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Businesswomen share personal triumphs

Women Who Mean Business event showcases top women-owned businesses in West Michigan.

March 22, 2019
West Michigan’s premier businesswomen have some powerful experiences to share with the rest of the professional world. Read More

Inside Track: Goals and reality align for Fiechtner

Educator-turned-business-owner finds community in her new franchise, Alkalign Studio.

March 22, 2019
Elise Fiechtner moved to Ada during its nascent renewal with one big goal: creating a community within a community through fitness. Read More

Firm plans event venue at ex-school on West Side

March 19, 2019
A developer is planning to convert an old school on the city’s West Side into an event venue. Read More

Event celebrates women leaders

March 19, 2019
West Michigan’s top businesswomen packed the house with some serious girl power. Read More

Court reinstates lawsuits against attorney

March 19, 2019
DETROIT — The Michigan appeals court has overturned key rulings and reinstated lawsuits against a personal injury lawyer who is accused of sexually assaulting two women who worked at his firm. Read More

West Michigan produces 12 of the state's 50 Companies to Watch

March 18, 2019
A dozen companies from the region rate among this year’s 50 Companies to Watch in Michigan. Read More

Business Journal publishes 'Women Who Mean Business'

March 18, 2019
The Business Journal’s March 18th issue features a special supplement — “Women Who Mean Business” — which can also be viewed online. Read More

Owner marks one year of board game deliveries

Lakeshore Game Night takes page from movie rental and pizza delivery services.

March 15, 2019
Those who came of age in the 1990s recall the hallmarks of many a Friday night: delivery pizza and VHS movie rentals. Jared Leatzow is channeling those days with his new board game delivery company, Lakeshore Game Night. Read More

Woman charged with defrauding couples in adoptions

March 15, 2019
| By AP
NEW HAVEN — A woman has been indicted on fraud charges for an alleged scheme to collect money from couples who wanted to adopt children. Read More

Staffing agency is Franchisee of the Year

March 13, 2019
The local franchise owner of an international staffing organization has been named Franchisee of the Year. Read More