Small Business & Startups

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Business growth opportunities through Economic Gardening

March 28, 2017
Market research is a crucial part of any business plan, which is why it is widely utilized by startups and early stage businesses. While existing, established businesses may not traditionally look to market research to influence their decisions, second-stage companies facing difficulties while trying to grow can benefit greatly from accessing strategic research. Read More

GRBJ Podcast: Jermale Eddie of Malamiah Juice Bar

March 28, 2017
Jermale Eddie — the co-founder of Malamiah Juice Bar — is the featured guest in episode 27 of the GRBJ Podcast. Read More

Blu House Properties continues expansion

Starting as a real estate brokerage firm, company now includes property management, construction and is pursuing development.

March 24, 2017
Occasionally, a neighbor’s roof needs to be repaired, so you start a construction firm. Read More

Construction firm is on the rise

Jeff DeVries overcomes lull in business 10 years ago, happy to be living ‘the American Dream.’

March 24, 2017
Jeff DeVries thinks his company, J.B. Builders of Grand Rapids, is gaining momentum. Read More

Bridal boutique opens in prime downtown space

March 23, 2017
A new bridal boutique has opened in downtown Grand Rapids. Read More

Rifle maker expands operation

March 22, 2017
A maker of AR-15 and AR-10 rifles, parts and accessories in the area has expanded. Read More

West Michigan produces 10 of state's 50 Companies to Watch

March 21, 2017
A group of partners have announced the winners of the Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards. Read More

Bank adds SBA lending team to downtown branch

March 17, 2017
A bank is expanding its services at the branch it recently opened downtown. Read More

Bridal startup wins 5x5 Night

March 17, 2017
A specialized bridal business is the latest winner of 5x5 Night. Read More

Partners open outpatient surgical center

March 15, 2017
A new outpatient surgical center is up and running in Grand Rapids. Read More