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Smart Bottoms

Diaper company on top of explosive growth

For those who have ever changed a diaper, prepare for the tale of a West Michigan company to cheer for. Read More

Titan Interiors

Bosnian brothers build on heritage

Growing up in Bosnia, Rudy Kadiric remembers handing nails to his father as they built a pole barn. Today, Kadiric and his brother, Muhamed, are continuing the family’s carpentry heritage in Grand Rapids. Read More

Adventure Credit Union

Credit union’s rebranding plays on state’s outdoor activities

After 80 years in business, Option 1 Credit Union wanted to better prepare for its future. Read More

Brix Soda

Craft culture pops for soda distributor

The craft culture in Grand Rapids is so strong it has convinced a soda distribution company to make its own soda. Read More

Mackinac Technology

Tech firm sees window of opportunity

A technology firm is looking to make commercial and residential buildings more sustainable by developing a window system that will keep hot and cold air from escaping. Read More

Brad Bruinsma

Inside Track: NAI Wisinski general manager banks on his relationships

Every business story essentially boils down to two great forces: money and people. Read More

Beer shopping? Just the facts, please

With a new wave of breweries opening in West Michigan — and across the nation — beer distributors have placed an added emphasis on facts, as available tap handles and shelf space continue to shrink. Read More

Chemical deal set to close this week

The biggest acquisition in Chemical Financial Corp.’s history is expected to close Wednesday, making the Midland-based bank the largest bank headquartered in Michigan. Read More

The Mitten State

GM partners with local merchandiser

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) General Motors now has a new location in Grand Rapids: your shirt. Read More

Search for new talent turns digital

Nestled in the upper left corner of the banner of michigansmartcoast.com is a simple call to action — “Discover Your Place.” Read More

Grant boosts GVSU professor’s honeybee study

Honeybees are dying, and researchers still don’t know why. But with a third of the food people eat dependent on honeybees, it’s imperative they find out. Read More

Muskegon River

Federal grant will be used to restore Muskegon Lake wetlands

The restoration of Muskegon Lake is worth millions. Read More

Forum strength rests on strong voices

The bi-annual West Michigan Policy Forum reservation line is open, even as the agenda still is taking shape for the Sept. 26 event, which currently gives emphasis to the GOP national agenda and presidential candidates. Read More

Open forums on policing have economic benefits

We don’t want to do Detroit again, one participant said, when 50 years later, the city still hasn’t fully recovered. Read More

Young people face immense financial challenges

August is the month when back-to-school sales seem to be everywhere and when the excitement of returning to school intensifies. Read More

What do you do when workplace ‘change’ happens?

For most people, “change” is a mixture of what was, what used to be, what I’m being faced with now, what I believe the future holds and what I have to change to face that future. Read More

Attorneys float carbon tax questions

When the United States signed the Paris Agreement on April 22, it joined 176 states and the European Union in making a commitment to hold the increase of planetary warming to 2 degrees Celsius or less. Read More

Heritage Pointe

Change Ups: Heritage Pointe draws medical service providers

First Companies recently finished construction of the Heritage Pointe complex, 2144 E. Paris Ave., a 42,792-square-foot Class A medical office building that is more than 75 percent leased to medical service providers. Read More

Resurgent auto sector responsible for steady growth

Job growth in Michigan was steady after allowing for the occasional bump, as occurred in May. Read More

Public Record

August 27 - Mortgages Read More

Street Talk: Talent drain’s strain

It seems like it has become a regular feature to highlight the juxtaposition of Grand Rapids being one of the fastest growing cities in the nation with the dearth of talent in the region. Read More