December 12

Amway names chief R&D officer

Amway has tapped a former food industry executive to lead the company’s research and development functions. Read More

Insurance company secures $2B in investment

A trio of investor groups are investing $2 billion in an insurance company in the area. Read More

Taking back South Division

Fran Dalton remembers when the South Division corridor in Grand Rapids was like a mini-downtown — full of life and economic activity. Read More

International nonprofit moving HQ to West Michigan

An international health care nonprofit is acquiring a similar organization and moving its headquarters to West Michigan. Read More

Brewery facing foreclosure

A brewery in the region is looking at a foreclosure after failing to pay on its mortgage. Read More

Law firm hires executive director

A local law firm with a statewide presence has named its new executive director. Read More
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HopCat is dropping the Crack Fries name

A locally based chain of beer bars is changing the name of its acclaimed fries after determining the name isn’t “compatible” with its “vision of creating an inclusive company.” Read More
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Coffee company expands distribution

A local coffee company has added dozens of retail locations in the state to its distribution footprint. Read More
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Quilting shop opening doors

A shopping center in town is welcoming a new quilting shop. Read More
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Founders releases availability calendar

Founders Brewing Co. has released its 2019 availability calendar, confirming changes and additions to the brewery’s lineup, including the return of a couple of fan favorites. Read More
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Better Business Bureau honors Torch Award winners

A group of organizations in the region have been honored for their organizational ethics. Read More
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Q&A: Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith is the chief strategy officer for the Trinity Health Michigan region, which includes Mercy Health in West Michigan. Read More
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Spirits maker and coffee company partner on liqueur

A local distillery and coffee roaster have teamed up to produce an Italian liqueur. Read More
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Grocery chain releases corporate responsibility report

A grocery chain has released a report highlighting its efforts last year to give back, promote sustainability and support farmers and food producers. Read More
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Ford airport reports best-ever October

October was another record-breaking month for Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Read More
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College hires alum as president

A college in the region has selected its next president. Read More
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Brewery goes back to nature

When Troy and Chad Zitzelsberger, along with their brother-in-law Bryce Roebke, got the green light back in April to build a brewery outside of Rockford, they weren’t entirely sure what it would look like. Read More
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Inside Track: Johnson is right at home

After her first career and raising a couple kids, Holly Johnson was bitten by the philanthropy bug and found her true professional passion. Read More
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Modern Woodmen embraces compassion

Modern Woodmen is a multibillion-dollar financial services organization named after lumberjacks. Read More
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Consumers spotlights renewable energy

Consumers Energy President and CEO Patti Poppe made an appearance at the Grand Rapids Econ Club last week to showcase the company’s recent work in the renewable energy sector and also to show off the capabilities of renewable energy through Circuit West. 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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