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Mimi Fritz implements Downtown Market vision

For the last two years, Mimi Fritz has focused with single-minded determination on the construction, leasing, staffing and program development of the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. Read More


Cynthia Havard has a full plate

Cynthia Havard holds two vital roles in the success of Cole’s Quality Foods Inc. while working in a world traditionally dominated by men. Read More

Universal Forest Products ProWood Desperate Deck Contest

Universal Forest picks winner of $20K 'Desperate Deck' contest

A woman with a “Desperate Deck” is getting a $20,000 deck makeover. Read More

Simulation lab

Simulation lab receives grant for medical training equipment

The donation of more than $12,000 by a charitable foundation supporting osteopathic medicine will be used to help improve medical students’ and residents’ skills through a simulated experience before seeing actual patients. Read More

Die Cad takes advantage of 'woman-owned' designation

Die Cad Group has been around since 1995, but the company changed hands in 2013 and is now a certified woman-owned company, a factor that will likely help it attract new markets. Read More

tattoo removal

Far cheaper to get than to get rid of

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) There is definitely a growing market for tattoo removal — but no insurance covers it and removing one costs far more than getting it in the first place because of the expensive laser equipment involved, so tattoo removal businesses are still scarce in West Michigan. Read More

Mischa Barton ECIG

E-cigarette maker signs Mischa Barton for campaign

Actress Mischa Barton will be touring the U.K. countryside to find the next face of “vaping” for a maker of e-cigarettes. Read More

Meijer LPGA Classic Mirim Lee

LPGA tournament scores $600K for food pantries

With a successful LPGA tournament at Blythefield Country Club in the books, Meijer is making a big donation to help stock food pantries. Read More

Kellogg Company world headquarters

Kellogg releases diversity report

Kellogg has released a report that spotlights its efforts to create a diverse workforce and supply chain. Read More

Cultural competence: Have we arrived?

As the face of America darkens — and the West Michigan community becomes increasingly diverse — it’s important to step back and assess our ability to effectively work in cross-cultural situations. Read More

Religious affiliation can act as a buffer for companies

Consumers are likely to cut some slack for companies with a religious affiliation, according to a study led by a West Michigan professor. Read More

Uber ridesharing service off to great start in GR

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Uber, the mobile-app-based personal driving service that rolled out in Grand Rapids three weeks ago, is off to a great start in the city. Read More


Hops production on the rise

Pam Bouma Miller is very proud of the fact that her new business is a food processor, and she’s got the license to prove it. Read More


Businesswoman earns honor for nonprofit support

A Grand Rapids business owner is being recognized for the support services she provides to nonprofits that are using the Salesforce cloud computing and customer relations platform to manage their data. Read More


Salad restaurant enters downtown mix

An inexpensive, healthy twist to lunch will soon be available in downtown Grand Rapids. Read More

Sharon Loughridge

CEO of children’s nonprofit is retiring

Sharon Loughridge has made a 34-year career out of helping children. Read More

Bissell Pet Foundation

Fundraiser turns out pretty doggone good

It’s been said that money can’t buy love, but it sure will buy a lot of other things for “man’s best friend.” Read More