Consumers Credit Union breaks ground on Grand Haven branch

A Kalamazoo-based credit union is building its first location in the city of Grand Haven.

Coldbrook Insurance Group moves to larger office

A locally based independent insurance agency moved to a larger office space that will allow for better social distancing among staff and clients.

Johnson Center urges attention to philanthropy trends

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University released its fifth annual 11 Trends in Philanthropy report, identifying trends that will shape the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors in the coming months and years.

Survey forecasts busy year for M&A deals

An improved public health environment and the possibility of higher capital gains taxes will likely drive increased merger and acquisition activity in 2021, according to a Citizens survey.

Report shows economic rebound continues

The Citizens Business Conditions Index showed a second consecutive quarter of economic gains as optimism fueled by COVID-19 vaccine announcements and increased election certainty began to outweigh concerns about spiking pandemic cases.

Expected tax hike could affect retirement funds

Tax rates are at a historical low, courtesy of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that was signed into law in 2017 by former President Trump. That may change in the near future.

Inside Track: Immigration experience attracts Yoo to law

Sungjin Yoo learned early on in life that the devil is in the details — a fact that makes him passionate today about creating legal contracts that minimize risks and errors.

Acrisure, Russell Wilson and Ciara form joint insurance venture

Acrisure is partnering with a celebrity couple to form a joint venture that will focus on the insurance needs of minority-owned businesses and diverse communities in the U.S.

Arbor Financial Credit Union opens Hudsonville branch

A Kalamazoo-based credit union opened a new branch in Hudsonville.

Praxis Business Brokers closes six deals in fourth quarter

A local business brokerage saw a flurry of deals close in late 2020.

Transformation fund approaches $10M

One year after it was announced, the New Community Transformation Fund has secured $8.5 million from stakeholders looking to invest in Grand Rapids-area companies owned by people of color and is on its way to hitting the $10 million mark.

Comerica’s Michigan Index inched higher in October

Comerica Bank’s Michigan Economic Activity Index increased for the fourth consecutive month in October, reflecting improving economic conditions prior to the current surge in coronavirus cases.

Consumers Credit Union opens Walker branch

A Kalamazoo-based credit union opened a branch in Walker last week.

Study finds West Michigan cities have among worst standard of living for Black women

A new report ranks Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids near the bottom on a list of U.S. cities where Black women are more likely to be more economically empowered and thriving.

TCF acquires BB&T Commercial Equipment Capital

A division of TCF National Bank acquired a small-ticket equipment leasing and finance business.

JVL Wealth Strategies appoints partners

A local financial services firm elected two partners following its recent rebranding.

Whitecaps forge long-term partnership with LMCU, rename stadium

The name of the West Michigan Whitecaps’ stadium was changed to LMCU Ballpark.

Lockton Companies opens office in downtown Grand Rapids

A global insurance brokerage firm is opening a downtown Grand Rapids office and planning to hire 10 employees.

Charter Growth Capital Fund invests in Premier Engineered Products

A locally based private equity fund invested in its fifth portfolio company.

Manufacturing activity continues expansion trend

Manufacturing growth accelerated in December, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), but an economist who monitors West Michigan said the region is not recovering quite as quickly as the rest of the nation.

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