Displaying items tagged: small business

Sunday, 11 October 2020 17:40

With limited funding restored, Pure Michigan shifts focus to fall and winter tourism

The Pure Michigan campaign that touts the state as a travel destination should return soon to spur fall and winter travel and help tourism-reliant small businesses that were hit hard this summer by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 11 October 2020 17:30

Experts warn of rising mental health indicators — and how to treat them

Many of us have had that awkward Zoom moment.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 11 October 2020 17:20

Holland specialty market delays opening during pandemic, expands space

HOLLAND — Owners of a new specialty market pushed back the opening this spring of Market Zero in downtown Holland because of the pandemic, but they are already eyeing an expansion to the storefront next door.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 11 October 2020 17:10

After experimenting with formats, Grand Rapids Symphony readies for audiences

GRAND RAPIDS — Leaders of the Grand Rapids Symphony got creative over the past six months with new ways of sharing music with the community. But as capacity restrictions begin to lift on venues, the orchestra is gearing up again for in-person audiences.

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 29 September 2020 13:42

State COVID-19 relief grants reach thousands of West Michigan small businesses

Thousands of small businesses across West and Southwest Michigan have received grant funding from a state COVID-19 relief program.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 28 September 2020 16:35

Survey: Most small businesses expect further sales declines in months ahead

More than seven in 10 small businesses in Michigan expect further sales declines from the COVID-19 pandemic in the months ahead, according to new survey results from the Small Business Association of Michigan.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 27 September 2020 18:00

Pandemic causes software team to rethink meeting-scheduling app

In the summer of 2019, Chris Ake and a couple of fellow tech entrepreneurs entertained the idea of building out artificial intelligence-fueled smart scheduling software they were already using to quickly and easily schedule meetings.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 27 September 2020 17:49

To weather COVID, GR restaurant owners launch pizza concept that may stay long-term

GRAND RAPIDS — The owners of That Early Bird Cafe and Little Bird restaurants — like countless other businesses — have taken stock of what works well during the pandemic, both to weather the short-term disruption as well as set themselves up for long-term success.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 27 September 2020 17:47

Wealthy Theatre ‘hardest hit’ for Grand Rapids Community Media Center

Grand Rapids Community Media Center — which runs WYCE-FM radio station, GRTV, The Rapidian news outlet and the Wealthy Theatre — continues to serve the community during the pandemic but had to scale back many of its operations this year.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 27 September 2020 15:53

Tech repair companies play key role as demand for electronic devices grows

At Tech Defenders — a business that specializes in repairing, refurbishing and reselling laptops and mobile devices — processing a used device and finding it a new home used to take about 60 days.

Published in Small Business
Thursday, 24 September 2020 16:18

Kent County offers $5 million in grants to businesses that remain closed because of pandemic

GRAND RAPIDS — Some financial relief could be on the way for Kent County businesses that have been forced to shut down because of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders.

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 22 September 2020 12:23

Michigan music venues seek $10 million COVID relief fund from state

Dozens of Michigan independent music venue owners are calling on state officials to create a $10 million pandemic relief fund to help them avoid closing permanently.

Published in Small Business

Monday, 14 September 2020 10:14

GROW rolls out second round of COVID relief to small businesses

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Opportunity for Women is accepting applications through Sept. 26 for its ReStart Kent loan program. 

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 13 September 2020 17:46

SIX MONTHS IN: Small businesses reflect on the ups, downs, optimism and bleakness of the COVID-19 pandemic

In early May, MiBiz began featuring small businesses across Western and Southwestern Michigan in a section called “Coping with COVID-19.” The goal was to tell the stories of small businesses adjusting to the global pandemic and capture their outlook at this historic point in time.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 13 September 2020 17:28

Virtual school puts strain on parents, local business owners

GRAND RAPIDS — The owners of Brewery Vivant have gotten creative out of necessity when it comes to virtual schooling for their two children, sharing the responsibilities with two other families in their neighborhood.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 13 September 2020 17:15

Fifth-generation Bradford Co. recognized for continued growth

The origins of the Bradford Co. date back to 1897, when W.J. Bradford started a paper company on the south side of Chicago that made candy boxes and popcorn bags.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 13 September 2020 17:07

Most family-owned businesses continue to lack formal succession plans

Results from a recent global survey show most family-owned businesses in West Michigan still lack a formal succession plan to transition the company to the next generation of leadership.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 13 September 2020 17:00

Experts see short, long term shifts with family business philanthropy

Family-owned businesses have been key contributors to West Michigan’s culture around charitable giving, but the COVID-19 pandemic and lingering questions around a seeming lack of succession planning may change the nature of that philanthropy in both the short and long term.

Published in Small Business

Thursday, 03 September 2020 16:10

SBA officials discuss ‘growing pains,’ inequities with PPP loans

GRANDVILLE — U.S. Small Business Administration officials visiting Michigan this week say the federal agency has undergone a major transformation during the COVID-19 pandemic while recognizing inequities in a key relief program for small businesses.

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 01 September 2020 15:15

Small businesses get discounted education tools for children through partnership

LANSING — Small business owners and employees can access extra educational support for their children during this unprecedented school year as many classes will be held virtually because of COVID-19. 

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 30 August 2020 17:09

Couple comes out of retirement during pandemic to run historic Kalamazoo inn

KALAMAZOO — Laurel and Terry Parrott sold Kalamazoo House Bed & Breakfast in 2014 and moved to Arizona, but the pandemic has brought them out of retirement to return as innkeepers of the historic building.

Published in Small Business

Friday, 28 August 2020 17:05

Muskegon sparkling water company pivots to e-commerce during pandemic

MUSKEGON — New investors were aligning this past spring to back a capital round for HyVIDA Brands Inc.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 30 August 2020 17:00

Cusack Music supplies new market of quarantined guitarists

HOLLAND — Live music stages in West Michigan and across the country have been largely empty over the last six months with the COVID-19 pandemic suspending traditional concerts. 

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 16 August 2020 17:50

Year-round market, bakery, event space opening despite construction delays

DOUGLAS — About 15 people were hard at work on Aug. 7 hammering, sanding and painting away to construct what will become Isabel’s Market + Eatery — a specialty market, street food eatery and event space in Douglas.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 16 August 2020 17:40

Los Amigos restaurant surviving pandemic despite funding obstacles

MUSKEGON — Despite initially struggling to access COVID-19 relief funding, Ana Olson has kept Los Amigos Mexican Bar & Grill open with takeout orders throughout the entire pandemic.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 16 August 2020 17:40

Collaboration of Holland businesses yields innovation in hand sanitizer dispensers

HOLLAND — GP Reeves Inc. put to use its nearly 50-year history and expertise in precision dispensing to make innovations to what has become a staple of the COVID-19 pandemic era.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 16 August 2020 17:30

New business applications in Michigan skyrocket during pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic battered Michigan’s economy through the spring and early summer, the number of people forming their own businesses grew exponentially.

Published in Small Business

Monday, 10 August 2020 15:30

Thousands seek small biz pandemic relief grants in West Michigan

Nearly 4,000 small businesses across a 13-county region of West Michigan have applied for state pandemic relief grants.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 02 August 2020 19:25

SBAM backs legislation to provide liability protection to businesses during pandemic

If an employer follows the rules and complies with requirements to maintain a safe workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic, business advocates argue the company should not have to face liability claims if someone there contracts the coronavirus.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 02 August 2020 19:20

In lawsuit, Kent Co. sports bar argues for insurance adjustment, citing pandemic closure

BELMONT — As many people stayed home and ventured out less for several weeks during the closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, auto insurers responded.

Published in Small Business

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