anchor and multimedia journalist. TerHaar replaces long-time weekend morning news anchor Jennifer Pascua, who has moved to the new weekday 5 p.m. news. TerHaar will start at WZZM Dec. 15.


Ottawa County congratulated Mark Bos, a magistrate in the 58th District Court, for receiving its Outstanding Customer Service Award, presented quarterly to an Ottawa County employee who exemplifies a friendly, professional demeanor to both internal and external customers.


First Companies announced the completion of a 33,500-square-foot facility that is phase I of Plasma-Tec’s expansion plans. A second construction phase is in early planning and development. Plasma-Tec is relocating from Byron Center to Wayland in its newly constructed facility.

Greenridge Realty hosted the Lowell Pink Arrow Project called the Lowell Community Pinknic, which raised more than $4,000 from food sales, donations and Pink Arrow T-shirts.

Grand Rapids Realtor Cheryl Grant announced the addition of Beth Grant, accredited buyers’ agent, to her team.


Cabela’s in Grandville honored the contributions of those who serve with its Hometown Heroes Celebration, which included a 10 percent discount on everything in the store excluding firearms and a 5 percent discount on firearms to all veterans and active duty military, reserve, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel.


Blue Medora and EMC Corp. have teamed up to address the needs of administrators running Oracle and SAP on EMC technology.

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