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LEFT OUT TO DRY: State alcohol regulators deny liquor license for Grand Rapids laundromat owner
GRAND RAPIDS — Edward Bates opened a laundromat on Grand Rapids’ far south side in 2018 after investing about $3 million into the building with renovations and new equipment.
Proposed FTC rule would ban use of non-competes blocking workers from jobs at competitors
Federal trade regulators want to ban the use of non-compete agreements that some employers use to keep workers from taking a job at an industry competitor.
Byron Center I.T. service provider acquires Novi firm to bolster cybersecurity offerings
BYRON CENTER — Information technology service provider People Driven Technology Inc. has acquired a Southeast Michigan tech consulting firm to build out its cybersecurity offerings after a two-year string of organic growth.
Federal judge rules in favor of Northern Michigan wineries challenging local ordinance restrictions
PENINSULA TWP. — A group of Northern Michigan wineries have found relief from a collection of township ordinances that business owners said restricted their operations and limited significant revenue streams.
Craft distillers continue push for regulatory changes as they slog through pandemic
Still facing market pains ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan small craft distillers continue to lobby for looser state liquor control laws to help their businesses be more nimble and profitable.
Federal merger review backlog continues to stall Spectrum-Beaumont deal
The regulatory review of the proposed merger between Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health has taken longer than expected as the Federal Trade Commission examines a recent flood of deals.
Experts seek federal guidance as employers offer COVID-19 vaccine incentives
A growing number of employers are offering incentives to their workers who opt for getting a COVID-19 vaccine, including with extra paid time off or small cash bonuses.
Old Mission wineries allege local ordinances unconstitutionally prohibit speech, commerce
PENINSULA TOWNSHIP — A group of Northern Michigan wineries and a trade group representing them have filed a federal lawsuit against Peninsula Township alleging that their businesses are losing hundreds of thousands of dollars per year because of the municipality’s allegedly unconstitutional ordinances.
Businesses urged to maintain safety guidelines to avoid liability after court ruling
County health departments and business groups are still evaluating the potentially far-reaching legal effects of a Michigan Supreme Court opinion Friday, but a continued focus on stemming the public health crisis and keeping workplaces safe remains.
‘Questions and concerns:’ Outdoor drinking areas may offer lifeline for bars and restaurants, but oversight questions remain
Designating outdoor drinking areas is not only a way to modernize Michigan’s alcohol regulations, but also extends a critical lifeline for restaurants and bars grappling with limited activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Experts weigh in on next steps for Michigan’s craft beverage industry
Craft beverage companies have been rocked by an unprecedented crisis, one caused not by bad business decisions or fundamental industry shifts, but by widespread closures related to a sweeping public health concern.
Business interruption insurance unlikely to cover most coronavirus-caused disruptions
Companies that bought business interruption insurance to guard against losses in case of a major disruption may likely find their coverage won’t protect them from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
Employers must communicate with workers about coronavirus policies
Leigh Schultz, a senior principal attorney in the Kalamazoo office of Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone PLC, has been fielding calls from her clients about what action they need to take regarding COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus.
Michigan craft beverage M&A to ease in 2020?
While craft beverage industry insiders expect more deals ahead nationally in 2020, the market in Michigan may be poised to level off.
Gray Skies Distillery rebrands after trademark dispute
GRAND RAPIDS — After more than three and a half years in business, Gray Skies Distillery LLC has rebranded as Eastern Kille Distillery, effective immediately, to coincide with the first statewide launch of the company’s bourbon.
Craft beverage producers sue MLCC, allege unconstitutional state laws, enforcement
GRAND RAPIDS — Tensions between Michigan craft beverage producers and the state regulatory agency appear to be ratcheting up with the filing of a new federal lawsuit, MiBiz has learned.
Breweries appeal MLCC position on legality of free bingo games
GRAND RAPIDS — Five Michigan breweries are suing the Michigan Liquor Control Commission over the regulatory agency’s quashing of free bingo promotions at their taprooms.
Appeals Court ruling upholds employer drug policy in medical marijuana case
An appeals court ruling upheld the ability of employers to withdraw job offers to people who failed a pre-employment drug test, even if they are a legal user of medical marijuana. In a case involving the City of Lansing and its utility, the Lansing Board of Water and Light, the Michigan Court of Appeals this week ruled that employers may withdraw a just offer from prospective at-will employees.
EEOC scraps two wellness incentive rules, adding uncertainty for employers
A decision out of Washington, D.C. at the end of last year provides further uncertainty as to how far employers can go with incentives to encourage employees to participate in wellness programs. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in mid-December decided to scrap two rules about wellness incentives.
Craft brewers continue to eke out growth despite increased volatility
Muskegon’s Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. is embarking on ambitious expansion plans as the company wrestles with how best to compete in the highly volatile industry.
After a pause in 2017, bank M&A expected to pick up
John Donnelly considers Independent Bank Corp.’s proposed $63.1 million deal to buy Traverse City-based TCSB Bancorp Inc. as indicative of the bank mergers likely to occur in Michigan next year.
2018 banking outlook: Easing regulations, preparing clients for future cycles
Many of the forces that affected banks in 2017 — from rising interest rates and a good economy, to balancing digital technology investments with cybersecurity — remain the top issues bankers must manage in the year ahead.
Second Detroit law firm moves into GR market amid numerous local personnel shifts
Bodman PLC became the second Detroit-based law firm to enter the Grand Rapids market in recent months with the opening of a new downtown office.
Bodman PLC opens Grand Rapids office
Detroit-based law firm Bodman PLC has opened an office in Grand Rapids, its fifth in Michigan.
3 advisers offer their takes on the state of the craft beer industry
As the craft brewing industry grows in Michigan and beyond, it has been met with a continual skepticism about whether the market can support even more producers. Every industry hiccup stirs talk of a craft beer bubble that’s on the verge of bursting. In separate interviews, MiBiz brought that discussion to three professional advisers to get their take on the state of the industry.
As competition heats up, Michigan craft brewers focus on business practices, taproom sales
Thirsty Michigan craft beer consumers bought the equivalent of around 59,000 more pints of Brewery Vivant’s beer in 2016 than they did the year before.
Steeple skirmish? SW Mich. brewery locked in trademark dispute with Pittsburgh company
NEW BUFFALO — A trademark dispute between two craft brewers has turned into a holy war of sorts.
Alternating proprietorships could alleviate capacity constraints for craft brewers
SAWYER — When Greenbush Brewery Co. needed to expand its production facility, co-owner Scott Sullivan faced a conundrum.
An industry at a crossroads: Closely-held craft brewers — noted for fierce independence — weigh options for succession
As New Holland Brewing Co. LLC ramps up a major expansion into the Grand Rapids market that’s expected to open next month, President and co-founder Brett Vanderkamp has plenty to keep his mind occupied.
Homeland Security takes action against Grand Armory Brewing over trademark
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has identified an unlikely threat lurking in West Michigan.