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Celebrate Entrepreneurship: National Small Business Week in Michigan

April 30, 2016
When’s the last time you thanked an entrepreneur? Read More

Hudsonville prepares for $5M worth of downtown renovations

Farmers market, community center at heart of creating walkable spaces.

April 29, 2016
As urban blight continues to impact small towns across Michigan, Hudsonville is poised to revitalize its downtown. Read More

GR, West Coast acoustic consulting firms merge

Result is one of the largest independent consulting firms in the country.

April 29, 2016
A recent merger has made Grand Rapids-based Acoustics By Design Inc. one of the largest independent acoustical consulting firms in North America. Read More

Kent County scores top credit rating

April 29, 2016
Kent County still has the best credit rating possible. Read More

Hispanic Chamber to host first business pitch night

Effort is part of a bilingual outreach to involve Spanish-speaking business owners.

April 29, 2016
The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has a plan to encourage more Hispanic small business owners and entrepreneurs to enter local business pitch competitions. Read More

App unites economic development community

Collective Metrics platform helps organizations collect and track data.

April 29, 2016
Approximately a year and a half ago, Austin Dean saw a need and decided to do something about it. Read More

Michigan corridor meeting set

Public will get chance to examine $1.65M in road projects, offer suggestions.

April 29, 2016
The Michigan Street Corridor may be getting an extensive — and expensive — facelift. Read More

Loeks says movie theater is good for downtown

Celebration! Cinema CEO says making money is not the project’s only objective.

April 29, 2016
(Watch for this story Monday morning on WZZM TV 13) After nearly four years, J.D. Loeks is happy with where his Studio C! downtown movie theater stands. Read More

How does area rate among best, brightest?

West Michigan scores well in community initiatives category; lacks in leadership.

April 29, 2016
The scores are in, and West Michigan is hitting some national benchmarks — but certainly not all of them. Read More

Restaurant industry orders help

City’s growing culinary scene makes it difficult to find quality workers.

April 29, 2016
In the first week after the opening of Vander Mill’s Grand Rapids restaurant, Justin Large fired two cooks and saw two more quit. Read More