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Sunday, 20 October 2019 12:55

Lawsuit alleges Meritage took Anna’s House concept after deal talks stalled

GRAND RAPIDS — The company that owns the popular Grand Rapids breakfast spot Anna’s House has sued the owners of the newly-opened Morning Belle restaurant. 

Sunday, 13 October 2019 12:01

M&A Awards: WNJ attorneys steer decade-long legal process for Canada in Gordie Howe Bridge project

The Grand Rapids-based law firm Warner Norcross + Judd LLP has spent more than a decade as the U.S. counsel for Canada and the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority as it went through the arduous procurement process to build the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

Sunday, 13 October 2019 10:56

M&A Awards: Schermer leads Meritage through aggressive expansion, growth

Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. CEO Robert Schermer, Jr. has led the company as it has amassed a portfolio of about 400 Wendy’s restaurant locations and grown its revenue to nearly half a billion dollars.

Monday, 14 October 2019 06:21

Q&A: Kevin Buist, Artistic Director, ArtPrize

After 10 years as an annual event, ArtPrize switched to a biennial model for the first time this year with the debut of Project 1, a city-wide series of events and exhibitions from a handful of artists. The move marked a dramatic shift from the ArtPrize competition, which involves hundreds of artists.

Tuesday, 01 October 2019 14:55

SMG, manager of public Grand Rapids venues, completes merger to form ASM Global

GRAND RAPIDS — SMG, the company that manages DeVos Place Convention Center, DeVos Performance Hall and Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, has merged with AEG Facilities LLC to form a venue management firm called ASM Global.

Sunday, 29 September 2019 18:06

EXIT INTERVIEW: Wood reflects on leading economic development in Grand Rapids

After 12 years leading economic development in the city of Grand Rapids, Kara Wood will join Western Michigan University as an associate vice president for community partnerships on Oct. 7. Wood, a WMU alumna who currently serves as the managing director of economic development services for the city of Grand Rapids, will work with university leadership to advance corporate engagement in areas including research, economic development and talent development.

Sunday, 29 September 2019 14:29

Family businesses prioritize communication, planning in grooming next-gen leaders

GRAND RAPIDS — When John Van Tongeren became the owner of Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. in 1985, he did not imagine eventually passing it down within his family. 

Saturday, 28 September 2019 12:05

Q&A: Sarah Chartier, Senior sustainability project manager, Spectrum Health

Sarah Chartier has served as senior sustainability project manager at Spectrum Health for eight years. In her role, she assesses ways to improve Spectrum’s practices that will lead to reducing its environmental footprint. She also engages employees and the community to get involved in the sustainability conversation and think about how they have an effect on the environment and ways to lessen that impact. Chartier, who also serves as a board member of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, spoke to MiBiz about the future of the sustainable business movement. 

Friday, 13 September 2019 13:12

Grand Rapids’ economic development services manager leaving for WMU position

KALAMAZOO — Kara Wood, the managing director of economic development services for the city of Grand Rapids, will join Western Michigan University as an associate vice president for community partnerships on Oct. 7.

Sunday, 15 September 2019 20:00

‘MOVE THE NEEDLE’: Cornerstone Alliance launches initiative to reverse population declines

BENTON HARBOR — A new campaign aims to stanch Berrien County’s population losses and attract thousands of new residents over the next decade. 

Wednesday, 04 September 2019 06:30

Arvon Brewing relocating to Grand Rapids 

After operating its brewing facility in a 700-square-foot space since 2017, the owners of Arvon Brewing Co. in Grandville say they are ready to grow the business.

Sunday, 01 September 2019 14:24

Groundwater issues in Ottawa County halt developments

In response to growing concerns about groundwater issues, Ottawa County’s Olive Township has hit pause on plans for a platted subdivision that’s been in the works for nearly a decade. 

Wednesday, 28 August 2019 12:40

Grand Rapids airport announces $90M expansion

GRAND RAPIDS — A $90 million expansion at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport will aid in economic development in West Michigan, the airport authority board said Wednesday.

Friday, 23 August 2019 11:19

Ford Airport names new president & CEO

GRAND RAPIDS — The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority Board has selected Torrance Richardson as the new president and CEO of the airport, the board announced Friday.

Friday, 23 August 2019 11:45

New fund to boost economic development in Ottawa County

ZEELAND — A new “economic catalyst” fund and advisory committee hopes to further economic growth in Ottawa County. 

Sunday, 18 August 2019 17:05

Q&A: Brad Bogus, vice president of growth & marketing, Confident Cannabis

The company Confident Cannabis was launched less than four years ago by four Stanford Business School alums. Today, 50 percent of the legal cannabis produced in the U.S. across 25 states passes through the Palo Alto, Calif-based company’s lab-testing platform, which allows business-to-business buying and selling of cannabis.

Thursday, 08 August 2019 10:34

Allendale Township software company expands with state funds

ALLENDALE TWP. — BizStream Inc., an Allendale Township-based online marketing and software solutions company, plans to expand with backing from the state. 

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 13:59

Battle Creek Unlimited extends president’s contract

BATTLE CREEK — The board of directors at Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) extended the contract of President & CEO Joe Sobieralski through June 2022. 

Friday, 28 June 2019 11:30

Senior city planning officials to leave positions in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — Two senior officials are planning to leave the city’s planning and development departments for new opportunities, MiBiz has learned.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 14:41

Muskegon acquires Shoreline Correctional Facility from state land bank

MUSKEGON — The city of Muskegon has purchased the former West Shoreline Correctional Facility, the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority announced today.

Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:00

Q&A: Erin Knott, Equality Michigan

After being named executive director of Equality Michigan in May, Erin Knott is focusing in on efforts to expand the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to protect LGBTQ people.

Sunday, 09 June 2019 19:00

GR population tops 200K; West Michigan continues growth spurt

GRAND RAPIDS — Michigan’s second-largest city crossed the 200,000-person population milestone for the first time last summer, as communities along the western side of the state posted strong growth.

Friday, 07 June 2019 11:14

Law firm moving headquarters to Grand Rapids’ First Community Bank building

GRAND RAPIDS — Springstead Bartish Borgula & Lynch PLLC plans to move its Grand Rapids headquarters after purchasing space downtown in the First Community Bank building.

Sunday, 05 May 2019 21:46

Ed Dunneback & Girls Farms plans brewery/winery tasting room

ALPINE TOWNSHIP — Dunneback Fruit Farm LLC aims to offer customers something new in addition to the fruits and vegetables grown at the multi-generational family farm. The business will use fruits, hops and other products from the farming operation to make beer, wine and cider and serve them in an on-site tasting room at 3025 6 Mile Road NW.

Friday, 03 May 2019 10:55

Private prison operator to reopen Baldwin facility after securing federal contract

Private prison operator Geo Group Inc. plans to reopen its closed North Lake Correctional Facility in Baldwin.

Sunday, 28 April 2019 18:13

Communities market West Mich. Opportunity Zones to nationwide investors

MUSKEGON — Federal guidance on a new incentive program designed to encourage investment in economically-distressed communities comes at an opportune time for Muskegon. Amid an ongoing wave of redevelopment in the city, property investors looking to shield some gains from taxes now have new ways to redeploy their capital and seek returns via Opportunity Zones.

Sunday, 28 April 2019 18:57

Q&A: Jeff Mason, CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corp.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. recently celebrated its 20-year anniversary. CEO Jeff Mason, who has led the organization since July 2017, is optimistic about the state of Michigan’s economy in 2019, and emphasized the importance of improving the state’s infrastructure.

Sunday, 21 April 2019 20:56

Trilogy Health planning senior living, rehab in Plainfield Township

BELMONT — Trilogy Health Services LLC is planning to construct a new senior living and rehabilitation center in Plainfield Charter Township. The Belmont facility would be at 6081 West River Drive NE, on the northwest corner of West River and Jupiter Avenue, which is currently a vacant lot, said Matt Cole, senior civil engineer for Paradigm Design Inc.

Sunday, 14 April 2019 20:08

Non-locals make up vast majority of medical marijuana biz applicants

GRAND RAPIDS — Companies looking to break into the lucrative medical marijuana industry want to ensure their place in line for the city’s lottery process that will determine the order in which their proposals are considered. In an effort to boost their chances of being selected in the lottery, some applicants have submitted multiple proposals — sometimes even for adjacent properties — in concentrated areas where city zoning allows medical marijuana-related businesses.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 14:06

Ada Fresh Market to open April 14

ADA - Ada Fresh Market by Forest Hills Foods will open on April 14, SpartanNash Co. announced Wednesday.

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