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West Michigan Prosperity Alliance to fund five projects

The projects are deemed of ‘significant regional economic importance.’

February 27, 2015
The West Michigan Prosperity Alliance will put up more than $230,000 for five projects in a 13-county region of West Michigan, each deemed to be of “significant regional economic importance.” Read More

Managing the strong U.S. dollar

Some West Michigan corporations expect a negative impact on foreign sales in 2015.

February 27, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The strong U.S. dollar is great for American tourists going abroad — and not so great for U.S. corporations with sales in other countries. Read More

Crowdfunding for small businesses

February 27, 2015
For the past few years, there's been a lot of excitement about crowdfunding opportunities for small businesses in Michigan. Read More

Credit union names CEO

February 24, 2015
A credit union in the region has hired a new president and CEO, whose industry experience is expected to spur further growth. Read More

University receives largest-ever outright gift

February 23, 2015
A family has cemented its name and legacy into a university in the region. Read More

Changes in the banking landscape

Banking preferences of millennials have financial institutions reviewing their services.

February 20, 2015
Millennials are making unintended waves in the personal banking world and have even been mentioned by one of Michigan’s oldest banks as the root cause of its recent decision to close several branches in the Lower Peninsula. Read More

Grand River Bank holding company raises $10.65 million

February 20, 2015
Grand River Commerce Inc., the holding company for Grand River Bank in Grandville, completed a private sale of more than 2.3 million shares of its common stock in early February to “accredited investors,” netting $10,653,786. Read More

Lawmakers eye venture funding cap

Some fear shutting off the capital pipeline will send startups elsewhere.

February 20, 2015
A fund-of-funds investment program created to support an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Michigan is under pressure as legislators seek to cash out their expense tab early. Read More

Professors make case for ‘green GDP’

The method takes into account the economic impact of resource depletion.

February 20, 2015
Standard practice for determining a country’s economic growth and overall wealth has been to look at gross domestic product, but two Calvin College professors argue GDP is an outdated measurement tool that doesn’t take into account the value of natural resources or the impact of their depletion on an economy. Read More

Grand Valley State team wins CFA challenge

February 20, 2015
A team from Grand Valley State University won the 2015 CFA Institute Research Challenge local competition and now advances to the Americas Regional financial analysis competition in Atlanta April 15-16. Read More