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Tuesday, 13 April 2021 14:06

Grand Rapids auto dealer MWS Wholesale Auto Outlet purchases property, plans expansion

GRAND RAPIDS — Chris Wawee, owner of MWS Wholesale Auto Outlet in Grand Rapids is expanding operations just north of his business after acquiring property that houses Al’s Trailer Mart.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 11 April 2021 18:30

Craft beverage producers adapt marketing approaches, deal with supply chain headaches as pandemic drags on

The COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying shutdowns of bars, brewpubs, taprooms and tasting rooms had an undeniably negative effect on West Michigan craft beverage makers and their balance sheets.

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Sunday, 11 April 2021 18:15

Craft beverage suppliers see highs and lows during the pandemic

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dennis Grumm’s brand of can seamers went from a luxury amenity to a requirement for many craft beverage producers.

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Sunday, 11 April 2021 18:00

Trade group looks to extend affordable health plans to craft brewers, distilleries, wineries

health plan that for years has provided coverage for employees at beer and wine wholesalers in Michigan now looks to offer the same benefits to craft brewers, distilleries and wineries across the state, providing a potential lower-cost option to consider.

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Sunday, 11 April 2021 17:45

Craft brewers retool to maintain profitability

Looking back on a 2020 plagued by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ed Collazo didn’t sound like a business owner who just saw his company’s revenue plummet by half a million dollars for the year.

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Sunday, 11 April 2021 17:30

Beyond retail: Entrepreneurs pursue alternative routes to cannabis industry

Opening a cannabis dispensary comes with significant barriers, but West Michigan entrepreneurs are looking at opportunities other than retail storefronts to get their foot in the door of the burgeoning industry.

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Sunday, 11 April 2021 12:17

Woman-owned, gluten-free brewery makes a craft beverage splash

Brewery Nyx LLC owner Jessica Stricklen recently unveiled plans for what will be the first gluten-free microbrewery in Michigan, to be located at 506 Oakland Ave. SW in Grand Rapids’ Roosevelt Park neighborhood.

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Tuesday, 30 March 2021 10:54

Fluresh launches incubator for startup cannabis businesses

GRAND RAPIDS — The city’s first cannabis dispensary has launched a business incubator called Fluresh Accelerator, which aims to increase access and equity in the growing cannabis industry.

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Thursday, 25 March 2021 16:46

Kent County waives food service licensing fees for 2021

Kent County restaurant owners will get a break from paying food service licensing fees for 2021 after county commissioners approved the one-time waiver on Thursday.

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Wednesday, 17 March 2021 16:20

GR food startup Basalt finds brick-and-mortar home in Eastown

GRAND RAPIDS — From the moment Steven Martinez-Thiel launched his Grand Rapids-based food startup Basalt, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic threatened to derail it.

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Sunday, 14 March 2021 17:15

Ottawa County apple growers open Pux Cider taproom in Midtown Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — Brothers Chris and Andy Schaefer managed through cost overruns and construction delays during the COVID-19 pandemic and recently opened their new Pux Cider Taphouse in the city’s Midtown neighborhood.

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Sunday, 14 March 2021 17:00

Music venue operators in a ‘holding pattern,’ awaiting relief and loosened restrictions

Venue owners celebrated in late December when the $900 billion federal stimulus package was passed and included $15 billion earmarked for live venues. But more than two months have passed and funding applications still haven’t been released, pending guidance from federal officials.

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Monday, 08 March 2021 13:52

Business owners push for loosened COVID-19 restrictions on indoor banquet, event centers

GRAND RAPIDS — Owners of indoor event centers are pushing state officials for expanded capacity limitations and a clearer reopening timeline as key COVID-19 metrics continue to decline and vaccines become more widely available.

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Monday, 01 March 2021 20:10

Longtime GR establishment, Cottage Bar, and One Trick Pony sold to neighboring restaurant owners

GRAND RAPIDS — One Trick Pony Grill & Taproom and the nearly century-old Cottage Bar and Restaurant have both sold a year after one of the owners announced plans to retire and find a buyer for the businesses.

Friday, 26 February 2021 17:30

Virtual shift rescues industrial training company from pandemic shutdowns

GRAND RAPIDS— Safety training company TrainMOR saw business come to a screeching halt last spring when the COVID-19 pandemic caused major disruptions to the general industrial clients that it serves.

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Sunday, 28 February 2021 17:20

Break Room Therapy offers an outlet during COVID-19, expands in new location

BYRON CENTER — It’s hard for Break Room Therapy owner Dawn Levian to tell whether she is getting more customers by word of mouth since opening two years ago or because people are looking for an outlet for pandemic-induced stress. 

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Monday, 22 February 2021 15:51

PPP loan changes meant to benefit small, minority-owned businesses

The Biden administration on Monday announced a series of changes to the Paycheck Protection Program that are aimed at improving access to federal COVID-19 relief loans for small and minority-owned businesses.

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Sunday, 14 February 2021 16:00

Matthew Baas assembles growing number of deals for ‘Main Street’ companies

Max Friar, managing partner at Grand Rapids-based M&A firm Calder Capital LLC, routinely found his company passing on potential clients because of the size of their businesses.

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Sunday, 14 February 2021 15:31

America’s Bride owner reflects on expanding business, acquiring Bridal Gallery

Working in the wedding industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread restrictions on large gatherings has been stressful for Jennifer Elenbaas.

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Sunday, 31 January 2021 18:00

Applying for COVID-19 aid a rocky process for some restaurant, bar owners

Tami VandenBerg successfully applied for the first round of federal Paycheck Protection Program loans for her small businesses in 2020.

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Sunday, 31 January 2021 17:30

Recruiting firm helps companies find talent under pandemic variables

KALAMAZOO — As she connected with businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, long-time professional recruiter Sheri Welsh noticed that HR departments were becoming largely depleted as the economic slowdown decimated many industries.

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Sunday, 31 January 2021 17:00

SBA simplifies PPP loan forgiveness process

As clients began reaching out in recent weeks to gather documents and apply for forgiveness of their federal Paycheck Protection Program loans from last year, executives at Level One Bank urged them to wait. 

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Sunday, 31 January 2021 11:42

New Family Business Alliance leader discusses ongoing research, priorities

Robin Burns took over as head of the Grand Rapids-based Family Business Alliance in November after nearly 12 years as marketing director at the Rhoades McKee law firm in Grand Rapids. The FBA was created in 2006 as a partnership with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and Grand Valley State University and later reorganized as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit. With more than 150 member companies, the FBA’s mission is to ensure family-owned businesses in the region are passed down to future generations. Burns spoke with MiBiz about what’s next for the organization.

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Thursday, 28 January 2021 14:21

Michigan small businesses approved for more than $1.5B in loans under new PPP round

Michigan small businesses were approved for more than $1.5 billion in federal loans during the first two weeks of the new Paycheck Protection Program the U.S. Small Business Administration launched earlier this month.

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Sunday, 17 January 2021 18:32

More flexibility comes with latest round of PPP loans

The new round of federal Paycheck Protection Program loans includes a number of changes from the prior funding intended to aid small businesses hurting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sunday, 17 January 2021 18:28

Seven Steps Up owners praise latest federal relief, hopeful to resume shows in the fall

SPRING LAKE — It has been nearly a year since Seven Steps Up in Spring Lake had a crowd of people packed together for a live music performance, but owners Gary and Michelle Hanks hope to see shows return in some capacity in 2021. 

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Sunday, 17 January 2021 18:21

Stoney Ridge Vineyards & Winery ‘weathering’ a pandemic opening

SPARTA TOWNSHIP — Stoney Ridge Winery LLC officially opened in June 2020 after a few soft opening events at the start of the pandemic.

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Friday, 15 January 2021 16:35

Grand Haven-based UV Angel strikes partnership with McDonald’s

GRAND HAVEN — A West Michigan-based company that developed a patented ultraviolet light technology to kill off pathogens on surfaces and in the air will see its technology deployed in select McDonald’s restaurants.

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Thursday, 14 January 2021 13:24

State prepares $58.5 million in relief funding for small biz, entertainment venues

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. plans to open applications next week for the $58.5 million in grant funding to aid small businesses and entertainment venues that were closed or curtailed by the most recent state-ordered restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Friday, 08 January 2021 13:22

New round of PPP loans set to launch as businesses signal needed assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration begins taking applications next week for the new round of forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans to aid small businesses ailing from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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