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Displaying items tagged: small business

Sunday, 16 January 2022 18:19

Michigan community banks leverage tens of millions in capital raises

The $20 million in capital that West Shore Bank Corp. raised toward the end of 2021 will go to support further commercial loan growth.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 16 January 2022 18:14

Family-owned businesses feel better positioned to adapt in pandemic

After nearly two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, smaller family-owned businesses are generally better positioned to overcome labor and supply chain challenges than non-family-owned companies. 

Published in Small Business
Thursday, 06 January 2022 11:25

Software developer SPARK Business Works to expand reach in Texas after acquiring digital marketing firm

KALAMAZOO — SPARK Business Works in Kalamazoo has acquired Houston, Texas-based digital marketing agency Convergent1.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 02 January 2022 18:00

Small biz advocates seek support to boost labor participation, weather supply chain challenges

Small business advocates are calling for more support from the state Legislature to help companies that they say are not recovering at the same rate as other sectors in Michigan’s economy. 

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 22 December 2021 19:02

Retailers report higher sales in November compared to 2020

Retailers had better sales in November compared to the same period in recent years, a statewide trade group reported Wednesday. 

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 19 December 2021 18:25

Access to capital remains key challenge for Black-owned businesses

Access to capital, markets and networks are the three primary barriers to success for Black entrepreneurs, according to Jamiel Robinson.

Published in Small Business

Wednesday, 15 December 2021 11:21

Lawmakers finalize $1.5B in support for large, small businesses in year-end session

State lawmakers have passed $1.48 billion in additional spending to provide incentives for major economic development projects and relief for small businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 09 December 2021 17:29

GR-area petroleum services firm sells to transportation, logistics company

BYRON TWP. — Rohr Gasoline Equipment Inc. — a longtime provider of petroleum equipment sales, installation and service work — has been sold to an eastern Michigan company.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 08 December 2021 18:15

Gazelle Sports opening new location in downtown Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — Running and active lifestyle specialty store Gazelle Sports has announced plans to open a sixth retail location in downtown Grand Rapids in 2022.

Published in Small Business

Tuesday, 07 December 2021 15:39

Four employees purchase Cadillac-based fireplace and chimney business from founders

CADILLAC — A decades-old Northern Michigan fireplace and chimney business was recently purchased by four of its own employees.

Published in Small Business
Thursday, 02 December 2021 16:32

Report: Small businesses not recovering at same rate as overall Michigan economy

Michigan’s economy overall is recovering from last year, but lingering effects from COVID-19 are having a disproportionately negative effect on small businesses, according to a new report released by the Small Business Association of Michigan.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 29 November 2021 12:48

MiBiz on WOOD-TV: The Right Place expands to Mason, Mecosta counties

GRAND RAPIDS — Regional economic development organization The Right Place Inc. recently announced new partnerships that would bring its services and expertise to Mason and Mecosta counties in West Michigan.

Published in Finance

Sunday, 21 November 2021 17:40

Local retailers gear up for holiday season showing strong consumer confidence

With fewer COVID-19 restrictions on in-person shopping and rising consumer confidence, retail experts and small business owners hope to see an increase in holiday shopping compared to 2020

Published in Small Business
Thursday, 18 November 2021 10:30

Gantry Business Solutions acquires turnaround firm Amicus Management

ADA TWP. — Grand Rapids business consulting firm Gantry Business Solutions LLC has acquired Amicus Management Inc.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 17 November 2021 06:00

Lambert & Co. to transition leadership as Michelle Olson steps into CEO role

GRAND RAPIDS — When Michelle Olson joined Lambert & Co. in 2019, she knew what she wanted to do for the integrated marketing, public relations and investor relations firm.

Published in Small Business

Friday, 12 November 2021 14:29

Corporate climate change goals fuel growth for Grand Rapids energy consultancy

GRAND RAPIDS — Increasing corporate concerns over climate change and growing energy management awareness is fueling growth for Foresight Management. 

Published in Energy
Monday, 08 November 2021 12:28

MiBiz on WOOD-TV: New Community Transformation Fund names first managing director

GRAND RAPIDS — A venture capital fund that plans to invest in minority-owned businesses has named Ollie Howie as its first managing director.

Published in Finance
Monday, 08 November 2021 10:36

Terra Bagels expanding with new location in downtown Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — Terra Bagels LLC is expanding with a second location, branching out from the city’s Eastown neighborhood to a downtown Grand Rapids storefront at the Michigan Trust Building that was previously occupied by Ferris Coffee & Nut Co.  


Tuesday, 02 November 2021 11:11

Kentwood-based Land and Sea Packaging to sell to Canadian firm in $37.3M cash and stock deal

KENTWOOD — A Vancouver-based beverage packaging manufacturer that has expanded its presence in the United States plans to purchase a Grand Rapids area company.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Friday, 29 October 2021 12:15

The Candied Yam to convert South Division ‘eyesore’ into new restaurant, banquet hall

GRAND RAPIDS — The owner of southern-style restaurant The Candied Yam LLC is eyeing an expansion with a new banquet hall and restaurant along South Division Avenue in Grand Rapids. 

Thursday, 28 October 2021 13:57

Tribes renew partnership with acquisition of two Holland transportation companies

The investment arms of two West Michigan tribes have partnered to acquire a pair of transportation companies in Holland.

Published in Economic Development

Monday, 25 October 2021 16:01

Grand Rapids opens $10K COVID-19 adaptation grants to more small businesses

GRAND RAPIDS — The city of Grand Rapids’ Economic Development Office is expanding the number of businesses that can apply for COVID-19 adaptation grants of up to $10,000.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 24 October 2021 16:45

Businesses need to address human error to prepare for cyber threats

Angela Hill offers a unique perspective in providingcybersecurity and general I.T. services to clients. Hill went to work with the U.S. Navy after 9/11 as a military intelligence analyst and a federal contractor for intelligence organizations.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 24 October 2021 16:15

Any Colour You Like owners plan Black Napkin to-go restaurant in GR

GRAND RAPIDS — Five years ago, Jason Richardson couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy a tricycle freezer cart he found on Craigslist. It was the first step in starting artisan popsicle business Any Colour You Like Treats LLC with his wife, Korin Hollinshead.

Published in Small Business

Friday, 01 October 2021 16:18

10 entrepreneurs awarded $20K each at Start Garden competition

GRAND RAPIDS — Food, technology and recycling startups were among the 10 winners to receive individual $20,000 awards at this year’s 100 competition hosted by Grand Rapids-based business incubator Start Garden LLC.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 30 September 2021 15:53

Performance Plus adds 8 auto service stores with acquisition of Muskegon-based Van’s Car Wash

WYOMING — Performance Plus Quick Oil Change Centers Inc. has added to its portfolio of oil change and car wash stores with the acquisition of Muskegon-based Van’s Car Wash Inc.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 29 September 2021 22:26

Women leadership across West Michigan businesses, organizations recognized at 2021 ATHENA Awards

GRAND RAPIDS — Jo Ellyn Clarey, former president and director of the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council, has worked to promote the often-overlooked roles that women have played throughout local history.

Published in Small Business

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 22:21

State officials select Lambert & Co., partner firm for economic development marketing

State officials have selected Grand Rapids-based investor and public relations firm Lambert & Co. to help develop a marketing plan to attract new companies and raise awareness about the state’s economic development services.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 23 September 2021 17:58

Michigan retailers face sales plateau, focus on holiday season

Retailers across the state reported a small increase in sales in August over July.

Published in Small Business
Monday, 20 September 2021 15:55

Survey: Majority of small business owners oppose vaccine mandate amid staffing shortages

A majority of Michigan small businesses oppose President Biden’s recently announced vaccine mandate as staffing shortages and rising costs remain the biggest obstacles for business owners, according to a new survey by the Small Business Association of Michigan.

Published in Small Business

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