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Student-run portfolio outperforms S&P 500

December 18, 2014
An investment portfolio run by a group of university students has outperformed the S&P 500 index this semester — and for “several years.” Read More

Snyder proposes 7-percent sales tax for roads

December 18, 2014
LANSING — Michigan voters would be asked to approve a 1-percentage-point hike in the 6-percent state sales tax as part of an estimated $1.6-billion road- and school-funding deal announced Thursday by Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders. Read More

Start Garden invests $20K more in app

December 18, 2014
A startup bridging the communication gap between local businesses and their customers has secured another $20,000 in funding from Start Garden. Read More

Brewery sells minority stake to Spanish company

December 17, 2014
One of the region’s top breweries is selling a 30-percent stake in its business to a brewer based in Madrid — to set its sights on “multi-generational” international growth. Read More

Holland Museum makes cuts, faces closure

Failed millage proposal leaves the facility’s future uncertain.

December 12, 2014
To keep the Holland Museum’s doors from closing permanently, the organization is hoping to gain community support as it enters a restructuring phase. Read More

Detroit exits bankruptcy after $1.28B bond sale

December 11, 2014
| By AP
DETROIT — Lawyers for Detroit said the city sold $1.28 billion in bonds on the eve of its exit from federal bankruptcy protection. Read More

Startup crowdfunds 'ruggedized' coffee maker

December 10, 2014
When Jim Doan came to St. Joseph in 2007 to work for Whirlpool, he moved into a new housing development with only about 25 percent of the homes built — which meant he observed a lot of construction sites. Read More

Health system partners with insurer on HMO plan

December 10, 2014
A national insurer is rolling out an HMO plan to the local market as part of a partnership with a health care system. Read More

Bank opens student-run location at school

December 9, 2014
A bank and nonprofit have partnered with a local middle school to launch an in-school bank run by students. Read More

County is talking trash

Waste haulers object to being ‘tax collectors.’

December 5, 2014
While Kent County commissioners move closer to a Dec. 18 vote on their latest plan for covering future “legacy” costs of three old county landfills, waste haulers are objecting to being tax collectors for the county government. Read More