Items Tagged with 'small business'


Ignoring long-held, proven beliefs can be financially fatal

March 13, 2015
In 1559, King Henry II of France was mortally wounded in a jousting match outside of Paris. Read More

Management decisions are key to business resilience

November 8, 2013
The Great Recession killed off 170,000 to 200,000 small businesses between 2008 and 2010. Read More

Small business success enriches the lives of all of us

January 25, 2013
I listened to an interview with a woman on the radio recently stating that we need to get rid of the rich people in this country. Read More

Small business quietly reaches surprising milestone

October 1, 2012
Small business jobs — a handful here, a dozen there — don’t usually garner the same headlines that the opening of a new factory or service center does. Nevertheless, since January the numbers are adding up to real economic growth. Read More

The other shoe has dropped

October 1, 2012
After nearly 70 years downtown, Van Hoecks Shoes is closing. Greg Clarin, who has owned Van Hoecks for nearly 15 years, began his going-out-of-business sale late last week. The store at 95 Monroe Center sold quality name-brand men’s and women’s casual and dress shoes and was especially appreciated by customers who had difficulty in finding a proper fit because Van Hoecks offered a larger inventory of sizes and more personal service than national shoe chains and department stores. Read More

Small businesses fill 10K jobs

August 31, 2012

Since January, small businesses across Michigan have filled close to 10,000 jobs, according to the Michigan’s Small Business Jobs Insight project, which is designed to tally and report the growing number of small business jobs being filled in regions and industries across the state. The project is a cooperative effort of the Small Business Association of Michigan, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and Issue Media Group.

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