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GRAND RAPIDS — Mike Hughes, founder of Doorganics LLC, heard loud and clear what his customers wanted, which has the organic grocery delivery service announcing a new partnership. Hughes and his team recently unveiled a partnership with Alan Hartline, a veteran of the grocery industry and owner of Kingma’s Market, located at 2225 Plainfield in Grand Rapids. The new alliance is designed to beef up the Doorganics product line.

Betten Baker Auto Group has acquired South Haven Chevrolet Buick GMC, expanding the company’s reach to Southwest Michigan.

BYRON CENTER — Rural wireless provider FreedomNet Wireless was acquired by an Indiana-based internet provider The deal for Byron Center-based FreedomNet, which serves rural areas mostly south of Grand Rapids, near Fowlerville and in Southwest Michigan, expands La Porte, Ind.-based Surf Air Wireless LLC’s coverage area north into West Michigan, according to a statement.

Hope College has announced Matthew Scogin as its 14th president.

Amy Sparks’ acquisition of Nuvar Inc. in May required the company’s new top executive to adapt to her role as an “outsider” as she worked to integrate herself into the operations. 

The “secret sauce” that separates Auxo Investment Partners from other private equity firms comes down to hard work. 

Two arterial roads through the city’s central business district could go from one-way to two-way streets under a new plan being considered by the Downtown Development Authority.

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Oct. 1, 2018.

Immigrants now living in Kent County are making a significant impact on the local economy.

Dockless electric scooters could soon become available on the streets in Michigan’s second-largest city.

Nine days after a social media announcement that it would leave the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce over a controversial endorsement of Bill Schuette, Founders Brewing Co. has changed its mind.

Stryker Corp. agreed to pay a $7.8 million fine to settle federal securities charges of violating laws over internal accounting controls and records for foreign sales.

Direct-selling giant Amway Corp. plans to close two plants in West Michigan as part of a restructuring of its manufacturing operations, MiBiz has learned.

An independent baseball team from Traverse City has sold to the ownership group of the West Michigan Whitecaps, the Detroit Tigers’ Class-A affiliate.

Contractors and operating engineers have found a temporary solution to a labor dispute that’s affected more than 150 road construction projects around the state — and three in the greater Grand Rapids area.

A West Michigan creamery has invested $1.6 million into its existing Holland production facility.

Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette on Monday morning signaled further willingness to expand the state’s civil rights law following an endorsement controversy last week.

Few local M&A advisers have as great an impact on both deals and dealmakers alike as veteran attorney Stephen Waterbury.

Brewery Vivant is planning to open a satellite facility that will help ease space constraints and give the company a broader reach into the greater Grand Rapids area, MiBiz has learned.

A Northern Michigan manufacturer of equipment for high-power laser systems has acquired a German supplier of laser crystals.

A Grand Rapids-based provider of furniture protection plans and other products has been acquired by the warranty and specialty risk firm Amynta Group.

Steelcase Inc. and Herman Miller Inc. each posted strong sales and earnings for their most recent quarters and expect growth to continue into the current period.

Office furniture manufacturer Steelcase Inc. is expanding its stable of alternative workplace furniture designs.

The backlash against the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce over its controversial endorsement of GOP Michigan gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette continues to percolate.

Over the last several years, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce has sought to make diversity and inclusion a key part of its mission and culture.

ROCKFORD — Just months after rebranding its downtown Rockford location as Rockford Riverside Grille, Essence Restaurant Group has announced it will cease restaurant operations and reopen temporarily next month as an events and banquet facility.

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Sept. 17, 2018.

The acquisition this month of Gemini Corp.’s assets by a Southeast Michigan publisher comes amid a broader consolidation trend in the media industry.

The West Michigan chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) held its 32nd annual Excellence in Construction Awards on Thursday evening.

The Council of Michigan Foundations named Kyle Caldwell as its new president and CEO.

Medical device manufacturer Medbio Inc. is investing $3.5 million into an expansion project in Cascade Township.

The Hinman Co.’s scaled-back hotel project in the city’s central business district received a financial boost this morning.

A Grand Rapids-based building materials manufacturer moved its door division from Wyoming, Mich. to an expanded facility in Byron Center.

The founder of West Michigan kombucha brewer has sold the company to another area craft beverage manufacturer.

A bottler and distributor of Coca-Cola products is closing its operations in Kalamazoo.

GRAND RAPIDS — HopCat’s 17th location overall — and its second in Grand Rapids — comes as an “experiment” of sorts for the growing chain of craft beer-focused restaurants.

The big three research universities in Michigan generated nearly $18.7 billion in economic impact across the state, an amount that grew 46 percent over 11 years even as public funding for higher education waned.

GRAND RAPIDS — The first thing you should know about me is that I really dislike heights. I didn’t make it 200 feet into an attempt to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge and I once nearly had a nervous breakdown on an outdoor patio of a 36th-floor condo.

Travelers in West Michigan will have another nonstop flight option starting next year. 

The Employers’ Association today named Jason Reep as its next president.

Blue Medora LLC, an enterprise software developer, received a $10 million investment from Edison Partners, a Princeton, N.J.-based growth equity investor.

Bills Manns, the president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s since 2013, will become the leader of sister hospitals St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston in mid October.

A Southeast Michigan publisher has acquired the Grand Rapids Business JournalGrand Rapids Magazine and other titles from Gemini Corp.

Greatland Corp., a provider of W-2, 1099 and 1095 products to employers, acquired Aabet Business Systems of Marin County, Calif.

A West Michigan-based industrial testing equipment and assembly systems manufacturer has acquired WinterPark Engineering LLC of Auburn Hills.

A Mid-Michigan food and animal safety testing products company has purchased a Virgina genetic testing firm specializing in services for cattle breeding organizations.

GRAND RAPIDS — Auxo Investment Partners closed fundraising for its first fund after netting $50 million from family offices and institutional investors.

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Sept. 4, 2018.