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Stability marks The Cottage Bar’s 90th year

Originally a sandwich shop founded during Prohibition, restaurant has been a staple in Grand Rapids community.

January 20, 2017
While much has changed around The Cottage Bar in 90 years, very little has changed inside the restaurant. In fact, a picture hung on the restaurant’s east wall shows just how similar the interior is today to the past. Read More

Insurance agency acquires business

January 20, 2017
A local insurance agency has added a third branch with the acquisition of a Michigan firm. Read More

Owner sells contract packaging company

January 18, 2017
A contract packaging and fulfillment company in the area has been acquired. Read More

Accounting firms merge

January 16, 2017
A pair of CPA firms in the region have merged. Read More

Survey says businesses see rosy 2017

Area small- and mid-sized businesses report optimism despite challenges of finding talent, covering health care costs.

January 13, 2017
Small business owners in West Michigan are of two minds: It will be a good year, but it will have some challenges. Read More

City turns to sensors for data

Grand Rapids takes first step toward becoming smart city with installation of antenna to gather traffic, energy data.

January 13, 2017
A new technology in Grand Rapids launched last weekend could help the city become more efficient. Read More

Sports company partners with physical fitness firm

January 13, 2017
A sports company is adding a physical therapy, athletic training and wellness organization at one of its facilities. Read More

Developer plans 86 apartments in Heritage Hill

January 12, 2017
A local developer is looking to move ahead with an apartment project in Heritage Hill. Read More

Sports company adds facility

January 9, 2017
A sports company has taken over operation of an 85,000-square-foot sports facility in the area. Read More

Real estate firm names EVP

January 9, 2017
A local real estate firm has a new executive vice president. Read More