Displaying items tagged: small business

Friday, 03 February 2023 11:27

MINNOW SWALLOWS WHALE: Werkman Outfitters acquires longtime Muskegon River fly fishing guide service

GRAND HAVEN — A growing family-owned fishing guide service on the Grand River is expanding its focus to the north with a deal to acquire RiverQuest Charters, a longtime fly fishing outfitter on the Muskegon River. 

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 01 February 2023 10:40

GR auto service center expanding with proceeds from building sale to Corewell Health

GRAND RAPIDS — A second Grand Rapids business owner is investing the proceeds from the sale of its Monroe North property to Corewell Health for further expansion.

Tuesday, 31 January 2023 11:39

Small business group pushes changes to ‘retirement tax’ bills

LANSING — A business group on Monday requested changes to fast-tracked bills that would reverse Michigan’s “retirement tax,” proposing revisions its leader said would narrow disparities in how different seniors would be taxed under the legislation.

Published in Small Business

Monday, 30 January 2023 17:03

New ‘one-stop shop’ business incubator at Grand Rapids Innovation Park set to open for tech entrepreneurs

A new business incubator at Michigan State University’s research campus in downtown Grand Rapids offers a new venue for tech entrepreneurs to nurture their innovations.

Published in 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.

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