April 24

Private equity firm sells automation company for $1.4B

A New York private equity firm has sold a West Michigan manufacturer of custom automation equipment to a Japanese company. Read More

Studio Park signs restaurants and retailers

Studio Park has named a group of restaurants and retailers that will call the development in downtown Grand Rapids home. Read More

West Michigan town is No. 1 'small city to start a business' in US

A town in the region has been ranked as the most entrepreneur-friendly small city in the nation. Read More

Rockford moves into Detroit market

After years of digging into the greater Detroit market, Grand Rapids-based Rockford Construction landed a major contract as the development manager for a $310-million construction project in downtown Detroit. Read More

Department store properties find buyers

A pair of department store properties up for auction have hooked buyers. Read More

Manufacturer becomes employee-owned company

In partnership with an investment firm, a local manufacturer’s employees have purchased their company from a private equity firm. Read More
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Downtown restaurant opens bakery and café

A French restaurant downtown has opened a bakery and café adjacent to its existing space. Read More
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Health nonprofit moves into new space

A local health care nonprofit has opened a new space for its headquarters and wellness office. Read More
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Experience Grand Rapids names Hotelier of the Year

Experience Grand Rapids has announced the winner of its annual Hotelier of the Year award. Read More
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Construction firm hires director of market strategy

A general contractor in the area has named its new director of market strategy. Read More
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Sports bar opens downtown

A sports bar with 84 television screens has opened in downtown Grand Rapids. Read More
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Tech firm acquires digital consultancy

A Grand Rapids-based digital consulting firm has been acquired by a company in the same industry. Read More
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Chamber honoring Excellence Award winners

A chamber of commerce in the region is producing its first Excellence Awards. Read More
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Law school hires president

The next president has been selected for a local law school. Read More
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West Michigan CEO Summit an investment in your leadership capacity

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce is presenting the inaugural West Michigan CEO Summit on June 6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids. Led by Grand Rapids Chamber board chair Joan Budden, president and CEO of Priority Health, this event is focused on answering the question we all share, “How do I become a better leader for my team and my company?” Read More
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College president stepping down

The president of a local college will soon "step away" from the top post. Read More
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Whirlpool releases corporate sustainability report

Whirlpool Corporation has published a report highlighting the company’s progress on the sustainability front in 2018. Read More
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Brewery re-releasing limited-edition stout

A brewery in the region is unleashing a variant of its top beer. Read More
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Nonprofit hosting Free Shred Day

A business services nonprofit is organizing a free paper-shredding event in town this weekend. Read More
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Women in craft beer brew up change

Despite a number of female- and minority-owned breweries popping up in West Michigan, most folks in the craft beer industry say it’s a white man’s world. Read More
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Connecting disease origins through metabolism

As technology continues to reshape how we interact with the world, advances in science and medicine are helping us live longer than ever before, a positive outcome tempered by a parallel and concerning rise in certain diseases.
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HireReach sets bar for employment practices

The Business Journal story reporting on changes in hiring practices at Mercy Health is nothing short of riveting for its success in eliminating bias in the selection and training process. President Bill Manns initiated the implementation of a new process five years ago to address diversity and turnover.
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