An in-depth look at specific West Michigan industries.


Medical marijuana law may receive upgrades

Attorney says bills may ‘shore up’ some issues occurring at the federal level.

November 27, 2015
A series of three bills that passed through the Michigan House and are now expected to be taken up by the Senate would enhance the state’s medical marijuana law, possibly paving the way for lucrative business ventures. Read More

Copyright infringement cases take a personal turn

Ohio company uses U-M football fan’s likeness for T-shirts.

November 27, 2015
Chris Baldwin, the University of Michigan sophomore whose utter shock and bewilderment was broadcast across the country repeatedly following Michigan State University’s defeat of U-M in the last 10 seconds of a football game last month, is now playing a starring role on a T-shirt produced by an Ohio company. Read More

The FDA’s stick gets bigger

One of the significant changes requires foreign farms to be compliant with U.S. safety standards.

November 27, 2015
The United States Food and Drug Administration is getting a bigger stick to wave to help prevent food-borne illnesses. Read More

Special lane designations would increase mass transit efficiency

Bill seeks approval to construct BRT lanes on Michigan highways.

LANSING — A new bill to allow local transit agencies to construct Bus Rapid Transit lanes on state highways would make mass transit more efficient, advocates say. Read More

Millennial home buying is now trending

The tech-savvy, fast-paced generation is poised to make a splash in mortgage lending.

November 20, 2015
Change is coming on the home-buying front. Read More

Report finds a market for homebuyers 55 and up

Many are downsizing ahead of retirement years for easier navigation and upkeep.

November 20, 2015
The 55-and-up homebuyer market is heating up, according to a new report from the National Association of Home Builders. Read More

Ready for a rate hike?

While interest rate increases may be on the horizon, they’re not expected to rock the housing boat too significantly.

November 20, 2015
In its October 2015 Economic and Mortgage Finance Commentary, the Washington, D.C.-based Mortgage Bankers Association indicated it anticipates nearly $905 billion in purchase mortgage originations in 2016, which is a 10 percent increase from 2015, and refinance originations to decrease by nearly 33 percent to $415 billion due to the likelihood of rising rates. Read More

A 70 percent town

Officials know there’s more work to be done on the city’s brand recognition.

November 13, 2015
In 2008, Kent County had hotel occupancy of 48 percent. Read More

‘Backyard’ winery helps push Michigan’s industry

Proximity to Grand Rapids turns out to be a challenge for Fenn Valley.

November 13, 2015
Brian Lesperance would like to think of Fenn Valley Vineyards and Wine Cellar as Grand Rapids’ hometown winery. Read More

Customer service is big with Biggby franchise owner

She runs the coffee shop more like a mom-and-pop operation.

November 13, 2015
Walk into Biggby Coffee on Gezon Parkway in Wyoming, and a “Hello!” is on its way. Read More