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Rende Progress Capital addresses wealth gap, access to capital for minority borrowers
Eric Foster credits a 2015 report from Forbes.com that ranked Grand Rapids as 51st out of 52 markets in the U.S. economically for African Americans for helping to cement his idea to create Rende Progress Capital.
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.
Family-owned biz retained workers during pandemic, prioritize tax changes, survey finds
A survey this year of hundreds of U.S. family-owned businesses showed that owners prioritized keeping employees on the payroll even as the pandemic disrupted their business and that most regularly give to local charities.
People in the News: April 25, 2022
Here is the MiBiz People in the news report for April 25, 2022
Meijer to offset carbon emissions with Texas solar power contract
WALKER — Meijer Inc. has signed a 15-year contract to purchase output from a large-scale solar project in Texas under an agreement that will offset the retailer’s carbon emissions.
Several West Michigan companies earn perfect scores for LGBTQ equality in workplace
Several large West Michigan-based companies earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index, a tool that scores how well businesses support LGBTQ people.
Jandernoa mentoring program expands reach to include nonprofit leaders
Even after nearly four decades in nonprofit administration, Scott Lewis knows there’s more to learn and that he can become a better leader.
Amid growth, Dematic shifts focus to automation as pandemic exposes new customer needs
GRAND RAPIDS — As an executive at a global company serving firms in the e-commerce, logistics and warehousing spaces, Mike Larsson has noticed the needs of his customers change dramatically over the last year.
HyVIDA launches new division to expand hydrogen infusion to new beverage categories
Befitting a company that prides itself on riding the cutting edge of the craft beer industry, Traverse City-based Right Brain Brewery was perhaps the first brewer to ever bring a hydrogen-infused beer to the commercial market.
Muskegon-based Kaja’s Flavor scales up, joins West Mich. food accelerator
MUSKEGON — Kaja Thornton-Hunter unknowingly laid the groundwork for her young business several years ago when she hosted a crab boil at her home.
Revolution Farms brings automation to the greenhouse
CALEDONIA — Dan Vukcevich admitted that his only previous farming experience was growing up on a cattle farm that never made any money.
Michigan rolls out $5M sweepstakes for vaccinated adults
Michigan is the latest state to offer a lottery-style incentive for residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine under a new partnership with Meijer Inc. and the Michigan Association of United Ways.
Michigan kombucha producers expand as consumer demand spikes
When Courtney Lorenz launched her business in 2015 brewing and selling kombucha, she started working with just three 5-gallon containers.
MiBiz Growth Report: May 24, 2021
Here's the MiBiz Growth Report for May 24, 2021.
Rockford-area fields rebrand as Meijer Sports Complex under new corporate sponsorship
PLAINFIELD TWP. — The West Michigan Sports Complex has been rebranded as the Meijer Sports Complex under a new corporate sponsorship between the company and the West Michigan Sports Commission.
Diversity-focused VC fund garners widespread attention, even before making initial investment
GRAND RAPIDS — The West Michigan venture capital fund that intends to invest in growing, minority-owned businesses has garnered attention from interested parties who want to replicate the model elsewhere in the U.S.
6 West Michigan companies earn top grades for LGBTQ equality workplaces
GRAND RAPIDS — Six West Michigan corporations earned top scores in this year’s Corporate Equality Index rankings recently published by the Human Rights Campaign, showcasing the companies as among the best places to work for LGBTQ equality.
GR-based VC fund targeting minority-owned companies raises $8.5M in first year
GRAND RAPIDS — The venture capital fund formed a year ago in Grand Rapids to invest in minority-owned businesses has netted $8.5 million in commitments from investors and aims to hit $10 million this year.
Huntington Bank to close 97 in-store branches at Meijer locations as part of TCF acquisition
Huntington Bancshares Inc. intends to close 198 branch offices — about half of which are based in Meijer Inc. stores in Michigan — after completing the proposed $22 billion acquisition of Detroit-based TCF Financial Corp.
Developer pursuing two hotels totaling 156 rooms in Walker
WALKER — The Walker Planning Commision is set to consider plans for two conjoined hotels totaling 156 rooms just south of I-96.
State officials call for more COVID-19 vaccines as health systems, pharmacies ramp up capacity
As health systems and pharmacies ramp up capacity to administer COVID-19 vaccines, the state wants to increase the number of doses coming into Michigan.
Nonprofit leaders cautiously optimistic about 2021, some organizations face tough challenges
Some nonprofits survived the first nine months of the pandemic relatively unscathed while others are hanging on in hopes that a widely distributed vaccine lifts capacity restrictions and renews confidence in gathering indoors.
Facing widespread can shortages, West Michigan breweries weigh packaging options
Heading into 2021, Brewery Vivant has worked with its distributor to get three different six-pack placements into Meijer Inc. stores on a statewide basis.
MiBiz Growth Report: October 25, 2020
Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for October 25, 2020.
Racial equity loan fund receives $500,000 for ‘excluded entrepreneurs’
Meijer Inc. recently invested $500,000 in Rende Progress Capital, a racial equity loan fund in Grand Rapids.
Muskegon sparkling water company pivots to e-commerce during pandemic
MUSKEGON — New investors were aligning this past spring to back a capital round for HyVIDA Brands Inc.
State issues $1.7M in grants for electric vehicle fast-charging stations
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has awarded nearly $1.7 million to help public and private entities install 36 electric vehicle fast-charging stations across the state.
Though ‘late to the game,’ food retailers undergo major AI-powered shift
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, major grocery retailers were already shifting to a more futuristic shopping experience in which customers either pre-order online and pick up at the store or act as their own clerk by scanning items as they go.
Michigan at ‘dangerous tipping point’ for COVID-19, health leaders warn
A coalition of business and health care leaders across the state today warned Michigan is at a “dangerous tipping point” in the COVID-19 pandemic and “at risk of losing ground it has sacrificed for months to gain.” The group cited increases in new daily cases in the last month after two months of steady decline. They include a record 610 new cases Wednesday, and more than 1,400 between July 2 and 4.
West Mich. Sports Commission manages through cancellations, lost visitor spending
GRAND RAPIDS — The West Michigan Sports Commission took measures to create a safer work environment at its office, which was newly opened in November of last year before the springtime COVID-19 pandemic sent staff home to work remotely.