Economic Development

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Lakeshore Advantage sheds light on available resources

Organization holds networking event to give companies opportunity for growth.

September 23, 2016
West Michigan is populated with available resources and tools to assist fledgling and mid-sized companies grow and succeed. Read More

Pennsylvania coffee company plans factory

September 23, 2016
A coffee company based in Pennsylvania is planning to invest millions to open a plant in the region. Read More

National M&A leader coming to Grand Rapids

Kevin Short to speak to Western Michigan chapter of the Association of Corporate Growth.

September 16, 2016
A national leader in mergers and acquisitions is coming to Grand Rapids this week to speak to the Western Michigan chapter of the Association of Corporate Growth. Read More

Aviation supplier investing $14.5M in expansion

September 14, 2016
A maker of aircraft engine parts in the region is planning to expand into a third location and create 100 jobs in the process. Read More

Downtown hosts national arts conference

September 13, 2016
State arts agencies from across the country will visit downtown this week to explore the “dynamic connections among art, education and community vibrancy.” Read More

Ag-tech incubator invests in startups

Organization offers consultation, assistance to entrepreneurs.

September 9, 2016
The agriculture industry is changing, and the Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator wants to ensure entrepreneurs in the Midwest are ahead of the curve. Read More

Breton Village aims for specialty tenants

‘De-malling’ process begins for shopping center.

September 9, 2016
For the past 15 years, Scott Wierda has had a vision for Breton Village, and now the plan is coming to life. Read More

Entrepreneurs’ waning appetite for risk dampens SBA loan activity

Number of options for small businesses has put market on hold.

September 9, 2016
A larger number of options and tepid entrepreneurs have led to a dip in Small Business Administration lending at Huntington Bank. Read More

Preparing today’s youth for life after school

Mavin Global looks to inform students of wide range of job opportunities.

September 9, 2016
When Peter Whitehead was in high school trying to figure out what he wanted to do, the options seemed limited. Read More

City bumps parking fees amid demand

Downtown workers encouraged to park farther away, use public transit.

September 9, 2016
Downtown parking became more expensive by an average of $8 per space Sept. 1, when the city of Grand Rapids implemented rate changes throughout its parking system that it says are necessary to keep up with supply and demand. Read More