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Venture capital, private equity looking up locally

September 17, 2010

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The Charter Group’s Dale Grogan, left, is pictured with John Kerschen, managing partner of the company. They are managing directors of the Michigan Accelerator Fund I.

As has happened in all capital markets, private equity and venture capital firms have faced some difficult times over the past two years, both locally and nationwide. The local market appears to be slowly gaining steam amid renewed investor confidence, and there are new developments under way that could increase access to venture capital for local entrepreneurs — long a concern of local economic development professionals.

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De Young Repositioning Companies

April 25, 2008

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Galen De Young’s skills as an accountant have served him well in marketing.

GRAND RAPIDS — Oddly enough, Galen De Young would not have his company, marketing career, wife or family if not for corporate fraud.

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Consultant Scores With Web Efforts

November 27, 2007

GRAND RAPIDS — With virtually no marketing, the second of local technology consultant Brian Anderson’s software-as-a-service Web applications is taking off on a global scale.

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Government Contracts: PTAC <br>Aids Businesses

November 16, 2007

MUSKEGON — The Muskegon-based Procurement Technical Assistance Center is hoping that its new educational components will show some increased results on behalf of its clients this year.

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Williams Pursues New Directions

November 12, 2007

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"We have a lot of different directions, and we're going to keep building on that," said Mike Williams regarding Springthrough Technology + Marketing.

GRAND RAPIDS — There is a "For Sale" sign on the front lawn of Mike Williams' seven-year-old consulting firm, Springthrough Technology + Marketing.

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Biologists' Value Grows

November 9, 2007

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Randy Durkee unloads corn into a grain loader earlier this year at U.S. Bio Woodbury, the U.S. BioEnergy ethanol plant in Lake Odessa. Alternative energies, materials and related sustainable business practices are gaining momentum in the education world.

A few short years ago, whenever a student asked Michigan State University Professor Bruce Dale if there was sufficient opportunity for a career in bio-based fuels and materials, his honest response was “no.”

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New Group Promotes Processes Based <br>On Business Intelligence

November 9, 2007

GRAND RAPIDS — The West Michigan Business Intelligence Community, which has been invitation only since its inception last January, is opening its membership to the public with an inaugural luncheon Dec. 10.

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WIRED Inspiring Innovation Efforts

November 9, 2007

GRAND RAPIDS — A portion of the multi-layered Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development Initiative is tasked with a daunting mandate to facilitate creativity in the West Michigan work force.

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Making Parking Ramps Pretty

November 5, 2007

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The new parking ramp on Michigan State University’s North Campus that is frequently associated with typical academic building design.

During construction of the latest addition on Michigan State University’s historic North Campus in East Lansing, passersby consistently inquired what academic department was moving into the new structure between Morrill Hall and the Human Ecology building.

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LifeSavers No More

November 5, 2007

Owners of the former LifeSavers manufacturing facility at 635 E. 48th St. have been showcasing the facility’s recently completed $2 million renovation to the West Michigan community.

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