Entrepreneurship growth slows amid economic challenges

After a year that saw unprecedented growth in new small businesses in the state, that growth is being hampered by a series of economic anomalies this year.

LAUP nears fifth decade serving Latinx community

An organization on the lakeshore is marking 48 years of advancing the welfare of marginalized populations with its services, programs and events.

Twisthink chooses Grand Rapids for new headquarters

A digital consulting firm will relocate its West Michigan headquarters.

Two companies spending $1.4M to expand in Jamestown Township

MFP Automation Engineering and Sprinkles Donut Shop received tax abatements Monday for their expansion projects in Jamestown Charter Township.

Whitmer denies proposed Muskegon area casino

A proposed casino project in Fruitport will not go forward.

Vision plan approved for Muskegon Heights

Muskegon Heights recently received approval to revitalize its downtown.

Casino issues $7.4M in revenue payments

Gun Lake Casino has distributed over $7.4 million in revenue back into Michigan communities in its most recent biannual payment between Oct. 1 and March 31. 

GVSU expert: Recession worries loom despite stable indicators

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Though economic indicators remain stable or even on the rise, worry over interest rates, inflation and continued supply chain issues have many leaders and economists predicting a recession, according to a local analyst.

Hudsonville Ice Cream launching $65.7M multiphase expansion

A local ice cream maker is expanding in the city of Holland.

Coastal Container launching $25M expansion

A packaging supplier will spend $25 million to expand in Holland and create at least 62 jobs.

Black Wallstreet Grand Rapids secures fiduciary partner

A southeast Grand Rapids economic development startup has chosen the fiduciary partner for its $100 million capital campaign that will launch Monday.

Grand Action 2.0 hires next executive director

A group that is guiding downtown development and riverfront activation efforts in Grand Rapids hired a former city of Grand Rapids economic development executive as its next leader.

Partners report GR SmartZone growing

Spartan Innovations and Start Garden reported this month economic development growth among high-tech startups is continuing in the region.

Michigan Rise makes 50th startup investment

A 2-year-old fund started by the Michigan State University Foundation now has invested nearly $6 million in startups across the Mitten state.

Nonprofit receives IRS approval to help cannabis job seekers

A Grand Rapids-based organization helping cannabis job seekers recently received formal 501(c)(3) status.

JR Automation spending $9.9M to expand in Holland

An automation solutions provider is expanding in Holland in a move that will create up to 140 jobs.

Encoris Group spending $1M to expand in Holland

A medical device manufacturer is building a 10,000-square-foot facility in Holland Charter Township.

Walters Gardens spending $9.1M to expand in Zeeland

A wholesale grower of perennials is building a new greenhouse in Zeeland Charter Township in a project that will create 50 jobs.

Village of Sparta incubates micro businesses

Innovative minds in Sparta came up with a plan to reactivate the downtown shopping district and help startups, and it is paying dividends in its third year of operations.

Huntington CEO surveys ‘enormous change’ of past year

The CEO of Huntington Bank said he is more bullish than ever on the economy and the bank’s future in Grand Rapids following the acquisition of TCF Bank last year.

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