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Family Business survey reveals strength and longevity

August 29, 2014
A survey conducted in collaboration by two West Michigan universities reveals the stabilizing force of family-owned businesses in the region. Read More

Sun Title makes Inc. list of fastest-growing private companies

Locally owned firm has opened five new locations in the past year.

August 29, 2014
Sun Title, a Grand Rapids-based real estate transaction and title services company, has been included on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. Read More

Auto supplier expands production

August 29, 2014
A maker of direct fuel injection components for the auto industry is planning to ramp up production in 2015 and add jobs. Read More

GVSU identifies business potential in districts

August 29, 2014
GVSU researchers are helping to drive economic development with a tool that provides access to key data on local neighborhoods. Read More

Downtown is new hot spot for yoga

August 26, 2014
A hot yoga studio in downtown Grand Rapids is under new ownership and will re-open after the holiday weekend as Seva Yoga Monroe North. Read More

Silver Line set to roll Monday

Rapid CEO predicts new transit service will ‘run as smoothly as possible.’

August 22, 2014
The result of 11 years of planning will be out in the open in Greater Grand Rapids on Monday with the start of The Rapid transit authority’s $39 million Silver Line, a “bus rapid transit” or BRT service operating much like a light rail line, but at a much lower cost to build. Read More

Survey puts Michigan recovery among best in nation

Business Facilities data indicates Detroit and GR are among the best in export growth.

August 22, 2014
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. is touting an extensive survey of economic activity by a nationwide site selection magazine that highlights the strength of the Michigan recovery and boosts prospects for the state’s continued business growth. Read More

CoLearning applies for school status

Organization’s job generation is opening eyes at the state level.

August 22, 2014
The Factory’s hands-on education format might serve as a model for future Michigan educators. Read More

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