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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

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

$15M seed fund triples presence downtown

November 21, 2014
A seed fund that regularly invests in startup “experiments” is building out a new home in downtown Grand Rapids. Read More

Bank expands footprint with $4M acquisition

November 19, 2014
A bank in the region has acquired a one-branch bank in a $4-million deal to expand its presence near the lakeshore. Read More

Bank names manufacturing CEO to board

November 19, 2014
A bank has appointed the CEO of a publicly traded manufacturer in the area to its board. Read More

Bank splits market, names two presidents

November 14, 2014
A regional bank has decided that two presidents are better than one. Read More

Do you know where your personal assets will go when you're gone?

November 11, 2014
If you don’t know, chances are someone else will make that decision for you. 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

Bio-pesticide startup raises $4M

November 6, 2014
A startup developing a bio-pesticide for the agriculture industry has concluded its “oversubscribed” Series C financing round by raising $4 million. Read More