Focus

An in-depth look at specific West Michigan industries.

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Bar puts emphasis on marijuana

Michigan has the potential to lead the country in marijuana-related law.

August 28, 2015
A group of more than 50 attorneys with a stake in marijuana-related law will meet for the first time in October as a formal section of the State Bar of Michigan. Read More

Job prospects looking better for new law students

Decreasing enrollment over last five years has created more openings.

August 28, 2015
Students entering law school this fall might have the best job prospects seen in the profession in a number of years. Read More

Like hops or barley, profit must be ingredient for brewery success

August 28, 2015
Michigan’s booming craft brew industry doesn’t have a problem growing, but it may have a challenge growing profitably. Read More

Key issues for tenants when reviewing a commercial lease

August 28, 2015
Many commercial tenants think of a landlord lease as a standard "form" and focus only on the business terms contained in the lease, such as the rent, square footage, term, renewals and improvement allowance. Read More

Calvin tests ‘service learning’ with Clean Water Institute

New program is poised to make global waves for water and sanitation solutions.

August 21, 2015
After several years of planning, the Clean Water Institute of Calvin College officially launched earlier this summer with a mission to provide clean water access in developing regions. Read More

Davenport’s five-year plan builds on past accomplishments

Focus will be on student outcomes so graduates can compete for jobs with anyone.

August 21, 2015
Davenport University is embarking on several innovative goals as part of its Vision 2020 strategic plan. Read More

Summer housing program is a home run

Baker College partners with local employers to attract talented interns to the community.

August 21, 2015
Baker College of Muskegon helped open doors this summer by providing housing options for visiting students who are interning with West Michigan organizations. Read More

State approves funding increase for public university operations

August 21, 2015
Although the state is allocating additional funds to Michigan’s 15 public universities this year, the major source of university revenue continues to come from student tuition. Read More

Gordon Food Service’s secret weapon

His name is Chef Gerry Ludwig, and his job is knowing what America wants to eat.

August 14, 2015
Food trends and fads come and go on a broad scale, so for a major business in the North American food industry, it pays to know what people want on the menu in the near future. Read More

Mobile canning company is running near capacity

Michigan Mobile Canning is now working with breweries in Indiana, too.

August 14, 2015
Andrew McLean has put more than 43,000 miles on his new Chevy pickup truck since February. Read More