Murthy’s strategic mindset, empathy drive results for Cascade Partners
Arjun Murthy’s career has taken him from the halls of Congress to Cascade Partners LLC, where he works as the investment banking firm’s youngest director.
Stemple’s passion for ESOP transactions bears fruit for WNJ practice
Buoyed by a rise in popularity of employee stock ownership plans among business owners, deal attorney Justin Stemple wrapped up the second busiest year of transactions he’s had in his 18-year career at Grand Rapids-based Warner Norcross + Judd LLP.
Food producers, farmers expect continued buffeting from inflationary pressures
Consumers and producers alike have felt the strain as inflation has driven the cost of food higher, and they’re bracing for more of the same in the year ahead.
Pair of West Michigan food banks plan ARPA-funded expansions
As food prices surge to record highs, a pair of West Michigan food banks — Comstock Park-based Feeding America West Michigan and Ottawa Food in Holland Charter Township — have secured public funding to expand their services and meet growing demands.
New report examines causes of Michigan’s declining labor participation rate
Falling off the “benefits cliff,” declining higher education enrollment, and a widespread skills gap have each contributed to Michigan’s labor force participation rate dropping by nearly twice the national average over the past two decades.
Michigan CDFIs to form coalition, collaborate on lending solutions, programming
Aforthcoming statewide coalition aims to leverage the effectiveness of Michigan’s community development financial institutions through a collaborative approach to lending and technical assistance.
New fund launches to support BIPOC farmers, increase access to land
Agroup of West Michigan growers is proposing a solution to solve two problems around equity and unentitled land assets that currently affect the state’s agricultural industry.
KNITit opens new 3D knitting manufacturing facility in Holland
HOLLAND — Liz Hilton’s journey to launch a customized 3D knitting manufacturing business has taken her from a startup studio space in Grand Rapids to her garage and to KNITit LLC’s new headquarters at a 6,000-square-foot building in Holland.
15 lakeshore arts organizations begin intensive capacity-building initiative
HOLLAND — Fifteen lakeshore arts organizations are part of the latest capacity-building initiative facilitated by the prestigious University of Maryland-based DeVos Institute of Arts Management (DVIAM).
Next-gen ag producer seeds future growth in deal for West Michigan greenhouse
WYOMING — A national company at the forefront of next-generation agricultural practices is putting down roots in West Michigan after being lured to the region in part by its legacy of manufacturing innovation.
Michigan Craft Beverage Council seeks applications from distillers to qualify for reduced state markup on products
The Michigan Craft Beverage Council has opened applications for a new qualified distillers program, as well as for its annual research grant funding.
Family-owned firms must drive awareness about their advantages to potential hires
Women break the craft beer industry’s glass ceiling in West Michigan
The substantial craft brewing industry in Grand Rapids seemingly has something to offer for every beer drinker. Yet despite ranking 13th in the nation for breweries per capita, the local industry has one glaring omission: gender representation.
Talent First launches rebrand, talent solutions series
The former CEO alliance known as Talent 2025 has rebranded as Talent First Inc., unveiled a fresh strategic initiative and will soon launch a five-part program designed to address employers’ needs amid a quickly evolving workforce.