Focus

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Hoops abound when starting a microbrewery

January 23, 2015
Thinking of jumping on the Beer City USA bandwagon and starting your own microbrewery? Read More

Brewer doubles on success

January 23, 2015
When new leadership took over Saugatuck Brewing Co. in 2009, the brewery was producing approximately 500 barrels of beer annually. Read More

New Holland shifts strategy to market rollouts

Company’s HR plan taps into experienced personnel from other breweries.

January 23, 2015
Even with its new west-side Grand Rapids taproom and brewing facility a year away, New Holland Brewing Co. still had a big year in 2014. Read More

Barfly spreads its wings with expansion plans

Company hopes to double its number of bars — and revenue — by end of the year.

January 23, 2015
Barfly Ventures entered 2014 with five bars. Read More

A bigger company requires bigger logistics

SpartanNash is a global distributor of groceries, including U.S. military clients.

January 16, 2015
When Michigan’s Spartan Stores Inc. merged with Nash Finch Co. of Edina, Minn., in 2013, it created one of the nation’s largest combined retailer/wholesalers of groceries, with a logistics network serving stores in more than 40 states plus the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Azores, Bahrain and Egypt. Read More

Mills honored by Association of Energy Engineers

January 16, 2015
Diane Mills of Ameresco’s Grand Rapids office was presented with a national award this fall from the Association of Energy Engineers. Read More

Energy Savings Performance Contract leads to award for Battle Creek

The Grand Rapids office of Ameresco coordinated the projects at city facilities.

January 16, 2015
Energy-efficiency improvements at Battle Creek city facilities earned the Cereal City a 2014 Michigan Economic Development Corp. Energy Services Coalition Award, according to Ameresco Inc., a nationwide firm with an office in Grand Rapids. Read More

Now is the time to buy or sell a business

An M&A expert says three good years of business and low interest rates are a magic combo.

January 9, 2015
“Right now is the perfect market” for selling or buying a business, according to Randy Rua of Rua Associates. Read More

Banks and businesses are watching the interest rates

A professional says there’s ‘no way on earth’ the rates are going to stay this low forever.

January 9, 2015
With the start of 2015, the subject of interest rates has become a lot like the weather: Everybody is talking about — or at least thinking about — it. Read More

Whole U GR Expo comes to St. Cecilia’s

Event integrates body, mind, spirit and community to encourage healthy living.

January 2, 2015
A holistic health event focusing on promoting healthy lifestyle habits is coming to Grand Rapids while New Year’s resolutions are still top of mind. Read More