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Investment banking firm re-brands

September 16, 2014
An investment banking firm with a 25-year history is re-branding itself to better reflect its scope of services, including a new partnership. Read More

Soda company hops up production

Investors have boosted Proper Soda’s distribution to other states and countries.

September 12, 2014
A Grand Rapids soda company continues to grow, despite a failed Kickstarter campaign. Read More

A big year for credit union commercial lending

Lake Michigan may be up 40 percent and a small Kalamazoo CU is ramping up.

September 12, 2014
Commercial lending is taking off in a big way at credit unions in West Michigan, with one of the biggest groups in the state predicting its commercial loan volume will increase by as much as 40 percent this year. Read More

Shaking off recession’s effects, SBA borrowing is booming

The number and volume of loans in Michigan are up at least 12 percent over last year.

September 12, 2014
More small businesses in Michigan this year are getting loans backed by the federal Small Business Administration, which one local expert attributes to a strengthening economy and greater confidence on the part of commercial lenders. Read More

Employers look to second round of STTF grant process for employee training

West Michigan companies used $2.9M from fund last year.

September 12, 2014
Employers across the state are preparing to compete for the second round of state funding to develop responsive training programs for employees, which ultimately will promote Michigan’s business and economic competitiveness. Read More

WMSBF recognizes its business of the year

September 12, 2014
The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum celebrated its 20th anniversary last night with a rollicking party at the Bissell Tree House at John Ball Zoo. Read More

Live video tells you if the joint is jumpin’

September 10, 2014
Using a live feed streaming video in local entertainment venues, the team behind a new platform is envisioning a revolutionary way for individuals to base their decisions on how to spend their evenings out. Read More

Dermatology practice joins regional group

September 8, 2014
A local skin care practice has joined a dermatology group with offices across the Midwest to find “strength in numbers,” due partly to Obamacare. Read More

Former Haworth communications specialist opens new PR firm

Firm supplies media relations, digital and social media work, and writing.

September 5, 2014
There is a new PR firm in town, headed by a former Haworth communications specialist. Read More

Radiator Hospital marks 100 years

The mom-n-pop repair shop specializes in automotive cooling systems.

September 5, 2014
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) How does a little radiator repair shop manage to stay in business for 100 years? Read More