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Dealer expands with used car dealership

July 31, 2014
A car dealer is expanding in one of its existing markets by opening a used-car dealership. Read More

Judge sentences self-employed couple to prison

July 30, 2014
A husband and wife with a pair of small businesses are going to prison for federal tax crimes. Read More

Indiana bank expands West Michigan holdings with $88.2M acquisition

July 28, 2014
An Evansville, Ind. financial services holding company is continuing its expansion strategy into Michigan with the pending $88.2-million acquisition of a Grand Rapids-based banking organization. Read More

PPT won't disappear with a 'yes' vote Aug. 5

Some businesses will be free of the personal property tax but not others.

July 25, 2014
One fact about Michigan’s personal property tax on business equipment is apparently overlooked in the blizzard of support for Proposal 1 on the Aug. 5 ballot. Read More

Form 5500 is late? That's $1,100 per day

Employers face Thursday deadline for employee benefits plans.

July 25, 2014
The annual deadline to file a report with the Department of Labor concerning retirement, health and welfare plans is quickly approaching for employers operating on the calendar year. Read More

Judge sentences ex-funeral home director to prison

July 25, 2014
| By AP
The former director of a funeral home is heading to prison for up to four years. Read More

Private equity firm acquires office supplies company

July 24, 2014
A private equity firm has added to its portfolio of companies by acquiring a maker of office supplies. Read More

Eastern Alliance Insurance Group opens facility in Grandville

Pennsylvania insurer specializes in workers’ compensation claims.

July 18, 2014
After dipping its toes in the water in neighboring Indiana, an insurance group specializing in workers’ compensation is ready to take the plunge in Michigan. Read More

Lamar in Chapter 7 bankruptcy

July 18, 2014
Lamar Construction of Hudsonville, one of the larger commercial/industrial construction companies in West Michigan, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy July 11, indicating in court documents it has more than 200 creditors and debts of $10 million to $50 million, with estimated assets between $10 million and $50 million. Read More

Tax collections lag economic recovery

July 18, 2014
Clear signs of an improving economy are seen on many fronts these days, but in West Michigan at least, property tax collections tend to lag behind the growth rate of income tax revenues. Read More