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Mercantile reports first full quarter after merger

It is now the fourth largest bank domiciled in Michigan.

November 21, 2014
There were some trying moments for Mercantile Bank Corp. over the past 16 months, but it may be smoother sailing ahead for the Grand Rapids-based organization, which just reported results of its first full quarter after a major merger with Firstbank Corp. of Alma. Read More

Sales of first mortgages jumped in 2014

The frigid weather at the start of the year delayed the mortgage season in Michigan.

November 21, 2014
Dodd-Frank and the polar vortex both bedeviled the mortgage industry in Michigan in early 2014, but home buying has definitely picked up and is predicted to continue through 2015. Read More

Vacation time is important, but workers aren't taking it

Supporting down time benefits a company's bottom line.

November 14, 2014
Vacation or staycation, it doesn’t matter: American workers aren’t taking either. Read More

Tasting festival expects to draw more than 17,000 downtown

November 14, 2014
Tasting is at the heart of this weekend’s Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer and Food Festival. Read More

On-street concierge service gets second year

Downtown’s safety ambassadors generated more than 250,000 contacts during inaugural run.

November 14, 2014
The $300,000 on-street concierge program that launched last year in Grand Rapids is here to stay. Read More

GOSite will soon greet visitors downtown

November 14, 2014
GOSite is nearing its final phase: On Nov. 20, plans for the “21st century Grand Rapids welcome center” will be made public. Read More

Advertising competition offers students real world experience

November 14, 2014
A group of advertising students from Grand Valley State University and Central Michigan University will have the opportunity to see their ideas translated into a real world advertising campaign for Amway Grand Plaza’s The Hotel Kitchen brand, which produces and sells various sauces. Read More

New business helps clients do background checks

November 7, 2014
If there’s a game like Russian roulette that practically all small employers play once in a while, it’s called “hiring.” Read More

More 401(k) is on the way

In the wake of the recession, employers are renewing retirement contributions.

November 7, 2014
There is good news for workers: It appears companies have sufficiently recovered from the recent recession to again begin offering matching funds for 401(k) retirement plans. Read More

Pay equity commission stuck in committee

LANSING — A bill to create a commission on pay equity is stalled in the House Government Operations Committee, but it might get a chance in December. Read More