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State Bar honors attorney Carl Ver Beek with highest award

Varnum attorney’s lengthy career is marked by community and professional participation.

August 29, 2014
On Sept. 17, the State Bar of Michigan will honor Varnum attorney Carl Ver Beek with the Roberts P. Hudson Award at its annual meeting being held in Grand Rapids. Read More

Law firm adds practice group focused on managing data

A common problem for companies is maintaining far more data than necessary.

August 29, 2014
More than 190 billion emails are being sent globally each business day, which means companies are generating data at an ever-accelerating pace, according to Dawn Garcia Ward, attorney at Warner Norcross. Read More

Declining demographic, better economy impact enrollment

To compete, West Michigan colleges and universities are increasing their recruitment efforts.

August 22, 2014
Students are beginning to take their seats as college classes kick off for the fall semester, but enrollment may face challenges in the future. Read More

WMU students launch SafeSense Technologies with impact sensor

Helmet product is designed to measure concussive blows on gridiron and battlefield.

August 22, 2014
An innovative pressure sensor developed by West Michigan University graduate students can now detect concussive head trauma, with applications both on the playing field and in the battlefield. Read More

GRCC toasts area's philanthropic spirit as it turns 100

College’s ‘100 Ways to Give’ effort incorporates extensive service projects.

August 22, 2014
As Grand Rapids Community College celebrates its 100th birthday, staff and students are participating in service projects to give back to the community. Read More

Calvin adds Chinese language education major/minor

State approval results in curriculum that trains students to teach Chinese.

August 22, 2014
To meet the growing demand for Chinese language instruction, a Grand Rapids liberal arts college has become one of the few academic institutions in the state to offer a Chinese language education program. Read More

GRCC offers Homeland Security training course

New class seeks to develop critical thinking skills in emergency situations.

August 22, 2014
A new course offered this fall at a Grand Rapids college will have students and professionals on high alert as they learn how to assess, identify, protect and react to emergency situations. Read More

Hops production on the rise

A new grower near Greenville has become a licensed food processor.

August 15, 2014
Pam Bouma Miller is very proud of the fact that her new business is a food processor, and she’s got the license to prove it. Read More

Real estate firm uses restaurant to support charity

Third Coast Development owns El Barrio in Mid Towne Village.

August 15, 2014
A restaurant is a place to sit and enjoy a good meal with good company. Read More

Money for everything from farms to factories — and libraries

USDA Rural Development loans help growers with a variety of programs.

August 15, 2014
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is an important source of capital and assistance in finding capital for many rural Michiganders, ranging from local government officials to farmers, factory owners and others in small business. Read More