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Search for new talent turns digital

Lakeshore Advantage unveils website designed to attract young professionals to region.

August 26, 2016
Nestled in the upper left corner of the banner of michigansmartcoast.com is a simple call to action — “Discover Your Place.” Read More

Chemical deal set to close this week

Acquisition of Talmer will make bank the largest headquartered in Michigan.

August 26, 2016
The biggest acquisition in Chemical Financial Corp.’s history is expected to close Wednesday, making the Midland-based bank the largest bank headquartered in Michigan. Read More

Metro Cruise rolls into 28th Street

August 26, 2016
An event featuring a 16-mile stretch of cars is gearing up to take over 28th Street this weekend. Read More

Metro Cruise ready to rev up its economic engine

12th annual event could draw millions in spending to 28th Street corridor.

August 19, 2016
Michigan has always been the car industry state, and perhaps no West Michigan event shows that off better than the annual 28th Street Metro Cruise. Read More

Parental predicament: Save for retirement or pay for college?

Tuition increases make it important to plan financially.

August 19, 2016
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) All across the nation, college tuition prices continue to rise, and the state of Michigan is no different. Read More

Cell provider Ting finds good reception in Grand Rapids

August 19, 2016
Yes, there are other cellphone providers beyond the “big four” of Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T. Read More

GROW wins federal nod for lending

Certification allows nonprofit to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars.

August 19, 2016
A new certification allows Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women to increase its lending level into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Read More

Survey: 72 percent of firms plan to expand

Employers in Allegan, Ottawa counties also are addressing talent shortage.

August 12, 2016
For the third straight year, employers in West Michigan see an increase in sales, according to a report from Zeeland-based Lakeshore Advantage. Read More

Patrols extend helping hands in Heartside

Neighborhood gets special attention from Safety Ambassador Program.

August 12, 2016
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Three years in, the Safety Ambassador Program continues to work on improving the perception of safety downtown. Read More

Recession wake-up call spurred drive for merger

Progressive AE acquires design firm to become more resilient.

August 12, 2016
Progressive AE has served a diverse set of industries for decades, but the Great Recession showed the architecture and engineering firm’s leadership its Midwest connections were hampering growth. Read More