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eAgile eSeal RFID packaging product

RFID maker earns patent for packaging product

A radio frequency identification company has been awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent Office for its packaging product that's designed to improve security and brand authenticity across the entire supply chain. 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

Joel Petersen

New Holland Brewing names VP of marketing

The new VP of marketing for New Holland Brewing Co. has been promoting craft beer brands on the West Coast. Read More

Sietsema Orchards Orange Label hard cider

Hard cider maker extends distribution

A hard cider maker is stretching its distribution footprint out of state. 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

Pressed mobile personal assistant app

Startup develops personal assistant app

A startup is developing a mobile app to take the time out of time management. Read More

New Holland Brewing taproom

Brewery expands distribution map

A maker of craft beer and spirits is growing its national distribution footprint by four states. Read More


Inside Track: Millennial entrepreneur rides the wave of GR’s renaissance

Even though Andrew Montpetit loved to draw as a kid, he was always told that “the starving artist” path was too financially risky. 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


Swift Printing expands, invests in new technology

Swift Printing & Communications, based on Bridge Street NW in Grand Rapids since 1954, acquired a smaller Wyoming company in July and put online in August a new state-of-the-art digital press. Read More


‘The works’ can include the dog, too

When Leo Schlesinger stresses that his Thunder Mountain Full Service Car & Dog Wash locations in West Michigan are “full service,” he really means it. Read More

Tom Doyle

Expensive beef, less boozing, beautiful barns

Catering professional Tom Doyle, a former long-time partner in the Brann restaurant chain and the new owner of Distinctive Catering by Brann’s, deals with a lot of change and challenges in what people want for their wedding receptions. Read More

Company culture viewed as integral to success of small businesses

Eighty-nine percent of entrepreneurs consider culture to be an important or very important contributor to the success of their business, according to a survey of 515 small businesses released by Turnstone, a Steelcase brand. Read More


Free academy introduces users to web development

There is a new batch of website builders and programmers ready to contribute to West Michigan’s tech industry. Read More

Tizzy mobile app

Startup develops social-polling app

A pair of Hope College students is developing a photo-based mobile app for indecisive people. Read More


Inside Track: Brewery Vivant is a good business and a good neighbor

The idea of making a career of beer has become an accepted premise in Grand Rapids, and few have done it better than Jason Spaulding. Read More


Flush with cash and eager to lend

Lingering aftereffects of the Great Recession are still visible in the commercial lending process, but banks today do have money to lend, and they are willing to deal to get the business, according to expert observers. Read More


From cardboard to . . . furniture?

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Environmentally friendly and custom personalized furniture or display pieces are now available as a new local company enters the market with the launch of an e-commerce website. Read More

Kalamazoo College students launch Versapp platform

Users of a new social media application no longer have to worry about not having a second chance to make a first impression with its concept of anonymous interaction. Read More


Ad agency creates for national art campaign

An ad agency is a creative design partner for a national campaign that's presenting some of the greatest pieces of American artwork in outdoor spaces throughout the country. Read More