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Partners begin 80-unit residential project

January 18, 2019
A local developer has begun construction of a new residential project in the area. Read More

Start Garden investing in 'businesses of tomorrow'

January 18, 2019
How much is a good idea worth? Read More

Partners start work on suburban apartment project

January 16, 2019
Crews are now prepping the site of a large apartment complex coming to a Grand Rapids suburb. Read More

Startup touts a better toilet paper

January 10, 2019
A pair of entrepreneurs are hoping to roll out a new type of toilet paper. Read More

Global firm acquires insurance brokerage

January 9, 2019
A global provider of insurance, risk management and consulting services has acquired a firm in the region. Read More

Doctors open direct primary care office

Nova Direct Primary Care’s goal is to provide health care that is ‘accessible, affordable and transparent.’

January 4, 2019
Two new doctors are launching a subscription-based primary care office in Grand Rapids meant to significantly cut costs for patients. Read More

Drone firm glides into new space

Military veteran’s security company now working with public, private clients.

January 4, 2019
While Battle Creek is mapping out a strategy to draw manufacturers of large military drones, one of the smaller players in West Michigan’s drone space is outlining the finer details and drawing on both military and civilian expertise. Read More

Online tool helps employees fulfill healthy living

The McCahill Group’s SparkJoy Wellness platform can be used by employers with fewer than five workers.

January 4, 2019
A new year often brings with it new health and fitness resolutions. But those fall by the wayside for many people within a few months — or weeks. Read More

Ad agency doubles staff in first year of merger

Media Place Partners also doubles clientele since union with Adtegrity in 2017.

January 4, 2019
Grand Rapids-based Media Place Partners has reached new heights since its June 2017 merger with Adtegrity. Read More

Racial equity lender participates in first loan

Rende Progress Capital invests in medical transport business in partnership with Northern Initiatives.

January 4, 2019
Richard Flowers, owner of Reliable Medical Transport, plans to expand his vehicle fleet and staff, and build a second transportation business in 2019, thanks to financing from a pair of alternative lenders. Read More