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Entrepreneurs’ phone repair business expansion rings true

Owners of Genius now have retail and distribution locations across the country.

June 24, 2016
As Jordan Notenbaum and Garry VonMyhr were getting Genius Phone Repair off the ground, there would sometimes be four customers in Notenbaum’s living room watching a Detroit Tigers game as they waited for their phones to be fixed. Read More

Firm plots 216-home development

June 24, 2016
A firm in the area is planning to develop a new 216-home community in a Grand Rapids suburb. Read More

Re-think daily interactions

June 24, 2016
"At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." -Albert Schweitzer Read More

Startup produces Sound of the City festival downtown

June 23, 2016
A startup developing an app for streaming and “mapping” local music is producing a music festival downtown on Saturday. Read More

The best-laid plans

June 23, 2016
Our business continues to evolve in ways we hadn't planned. As smart as we think we are and as much as we believe we're in control of our destiny, far too often the market has other plans for us. Read More

Owner sells construction firm

June 21, 2016
A long-time construction firm in town has been sold. Read More

Founder sells snack food company to Kellogg brand

June 20, 2016
A snack food maker born in the region has been acquired by a Kellogg-owned brand in its market. Read More

After year of growth, Encore plans a repeat performance

Packaging startup looks to build brand in West Michigan.

June 17, 2016
It’s still the first act for Encore Business Group. Read More

Program boosts 2nd stage for rising minority firms

June 17, 2016
A new business growth program hosted by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is off and running. Read More

Hispanic Chamber business contest rewards five pitches

Businesses ranging from landscaping to transportation share financial and services assistance.

June 17, 2016
The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s first Latino Business Pitch Competition split $5,750 among five winners. Read More