Banking & Finance

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


6 easy ways to help prevent occupational fraud

July 31, 2015
Occupational fraud is otherwise known as employee theft. It’s a business owner’s worst nightmare. Read More

Don't miss the switch: Why credit card chip technology matters

July 31, 2015

Ready or not, here it comes. The nationwide transition to EMV technology — short for Europay, MasterCard and Visa — is happening and all small businesses are expected to comply.

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Northpointe Bank ranked high by national industry association

The ICBA lists Northpointe as a top performer in 2015.

July 31, 2015
The Independent Community Bankers of America has listed Northpointe Bank in Grand Rapids as one of the top-performing community banks in the U.S. in its 2015 ratings, based on earnings and operational efficiencies throughout 2014. Read More

Excess capital supply, rising interest rates are top trends

West Michigan viewed as a viable secondary market for real estate investment.

July 31, 2015
While a recent report highlights key issues impacting the national and international real estate market, several trends hit home for West Michigan. Read More

Bank names CFO

July 29, 2015
A Michigan-based bank has a new CFO. Read More

Q&A: Rachel Mraz

July 28, 2015
Rachel Mraz focuses on providing comprehensive wealth management and planning solutions for individuals and nonprofits at Merrill Lynch. Read More

‘Drowning in testosterone’

ACG’s Women in Finance group supports female leadership in financial careers.

July 24, 2015
Women in Finance, a new support group formed by the Association for Corporate Growth Western Michigan, is on a mission to “expose the challenges” and empower more women leaders in the financial professions. Read More

Startup launches web app for continuing education students

July 23, 2015
A startup has launched a web-based platform that helps accounting and finance professionals manage their continuing education and certifications. Read More

Tips for first-time real estate investors

July 22, 2015
So you’ve got some money sitting around. You’re well invested in the stock market but looking to diversify your investment portfolio (preferably with an investment that provides an income stream accessible prior to turning 59-and-a-half). You think you might like to invest in real estate, but you’ve never done it before. You’ve got questions — so many that it may all seem overwhelming. Read More

Report finds lakeshore businesses are in good shape

Most are spending on R&D, introducing new products and planning to expand.

July 17, 2015
A West Michigan business report provides a snapshot of continued strength of Ottawa County and northern Allegan County businesses despite talent development concerns. Read More