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Wednesday, 15 September 2021 14:36

VC-backed Sportsman Tracker sells to Texas firm

GRAND RAPIDS — Sportsman Tracker Inc., creator of the HuntWise mobile app, announced this week that it has sold the business to a Texas-based company that offers online recreational safety education and certification programs.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 12 September 2021 19:33

MiBiz names Justine Burdette as associate publisher

GRAND RAPIDS — MiBiz Inc. has selected manufacturing and economic development executive Justine Burdette as the new associate publisher of the regional business publication.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 12 September 2021 17:30

Minority-owned family businesses seek wealth-building, representation for future generations

When Jermale and Anissa Eddie opened Malamiah Juice Bar LLC in 2013, the couple aimed to be role models not just for their three sons, but also for the rest of the Black and brown community.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 12 September 2021 17:10

Tiara Yachts founder retires as new generations enter the family business

HOLLAND — Leon Slikkers’ recent retirement as chairman of Tiara Yachts Inc. marks a new chapter for the family business, which has seen a boom in recent years as younger generations consider joining the company.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 08 September 2021 06:00

Leon Slikkers retires from Tiara Yachts after 75 years in boating industry

HOLLAND — Leon Slikkers, a marine industry fixture whose boat-building career dates back to the 1940s, is retiring from Holland-based Tiara Yachts Inc., the company announced today.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 29 August 2021 16:30

3 Gatos Brewery aims to give West Michigan a taste of international food, beer

WYOMING — Linus and Renata De Paoli left their corporate lives working as engineers in Germany and have opened a new brewery to introduce a range of international food and beer culture to West Michigan.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 15 August 2021 17:00

Dry cleaners fear primary business stream will never fully return

The widespread shift to remote working has caused many small dry cleaning businesses to shut down or adapt to stay afloat.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 15 August 2021 16:22

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.

Published in Small Business
Thursday, 22 July 2021 12:27

Mitten Brewing Co. plans GR-area expansion with new takeout, delivery concept

CANNON TWP. — The Mitten Brewing Co. is once again leaning on pizza — a company mainstay that helped it through its early brewing years as well as the COVID-19 pandemic — with a new takeout and delivery concept.


Tuesday, 20 July 2021 12:10

Lt. Gov. Gilchrist sees ‘unprecedented’ opportunities for small business relief programs

GRAND RAPIDS — Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist was in Grand Rapids Monday touting the Whitmer administration’s Economic Jumpstart Plan for small businesses as billions of dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funding comes into Michigan.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 12 July 2021 14:37

$265K in COVID-19 aid heading to GR small businesses in ‘neighborhoods of focus’

GRAND RAPIDS — Eligible small businesses located on the west and south sides of Grand Rapids can soon apply for grants of up to $10,000 to help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 06 July 2021 09:36

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber promotes Cisneros to president and CEO

GRAND RAPIDS — Directors at the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce have promoted Guillermo Cisneros to president and CEO from executive director, citing his “outstanding performance.”

Published in Small Business

Tuesday, 29 June 2021 09:42

Entrepreneur scorecard details struggles, optimism for Michigan small businesses

Michigan’s small businesses were disproportionately harmed compared to other industries during the pandemic with significant declines in revenue and the number of businesses operating, but experts remain optimistic about a strong post-pandemic recovery.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 28 June 2021 14:07

GR coworking space Little Space Studio expanding with Zeeland location

ZEELAND — Coworking space Little Space Studio LLC recently reopened its downtown Grand Rapids location after delays from COVID-19, and is now expanding with another facility in Zeeland.

Friday, 25 June 2021 15:20

New Standard continues West Michigan expansion with Saugatuck Township dispensary

SAUGATUCK TWP. — New Standard cannabis company has opened its sixth dispensary in West Michigan with a newly built retail store in Saugatuck Township.


Sunday, 20 June 2021 17:30

SE Mich. solar installer opens Byron Center showroom amid hot market

BYRON CENTER — After selling off his telecommunications firm in the mid-2000s, Adam Harris ventured into another emerging technology field poised for rapid growth: renewable energy.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 06 June 2021 16:50

San Chez, ROAM owner resumes plans for casual seafood restaurant in downtown GR

GRAND RAPIDS — Cindy Schneider was ready to apply for a small business loan in March 2020 to open a new restaurant in downtown Grand Rapids when COVID-19 put her plans on hold.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 06 June 2021 16:40

New community supported arts program breaks down barriers between artists, public

Art collecting is often seen as only accessible to people willing to invest substantial funds, and an activity generally reserved for the extremely wealthy.

Published in Small Business

Monday, 24 May 2021 16:50

Whitmer signs legislation supporting self distribution for craft distillers

GRAND RAPIDS — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation that eases restrictions on the self distribution of spirits while also giving local distillers an easier path to bring canned cocktails to market.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 23 May 2021 17:10

Pack Elephant helps local, diverse artisans scale their business

GRAND RAPIDS — When Winsome Kirton worked in advertising, she was often disappointed by executives’ uninspired corporate gifts that didn’t match the company’s values. 

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 23 May 2021 17:00

Pick-up service for local food producers being tested in Holland, GR

When restaurants were forced to change how they did business during the pandemic, Garrick Pohl saw an opportunity to test the market for a curbside service that focused on local small businesses.

Published in Small Business

Tuesday, 18 May 2021 10:38

Kalamazoo grant program to support another 90 small businesses

KALAMAZOO — A grant program launched last year to provide crucial relief to small businesses in Kalamazoo at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic will offer a second round of funding to 90 additional businesses.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 12 May 2021 14:34

New Standard acquires three Agri-Med cannabis dispensaries in West Michigan

MUSKEGON — Agri-Med LLC’s three dispensaries — which operate as Park Place Provisionary in Muskegon, Edmore Provisionary in Edmore, and Exit 9 Provisionary in Nunica — will be rebranded and operate as New Standard stores under an agreement announced this week. 

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 09 May 2021 16:30

Portage nail salon confronts broad, industry-wide challenges

PORTAGE — For years, Le Nails owner Jennifer Nguyen provided manicures for some of her regulars on a strict two-week schedule. 

Published in Small Business

Tuesday, 04 May 2021 22:09

Ferris Coffee closing two GR locations to focus on expanding headquarters

GRAND RAPIDS — Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. is closing two of its Grand Rapids locations at the end of the month as the company rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Published in Small Business
Monday, 03 May 2021 16:51

$28.6 billion in relief grants now available for Michigan restaurants

Restaurant owners can start applying today for $28.6 billion available under the federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 03 May 2021 05:52

Start Garden brings back business pitch competition

After taking a year off, Start Garden is bringing back a business pitch competition that awards $1,000 to 100 contestants and $20,000 to 10 finalists.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 25 April 2021 18:00

Blacklist Bagels looks to transition from ghost kitchen to storefront

GRAND RAPIDS — When the COVID-19 pandemic first took hold of the country last year, Kevin Chaperon took the at-home bread baking trend to the next level and opened a ghost kitchen concept called Blacklist Bagels LLC. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 14 April 2021 11:43

Garage Bar in Wyoming sold to neighboring restaurant owner

WYOMING — The owners of the Garage Bar & Grill are selling the bar to the owners of India Town, a restaurant located adjacent to the bar along South Division Avenue.

Tuesday, 13 April 2021 22:54

Grandville-based conveyor systems manufacturer acquires local electrical contractor

Turn Key Installation LLC, a Grandville-based contracting company that specializes in conveyor systems, made a recent strategic acquisition by purchasing another West Michigan business.

Published in Small Business

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