Banking & Finance

Private equity, lenders, investments, credit unions and financial planning


IT acquisition targets insurance industry

August 21, 2017
A local IT firm with a focus on the insurance industry has acquired a California IT firm. Read More

Food distributor hires CFO

August 17, 2017
A locally based grocery distributor has a new chief financial officer. Read More

Credit union extends reach

August 11, 2017
A local credit union has signed a definitive agreement to purchase a Florida bank with more than $400 million in assets. Read More

Chamber announces ATHENA winner

August 10, 2017
A local chamber of commerce has selected a health insurance executive as the recipient of its annual award geared toward women in leadership roles. Read More

Q&A: Ellie Winter

August 8, 2017
For the past 33 years, Ellie Winter has worked with individuals and families on their personal financial needs, and also has provided financial and benefit plan education to corporate executives and employees. Read More

Passion, timing lead to ownership

Calvin grad purchases Schuil Coffee, plans to expand marketing efforts.

August 4, 2017
As an avid coffee drinker, Tim Volkema is well aware of the consumer trends in coffee, and now he owns a long-time Grand Rapids coffee company. Read More

Commercial lenders stress caution, cash flow

Banks issuing loans to assisted living, hotel, retail, office, light industrial developers say market likely is nearing peak.

August 4, 2017
Everybody wants a piece of the real estate pie in West Michigan: homebuyers, investors and commercial developers. Local bankers say the competition means borrowers had better show up with cash in hand. Read More

Court clarifies tax rules for charities

State Supreme Court says charging fees for services does not necessarily disqualify nonprofits from tax exemptions.

August 4, 2017
The Michigan Supreme Court has clarified one of the guidelines under which charitable organizations may qualify for real and personal property tax exemptions. Read More

Retirement plan options for small employers

July 31, 2017
Most small business owners are fully aware of the cost of employee turnover and are diligent in offering benefits that appeal to and reward their employees. Read More

GR housing market loosens

Despite still being a seller’s market, area features ‘healthy inventory’ of homes compared to earlier this year.

July 28, 2017
The Grand Rapids housing market is not as tight as it was in April or May, but it’s still a seller’s market. Read More