Displaying items tagged: small business

Sunday, 29 January 2023 18:00

New initiative helps family business execs hone leadership skills

new training initiative wants to develop better leaders for family-owned businesses in West Michigan.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 29 January 2023 18:00

EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE: Small business leaders navigate waves in the ‘big ocean of entrepreneurship’

Jermale Eddie co-founded Grand Rapids-based Malamiah Juice Bar a decade ago, but he still feels like he’s running a “10-year-old startup.”

Published in Small Business
Thursday, 26 January 2023 21:05

Appeals court ruling heads off impending minimum wage, paid leave spikes

A Republican move to weaken minimum wage and paid sick leave ballot initiatives in 2018 was constitutional, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Thursday, keeping intact current wage and benefit requirements that were scheduled to spike Feb. 20 under a lower court decision.

Published in Small Business

Wednesday, 25 January 2023 12:54

Next generation takes over leadership at family-owned Ferris Coffee & Nut 

GRAND RAPIDS — Ferris Coffee & Nut Co., a family-owned and Grand Rapids-based coffee and nut roasting business, has completed a succession plan that passes leadership to the next generation.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 25 January 2023 10:56

Consulting, engineering firm Disher acquires leader development organization

ZEELAND — West Michigan engineering, consulting and product development firm Disher Corp. has acquired leader-development organization Leading by Design LLC in what company executives call an “ideal fit.”

Published in Talent
Tuesday, 17 January 2023 17:54

West Michigan trucking operation to shut down, sell fleet

Amid rising costs and a national decline in freight volume, a family-owned business in West Michigan is closing its trucking division and selling its fleet.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 15 January 2023 17:12

CRAFTY MOVE: Cannabis microbusinesses emphasize local products, customer experience

West Michigan’s few cannabis microbusinesses are taking a page out of the craft brewery handbook with a clear focus on customer experience and an emphasis on locally produced products. 

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 10 January 2023 17:08

Gazelle Sports CEO talks growth and battling back from pandemic-related losses

Gazelle Sports CEO Jennifer Brummitt took her position at an interesting time. The 40-year-old, who has worked with Gazelle in various capacities since 2003, became the Kalamazoo-based company’s first CEO in July 2020.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 28 December 2022 13:53

West Michigan electric services provider sells to individual investor

CASCADE TWP. — Control Electric Inc., a residential and commercial electric services provider, was sold to an unnamed individual investor.

Published in Small Business

Wednesday, 21 December 2022 15:46

Raising minimum, tipped wages expected to cause ‘monumental shift’ for restaurants

Michigan’s minimum and tipped minimum wages are both set to increase in 2023, while pending litigation could cause even more significant changes for the hospitality industry that proponents say are overdue and some operators fear.

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 20 December 2022 15:22

2 West Michigan civil engineering firms plan merger

Holland Engineering Inc. aims to expand its offerings to municipal clients under a merger planned with another West Michigan civil engineering firm.

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 06 December 2022 15:56

Continental Linen Services completes $6M Kalamazoo expansion

KALAMAZOO — Continental Linen Services Inc., a provider of uniform rentals and linen cleaning services, has completed a $6 million expansion following a pandemic-induced downturn that cut sales in half.

Published in Small Business

Monday, 05 December 2022 10:29

Grand Rapids I.T. service provider sells to Indiana consulting firm

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids-based I.T. services provider Micro Visions Inc. has sold to an Indiana consulting firm in what company executives described as a “natural fit.”

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 29 November 2022 16:27

GR-based Tommy’s Boats expands in California with deal for boat dealership

GRAND RAPIDS — Tommy’s Boats LLC, a retailer of ski, wake and pontoon boats, is expanding its operations in California with the acquisition of Larson Marine Inc., a Stockton, Calif.-based watersports dealer.

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 15 November 2022 19:14

Small biz lender’s GR networking event to connect minority business owners

GRAND RAPIDS — Rende Progress Capital, a small business lender to companies owned by entrepreneurs of color, will host a networking event Thursday that’s designed to introduce minority-owned businesses to one another and prospective new customers.

Published in Small Business

Tuesday, 15 November 2022 16:04

Michigan small biz growth during pandemic exceeds national average and shows permanence, SBAM scorecard finds

A spike in small business formations in Michigan that began in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic continues and easily outpaces the national growth rate.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 13 November 2022 12:16

GR nightclub Ambiance permanently closes; owners cite ‘persistent safety issues’ in downtown 

GRAND RAPIDS — The owners of one of the few Black-owned businesses in downtown Grand Rapids say Ambiance GR Kitchen & Lounge has closed after being open for less than a year.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 09 November 2022 16:40

PE-backed firm acquires two West Michigan industrial parts distributors

A pair of West Michigan distributors of construction and industrial supplies have been acquired by a leading direct-to-jobsite construction tools distributor specializing in commercial, industrial, mixed-use and infrastructure end markets.

Published in Small Business

Wednesday, 09 November 2022 10:20

West Michigan Tree Services sells to PE-backed firm

GRAND RAPIDS — West Michigan Tree Services, an operating company of Grand Arbor Group Inc. of Grand Rapids, has been acquired by a New Bedford, N.Y.-based professional tree and shrub care company. 

Published in Small Business
Monday, 07 November 2022 16:50

‘Unprecedented’ $10M cannabis hospitality project planned in Muskegon

MUSKEGON — A group of Michigan and Chicago-based entrepreneurs are developing a one-stop cannabis destination in Muskegon that would include a growing and processing facility, dispensary, consumption lounge, outdoor venue, restaurant and bar.

Sunday, 06 November 2022 18:42

SW Mich. partnership creates new pathway for Native entrepreneurs to launch startups

BENTON HARBOR — A new partnership hopes to improve the technical assistance available to Native American entrepreneurs in Southwest Michigan so they can have an easier time turning their business ideas into new startups and access funding. 

Published in Small Business

Wednesday, 02 November 2022 17:47

Fluresh opens applications for next cohort in cannabis accelerator program

GRAND RAPIDS — Vertically integrated cannabis company Fluresh LLC has opened applications for the next round of participants in its cannabis accelerator program for entrepreneurs.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 31 October 2022 15:47

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Small biz group leads opposition to federal rule proposal for ‘gig economy’ workers

The Biden administration last month proposed new rules for employers that could have sweeping implications for small business owners who rely on independent contractors.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 31 October 2022 15:19

Bond Fluidaire sells to SE Michigan-based Exotic Automation & Supply

GRAND RAPIDS — Family-owned Bond Fluidaire Inc., a distributor of pneumatic and hydraulic hardware, components and systems, has sold to a southeast Michigan automation supply company.

Published in Small Business

Monday, 31 October 2022 11:07

Wyoming family-owned trucking company acquired by large national firm

WYOMING — Family-owned National Truck Brokers Inc., a Wyoming-based truckload carrier for grocery customers across seven Midwest states, has been acquired by a leading transportation and logistics company.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 26 October 2022 18:22

Grand Rapids movie studio plans move to Walker industrial building

WALKER — A movie studio that formerly operated in downtown Grand Rapids is eyeing a larger industrial space in Walker to accommodate local filmmakers seeking to rent out production space.

Wednesday, 26 October 2022 15:47

Atomic Object expands to North Carolina with 4th office

GRAND RAPIDS — Growing software design and development consultancy Atomic Object LLC has opened its fourth office with a move into the Raleigh, N.C. market.

Published in Small Business

Wednesday, 26 October 2022 10:21

Grand Rapids ranks 12th in U.S. for employee-owned companies

Grand Rapids ranks highly among cities nationwide for its number of employee-owned companies.

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 25 October 2022 13:21

Small biz group rallies opposition to federal rule proposal aimed at ‘gig economy’ workers 

The Small Business Association of Michigan is building opposition to a proposed federal rule change that could affect millions of workers who earn their living as independent contractors.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 24 October 2022 14:20

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.

Published in Small Business

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