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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2022 14:54

Woman-owned Hodges Fastener sells to Ohio-based consolidator

TRAVERSE CITY — Hodges Fastener Corp., a woman-owned distributor of a range of fasteners, has sold to an Ohio-based firm that has been consolidating fastener distribution companies across the Midwest. 

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Friday, 14 October 2022 15:06

Q&A: 3-year grant to help Northern Initiatives improve small business job quality

Small business lender Northern Initiatives will receive $100,000 from major foundations annually over the next three years to help grow small businesses across Michigan.

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Wednesday, 12 October 2022 16:25

Groups seek $6M in Kent Co. ARPA funding to support minority-owned small biz

Leaders in West Michigan’s Asian-American business community seek $6 million to provide a variety of programs and services to underserved communities, including minority- and women-owned businesses in the region.

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Wednesday, 05 October 2022 20:01

Grand Rapids says wedding venue that declines to serve LGBTQ couples violates human rights ordinance

GRAND RAPIDS — The city of Grand Rapids has issued a civil infraction against The Broadway Avenue, claiming that the venue’s policy of only hosting weddings between biological men and women is discriminatory and violates Grand Rapids’ human rights ordinance.

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Wednesday, 05 October 2022 16:04

Battle Creek Unlimited awarded $522K for food startup programs

BATTLE CREEK — The federal Economic Development Administration has awarded economic development organization Battle Creek Unlimited more than $522,000 in grants to bolster a pair of food startup programs.

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Monday, 03 October 2022 12:26

Japanese restaurant Nagoya plans downtown GR location in former Osteria Rossa space

GRAND RAPIDS — Nagoya, a Japanese restaurant with an existing location in Kentwood, plans to open a second location in downtown Grand Rapids. 

Wednesday, 28 September 2022 15:45

Integrity Tree Services transitions to ESOP ownership

GRANDVILLE — The owners of vegetation management company Integrity Tree Services LLC have sold the business to its workers via a new employee stock ownership plan.

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Tuesday, 27 September 2022 17:19

Traverse City tech incubator awarded $50K grant for support services

TRAVERSE CITY — Technology startup incubator 20Fathoms has received a $50,000 state grant to help fund a position that can provide additional support services in the tech entrepreneurial space.

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Tuesday, 27 September 2022 13:01

Mobile Defenders acquired by industry leader in wholesale mobile device repair parts

GAINES TWP. — Joining forces with its largest competitor will give Mobile Defenders LLC an opportunity to become part of the dominant player in the wholesale mobile device repair parts market with increased economies of scale. 

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