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Founders uses window of opportunity

Despite growing to be the 17th largest craft brewery — No. 23 overall — in the country last year, Founders Brewing Co. is about to embark on a scale that is new to the company. Read More

First & Main

First & Main brings small town vibe to senior communities

An assisted living and memory care community anticipated to open this fall will not only provide clinical care, but also main street amenities and technology. Read More

Covenant Development

Franchise finds niche home market in WM

About a dozen years ago, Peter Engles was living in Columbus, Ohio, trying to find a way into the real estate market. Read More

GR Research Center

Research center seen as catalyst

As the second research center in the downtown Grand Rapids area, the impact of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s new facility could create a ripple effect of economic activity. Read More


Researchers digging through Michigan trash bags

A group of researchers has been digging through trash bags across Michigan this summer in an effort to gather information about what is being thrown away. Read More

Regional airport authority OK’d by Legislature

The proposed regional airport authority to run Gerald R. Ford International Airport is definitely moving forward, but it still has a long runway ahead. Read More

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Export economic development tool is down to the wire

Tomorrow’s expiration of the federal Export-Import Bank’s charter — if Congress does actually let it happen — will have “an impact right here in the Grand Rapids area,” according to U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan. Read More

Fifth Third trims branches

Fifth Third Bancorp in Cincinnati has announced it will move forward on its “expected” changes to its branch network — namely, the consolidation or sale of about 100 branches, as well as the sale of about 30 properties it had purchased previously for future branch expansion. Read More

Planning the Michigan marijuana industry

Three organizations — only one of which is revealing its financial backers at this point — claim to be working on plans for the commercialization of fully legalized recreational marijuana in Michigan. Read More

Co-op launches crowdfunding campaign to save honeybees

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The plight of the honeybees has been gaining a lot of attention as scientists try to figure out what is behind the current trend of colony collapse disorder, which is when adult worker bees disappear from their hives leaving a queen, immature bees and honey behind. Read More

Microsoft no longer supporting Windows 2003 beginning next month

If your business is still using Windows 2003, it’s long past time for an upgrade, and soon you’ll really have no choice. The software has simply reached the end of its lifecycle. Read More

Whirlpool and Kohler team up on zero water waste

Home appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corp. has announced plans to join forces with a manufacturer of kitchen and bath products on a zero waste initiative. Read More

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C.R.A.P. Store opens in Wyoming

Want to buy some cheap C.R.A.P.? Read More

Joint liability found in H2A grower/contractor relationship

While working with an H2A labor contractor to obtain foreign migrant workers can be beneficial for growers in terms of easing costs and liability, it doesn’t waylay all risks for the grower, particularly if the labor contractor isn’t following all of the rules and regulations outlined by the U.S. Department of Labor. Read More

Attorney General claims Western Sky borrowers due refunds

Michigan’s Department of Insurance and Financial Services is asking the Michigan Credit Union League and other trade associations in the Michigan financial sector to help make sure their members know about refunds that may be due them from Western Sky Financial LLC. Read More

‘Payday’ loans aren’t loans under Michigan law

The so-called payday lenders in Michigan are subject to state law and regulated by the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, but they are not subject to the legal maximum interest rates established by state law. Read More

Power of partnerships moves economic needle to unforeseen heights

Grand Rapids Business Journal opined in 2000 that Jay Van Andel’s gift of the $60 million Van Andel Institute could be considered a far-reaching legacy not just for Grand Rapids but for the state and the world. Read More

Don’t count on government for the American Dream

Although the 114th Congress is active, the looming fiscal crisis is one-half-year closer. Read More

Eyes on the road (restrictions)

You have found the perfect building for your client to own or occupy. Your client’s business depends on large trucks to carry materials to and from its site. Read More

Many savings options are available when it comes to roads

Editor: As a small business owner recently on a sales call in Battle Creek, I was amused to witness four Michigan State Police Suburbans parked outside a restaurant during the lunch hour left running while four state police officers dined on their chosen fare. Read More

Never pass up the opportunity to listen and learn

About six years ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Read More

Becoming referable is a matter of earning, not asking

A good friend gave me a book about building your business through referrals. Read More

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Enriching older adult lives through technology

Organizations serving older adults are leveraging technology and innovative programs to change how people age and provide life-enriching experiences to seniors. Read More

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Provider reduces burden of family caregiving

As the economic impact of unpaid family caregivers increases in the United States, an in-home provider serving the Greater Grand Rapids area is looking to reduce the burden and stress of providing care to family members. Read More

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Change Ups: Grant strengthens food standards

A Michigan Department of Health and Human Services $1.76 million grant that totals $440,000 a year for the next four years will be divided among six local organizations. Read More

Michigan retailers expect summer sales gains

LANSING — Michigan retailers’ summer sales forecasts remain strong despite a dip in sales in May, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More

Public Record

June 26 — Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: A Rolls Royce of a philanthropist

The death of one of Grand Rapids’ patron saints of the arts is being felt throughout the community. Read More