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Wednesday, 28 September 2022 15:45

Integrity Tree Services transitions to ESOP ownership

GRANDVILLE — The owners of vegetation management company Integrity Tree Services LLC have sold the business to its workers via a new employee stock ownership plan.

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 27 September 2022 17:19

Traverse City tech incubator awarded $50K grant for support services

TRAVERSE CITY — Technology startup incubator 20Fathoms has received a $50,000 state grant to help fund a position that can provide additional support services in the tech entrepreneurial space.

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 27 September 2022 13:01

Mobile Defenders acquired by industry leader in wholesale mobile device repair parts

GAINES TWP. — Joining forces with its largest competitor will give Mobile Defenders LLC an opportunity to become part of the dominant player in the wholesale mobile device repair parts market with increased economies of scale. 

Published in Small Business

Monday, 26 September 2022 17:13

Cocktail bar and brewery to soon open in former Sovengard space on GR’s west side

GRAND RAPIDS — A new cocktail bar as well as a second location of Broad Leaf Brewery & Spirits are set to open in the coming months in a former restaurant on Bridge Street NW where The Sovengard formerly operated. 

Published in Small Business
Friday, 23 September 2022 13:13

Restaurant for dogs serving ‘barkcuterie’ boards, meal bowls opening soon in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — Jessica Ann Tyson is taking the concept of a dog-friendly restaurant a step further by making canines her main customer.

Published in Small Business
Thursday, 22 September 2022 10:40

10 startups land $20K each at Start Garden Demo Day

GRAND RAPIDS — Amanda Rostic on Wednesday night passed out samples of tea she batch brewed the night before with a special ingredient she thinks will set her product apart from other brands: hops.

Published in Small Business


Wednesday, 21 September 2022 17:38

State awards $1.15M to 49 small manufacturers for Industry 4.0 technology adoption

Eight West Michigan companies will each receive $25,000 grants under a state program that helps small manufacturers adopt Industry 4.0 technologies.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 19 September 2022 14:47

The Shade Shop in GR sells to another local, family-owned buyer

GRAND RAPIDS — Longtime family-owned window covering retailer The Shade Shop Inc. has sold to another family-owned company in the Grand Rapids area.

Published in Small Business
Friday, 16 September 2022 16:13

West Michigan entrepreneurs to open Middleville’s first dispensary

MIDDLEVILLE — Backed by a group of business partners from West Michigan, The Botanical Co. is opening the first adult-use cannabis dispensary in the village of Middleville.

Published in Small Business

Wednesday, 14 September 2022 15:25

Service Express bolsters data center maintenance offerings in scooping up Ohio firm

GRAND RAPIDS — Third-party data center maintenance provider Service Express Inc. has acquired the similarly focused, Beaverton, Ohio-based Sherlock Services Inc.

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 13 September 2022 14:56

Calvin University launches Startup Garage business incubator backed by $500K donation

GRAND RAPIDS — After selling the church management software company he started in 2014, Jon VerLee decided to put his money into assisting other entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground.

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 23 August 2022 16:27

Royals in GR’s East Hills to relaunch as pizza restaurant 

GRAND RAPIDS — Royals is relaunching next week as a pizza restaurant after the former East Hills brunch spot underperformed since launching at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Small Business


Monday, 22 August 2022 16:31

Accessible mobility app eyes more West Michigan communities, health care settings as participation grows

A mobility app for people with disabilities is experiencing strong growth since launching commercial operations in West Michigan two months ago, and now is considering expanding its services to more communities and health care providers.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 22 August 2022 14:20

Seven Steps Up owners list building for $925K: ‘We’re trying to get past this’

SPRING LAKE — A former Masonic Temple in Spring Lake that for more than a decade served as the home of concert venue Seven Steps Up is listed for $925,000 as the owners prepare to close and leave the state.

Friday, 19 August 2022 09:31

State to deploy $72M in first round of federally funded small business loans, investments

The state has begun the process to dispense nearly $237 million in federal funding to support small businesses.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 14 August 2022 10:18

Former Cherry Deli building sold to growing catering, personal chef business

GRAND RAPIDS — A husband and wife duo are moving their catering and personal chef business into the building formerly occupied by neighborhood staple Cherry Deli and Catering in Grand Rapids’ East Hills neighborhood. 

Published in Small Business
Thursday, 11 August 2022 20:48

Q&A: Consultant in new advocacy role sees creativity as strength for small biz

JetCo Federal President Sue Schweim Tellier has stepped into a new advocacy role after being named vice chairperson of the Small Business Association of Michigan’s (SBAM) executive committee.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 10 August 2022 16:04

Atlanta neurosurgeon returning to hometown GR to open cannabis testing lab

GRAND RAPIDS — Dr. Paul King is returning to his hometown of Grand Rapids to open the state’s first Black-owned cannabis safety compliance facility.

Published in Economic Development

Tuesday, 09 August 2022 16:58

Wedding coordinators grow capacity for post-pandemic boom, hoping it lasts

Emily DeRitter formed Grand Rapids-based wedding coordination company The Best Day Details LLC in late 2019. 

Published in Small Business
Monday, 08 August 2022 17:58

‘LONG OVERDUE:’ Restaurant workers welcome higher wages, benefits as owners warn of closures

While restaurant owners have warned of impending industry collapse — or at least uncertain operating conditions — of swiftly strengthening the state’s minimum wage and paid sick leave requirements, their workers have welcomed recent developments that they say ensure economic stability.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Monday, 08 August 2022 15:50

Marketing firm purchases west side GR office as in-person work returns

GRAND RAPIDS — Marketing agency 1 Bold Step LLC has purchased a small office building on Grand Rapids’ west side as company executives gradually return to more in-person work.


Thursday, 04 August 2022 18:50

PE-backed Heartland Home Services continues Midwest growth with latest acquisition

Heartland Home Services LLC, a private equity-backed HVAC, plumbing and electrical home service provider, has added a second Wisconsin-based firm to its portfolio of companies in recent months.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 03 August 2022 08:30

Zeeland furniture startup in ‘launch and accessibility mode’ after $1.5M capital raise

A Zeeland furniture startup that seeks to play into the growing home office trend has secured $1.5 million in capital from investors around Michigan.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 20 July 2022 20:31

Grand Rapids microlender rebrands, aims to increase small business lending

GRAND RAPIDS — A Grand Rapids-based microlender has rebranded from Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women to Grow as it focuses on increasing the number of loans it deploys to small businesses. 

Published in Small Business

Wednesday, 20 July 2022 18:08

Court ruling could upend business model for some restaurants and bars 

Chris Weavers is “terrified” by a court ruling handed down Tuesday that immediately raises wages for workers who rely on tips to offset their hourly wage.

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 19 July 2022 12:00

American Storage & Logistics acquires two firms, plans to change name

GRAND RAPIDS — American Storage & Logistics is expanding its capabilities with acquisitions of two equipment suppliers based in the northeastern United States. 

Published in Small Business
Monday, 18 July 2022 16:10

Owners to close, sell Seven Steps Up to cover ongoing losses from Grand Haven concert series

SPRING LAKE — The owners of Seven Steps Up are closing their music venue after 11 years of hosting concerts and live performances in Spring Lake in an attempt to recoup mounting costs from an underperforming concert series they host for the city of Grand Haven.

Published in Small Business

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 17:20

Wedding venue’s LGBTQ policy draws backlash, spurs inclusive vendor directory

GRAND RAPIDS — A group of about 30 people gathered on Monday to protest a new wedding and events venue at a former Grand Rapids church where owners have a policy against hosting same-sex marriages.

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 12 July 2022 09:12

Event services company plans 145-person venue in GR’s Roosevelt Park neighborhood

GRAND RAPIDS — An event rental and planning business plans to expand its offerings in Grand Rapids by opening a 2,200-square-foot event space in the city’s Roosevelt Park neighborhood. 

Wednesday, 06 July 2022 16:42

Service Express acquires pair of firms as tech M&A market cools so far in 2022

GRAND RAPIDS — Third-party data center maintenance provider Service Express Inc. has acquired two companies: Middleville-based cloud hosting provider ​​iInTheCloud LLC and Danbury, Conn.-based managed service provider iTech Solutions Group LLC.

Published in Small Business

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