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Startup crowdfunds math app to unlock TV and gaming signals

January 30, 2015
A startup is crowdfunding its interactive product that stops the flow of TV and gaming images into the home — until kids solve math problems to earn every minute of their screen time. Read More

Hunting app secures $825K in funding

January 28, 2015
A startup web and mobile app to help hunters and anglers pinpoint their next locations has raised $825,000 in funding. Read More

Bank closes 37 in-store branches

January 26, 2015
A bank is closing 37 in-store branches as it ends a 10-year relationship with a retailer. Read More

Inside Track: Powered by challenges

Before joining Norris, Perné & French, Lon Swartzentruber helped a school system secure its financial future.

January 23, 2015
The new managing director — the first and only managing director — at Norris, Perné & French, the oldest privately owned investment management firm in Grand Rapids, is a guy with a track record of taking on difficult challenges. Read More

Bank closes six branches

January 23, 2015
A bank is closing six branches and consolidating them into other locations in response to “changing transaction patterns” by customers. Read More

Startup ships organic smoothies

January 19, 2015
A startup is creating and shipping ready-to-blend organic smoothies to help health-conscious consumers with little extra time. Read More

Economist sees interest rates rising in June

Comerica Bank’s 2015 economic forecast also sees U.S. auto sales nearing its ceiling.

January 16, 2015
Most executives in West Michigan business would probably agree the state and national economies have definitely come back to life, but it is already a mid-cycle economy in the U.S. now, according to Comerica Bank’s chief economist Robert A. Dye. Read More

Michigan changes Internet sales tax law

January 16, 2015
LANSING — Michigan residents who buy from Amazon, Overstock and some other online retailers will be forced to pay the state's 6-percent sales tax starting in October, a move to close what backers say is a loophole that has left traditional businesses at a disadvantage. Read More

Meg Goebel serves community

January 13, 2015
In 1994, Meg Goebel decided to purchase her father’s insurance agency and has never looked back. 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