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Hops production on the rise

A new grower near Greenville has become a licensed food processor.

August 15, 2014
Pam Bouma Miller is very proud of the fact that her new business is a food processor, and she’s got the license to prove it. Read More

‘The works’ can include the dog, too

Thunder Mountain car wash chain has a self-serve dog wash sideline.

August 15, 2014
When Leo Schlesinger stresses that his Thunder Mountain Full Service Car & Dog Wash locations in West Michigan are “full service,” he really means it. Read More

Money for everything from farms to factories — and libraries

USDA Rural Development loans help growers with a variety of programs.

August 15, 2014
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is an important source of capital and assistance in finding capital for many rural Michiganders, ranging from local government officials to farmers, factory owners and others in small business. Read More

Fresh grocer will anchor former MAC development

August 15, 2014
The first anchor tenant for an upcoming mixed-use development in Grand Rapids has been announced. Read More

Jenison industrial condos sold

August 15, 2014
An industrial condominium complex covering approximately 3.1 acres in Jenison has been sold. Read More

National sports retailer eyes Holland

August 13, 2014
A Tennessee-based developer has its sights set on bringing a national sports retailer to Holland. Read More

Steel business rises up in Grand Rapids

August 12, 2014
It appears Lamar Construction’s bankruptcy has left a Legacy in Grand Rapids. Read More

Office furniture industry continues to improve

Analyst predicts 2014 will be the best year in a decade.

August 8, 2014
The latest survey of the office furniture industry by Michael A. Dunlap & Associates in Holland indicates it is on a “very steady and improving trend line.” Read More

Economic growth should spur lending

Bank executive sees loan demand rise as companies use up post-recession cash.

August 8, 2014
“You can get good news out of Washington, occasionally,” said Mitch Stapley, chief investment officer at Fifth Third Bank’s asset management division in Grand Rapids. Read More

Solar startup creates commercial line

August 8, 2014
The biggest downfall to solar power energy is a cloudy day or the setting sun, but a local startup has set out to solve that problem. Read More