Firms, legislation, trends and awards


Hoops abound when starting a microbrewery

January 23, 2015
Thinking of jumping on the Beer City USA bandwagon and starting your own microbrewery? Read More

Snyder vetoes bills prohibiting e-cigarette regulation

January 22, 2015
LANSING — Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed bills to prohibit e-cigarettes from being regulated as tobacco products under Michigan law. 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

Immigration policy expands workforce

January 14, 2015
President Barack Obama’s expansion of deferred action to include parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, as part of his executive order on immigration, means employers across the region should be prepared to administer newly eligible workers. Read More

Elizabeth Joy Fossel advocates for diversity

January 13, 2015
In 2011, Varnum appointed Elizabeth Joy Fossel its first diversity and inclusion counsel — a position that has led her to foster greater inclusiveness throughout West Michigan and enhance understanding of the value of diverse perspectives, backgrounds, ethnicities and experiences. Read More

State approves $1.3B more for roads — if sales tax increase passes

January 13, 2015
LANSING — Governor Rick Snyder has signed laws to spend $1.3 billion a year more to mend deteriorating roads and other transportation infrastructure, contingent on Michigan voters increasing the state sales tax to 7 percent in May. Read More

Court rules in favor of Grand Rapids marijuana law

January 12, 2015
| By AP
The Michigan appeals court has ruled in favor of Grand Rapids in a county challenge to a local marijuana law. Read More

M&A activity will continue to make headlines in 2015

January 9, 2015
Mergers and acquisitions will continue to make headlines in 2015 as a positive climate is expected to continue for both buyers and sellers. Read More

Ex-cereal exec authors book on lobbying career

January 8, 2015
A former cereal executive has written a book on his 30-year lobbying career. Read More

VA exec resigns after bribery allegations

January 8, 2015
| By AP
The director of a county veterans office in the region has resigned as authorities investigate claims that he asked for cash and other favors. Read More