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Making a living from old appliances

Some people may restore a 1964 Ford Mustang and become very attached to it. Matt Prentice has restored a Frigidaire Flair range and became just as attached to it. Read More

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Haworth moves swiftly toward sustainability goals

Global furniture manufacturer Haworth Inc. has committed to sourcing 100 percent sustainable wood and eliminating 56 dangerous chemicals from its products by the end of 2015. Read More

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More motorists seriously injured in construction zones

LANSING — Serious injuries from Michigan road construction crashes are on the rise, although the actual number of crashes, deaths and all injuries has dipped. Read More

Frank Peterson

Inside Track: The new face of change at Muskegon City Hall

Don’t ever try to suggest to the new city manager that Muskegon is just a gritty Rust Belt town, a former industrial center down on its luck and struggling to stay alive — like, say, Flint. Read More

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Snyder targets Michigan’s poor recycling record

Gov. Rick Snyder is asking Michiganders to stop taking out the trash. Read More

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Ludington carferry invests in new technology

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Lake Michigan Carferry Inc., owners of the S.S. Badger in Ludington, have announced that installation of the first phase of a new combustion control technology will be completed before the start of the 2014 sailing season May 16. Read More

City approves finance pact with DGRI

A financial agreement between the city of Grand Rapids and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. has been approved by the city commission, despite objections by city comptroller Sara Vander Werff. Read More

Holistic provider network looks to optimize wellness

A group of wellness-related businesses have banded together to offer discounted prices for those who want to add to their conventional health care. Read More

Kent County senior millage on August ballot

A committee of the Kent County Board of Commissioners has approved proposed language for the August primary election ballot that would renew the senior services millage at 0.50 mills. The wording of the ballot proposal now goes to the full commission May 8. Read More

Foundation honors women for achievements and courage

Five West Michigan women are being recognized this week for their business leadership and other contributions at an annual event. Read More

Test kitchen and production line could cook up new Michigan jobs

LANSING — Michigan food entrepreneurs would be able to take their idea and turn it into frozen meals on the shelves of local grocery stores using a proposed mock production line. Read More

Kent County commission to consider agribusiness study

An agribusiness “community work group,” similar to the one set up by Kent County a couple of years ago to study collaboration and potential consolidation of local governments, has been proposed by the Board of Commissioners’ Executive Committee. Read More

Partnership launches med-tech venture fund

The medical field is gaining a new investor for entrepreneurs pursuing the launch of innovative technology products or services. Read More

GVHP’s ‘can-do’ attitude engages employees

A local West Michigan leader in health maintenance is shaking it up when it comes to employee involvement for organizational development. Read More

Drones flying despite FAA ban, but industry wants rules

LANSING — State and university officials as well as entrepreneurs in Michigan are anxiously awaiting the results of a federal appeal that will affect how a commercial drone industry develops in the state and across the country. Read More

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Snow delays spring corn planting and asparagus harvest

LANSING — Farmers may be off to a late start this year after snowfall and low temperatures put them behind schedule. Read More

As Michigan rebounds, complacency is the biggest threat

Business Leaders for Michigan revealed its media campaign this month to focus on a cup less than half full of accomplishments it had identified to guide the state to a top 10 status for jobs, personal income and economic health. Read More

New rules on veterans and disabilities are in effect

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs recently enacted two new ground-breaking regulations implementing the Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act. Read More

Justice, like beauty, often lies in the eye of the beholder

Odd things happen in courtrooms — which is one more reason to wish that spring break vacations in Clearwater Beach, Fla., could last longer than they do. Read More

7.5 responsibilities sales leadership has to its salespeople

All salespeople are given a plan, a quota, or some kind of “numbers” to achieve as a major part of their job requirement. Read More

Congress expands dredging projects — 14 in Michigan

LANSING — Everybody knows water flows, but not many people know that the sediment below it does too. Read More

Nominations sought for Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies

It’s that time of year again: The Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies awards program is looking for companies, nonprofits and educational institutions in Michigan that are leading the way on sustainable and green initiatives. Read More

James Hadley

Change Ups: EMT deemed a star

James Hadley, an emergency medical technician for Life EMS Ambulance, was honored recently with the 2014 Star of Life Award at the American Ambulance Association’s Star of Life celebration in Washington, D.C. Read More

The American Dream — possible for everyone?

A number of topics have come together to help shape this article. Maybe the best place to start is by setting the stage about the concept of the American Dream. Read More

Public Record

April 18 — Mortgages Read More