Focus

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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

Flush with cash and eager to lend

One banker says some banks may even be getting a bit reckless again.

August 8, 2014
Lingering aftereffects of the Great Recession are still visible in the commercial lending process, but banks today do have money to lend, and they are willing to deal to get the business, according to expert observers. Read More

Founders Bank & Trust teaches financial literacy to tech-savvy generation

GRPS students will learn about insurance, loans, mortgages and 401(k)s in a ‘video game’ atmosphere.

August 8, 2014
A local bank is bringing an interactive program back to school this fall at several GRPS schools to increase students’ understanding of personal finance skills through adaptive simulations and educational videos. Read More

Rules change allows nonprofits to secure tax-exempt status more easily

IRS simplifies process so donors can make contributions of goods and services.

August 8, 2014
The IRS has just made it faster, easier and less expensive for small charities to apply for tax-exempt status. Read More

Don't let successors tank the family business

August 8, 2014
The Stroh family had become one of the richest families in America by the 1980s, thanks to its burgeoning beer business, which was started in 1890. Read More

Economic growth should spur lending

Bank executive sees loan demand rise as companies use up post-recession cash.

August 8, 2014
“You can get good news out of Washington, occasionally,” said Mitch Stapley, chief investment officer at Fifth Third Bank’s asset management division in Grand Rapids. Read More

TBOH lends a helping hand to police

August 8, 2014
Holland residents can rest a bit easier now knowing that all Department of Public Safety police cruisers will soon be outfitted with portable defibrillators donated by The Bank of Holland. Read More

West side of Grand Rapids keeps growing

Developers have to be careful to fit in with established neighborhoods.

August 1, 2014
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Is the west side truly the best side? Read More