Urban Alliance appoints interim executive director

An economic development nonprofit in Kalamazoo chose an interim leader as it searches for its next permanent executive director.

Economic Development Foundation changes its name

The Economic Development Foundation, a certified development company in Grandville, is now doing business as Great Lakes Commercial Finance.

Amplify GR hires education director and communications manager

An economic development nonprofit focused on the southeast side of Grand Rapids hired a pair of individuals from one of the neighborhoods it serves to round out its team.

Speedrack plans $65M expansion in Walker

A Sparta-based pallet racking and storage company is spending $65 million to expand in Walker.

Little Space Studio celebrates official opening with ribbon cutting

Little Space Studio officially opened with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting event at its location at The Harris Building, 111 S. Division Ave. in Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids Chamber adds talent programs

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is expanding its Create Great Leaders portfolio with the addition of two new talent development programs, Speak with Purpose and LeadUP.

Pandemic has many considering business exits

The tumult of the past 15 months is leading many business owners to think about retirement, but a local firm says only 1 in 4 have a formal succession plan in place.

Economic developers to foster supplier diversity

Large organizations often source products through one big supplier contract rather than several smaller ones, but an event being held this month will encourage buyers to give a chance to smaller, diverse-owned West Michigan businesses.

Organizations work to convert interns to employees

West Michigan organizations are working to make sure summer interns learn about the region’s diverse cultural, lifestyle and job opportunities in hopes they’ll have a great experience and put down roots.

Furniture industry panel discusses supply chain issues

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and West Michigan economic developers recently held their first-ever furniture industry symposium, and supply chain disruptions led the list of concerns.

GVSU hires director for accelerator initiative

Grand Valley State University named Steven Hodas as the executive director of GV NextEd Accelerator, a GVSU initiative that is designed to reduce institutional barriers to learning and develop new approaches and support for learners, educators and families.

Ottawa County calls on residents to assist in internet expansion efforts

The Ottawa County Data Collection Steering Committee was tasked with the collection of countywide internet-accessibility information that will be used to inform decision-making to effectively increase access to reliable and affordable internet.

The Right Place unveils online database of diverse business owners

The Right Place launched a Diverse Business Directory for greater Grand Rapids on its website as part of its economic inclusion initiatives.

Theater production company plans to invest $750K in West Side

Before beginning its seventh season July 23 with the opening of “Ain’t Nothing Like Family: Ms. Wilkins Goes to Court,” Host Productions LLC, a Grand Rapids-based theater production company, announced plans to invest nearly $750,000 in Grand Rapids’ West Side.

GVSU joins national effort to refine learning

Grand Valley State University is partnering with five other universities and colleges nationally to give students the opportunity to find solutions to some of higher education’s most challenging problems through the launch of REP4, Rapid Education Prototyping for Change, Learners, Community, Equity.

Firm advises employers on return-to-office plans

While many employees are celebrating the impending return of in-person work, their employers’ focus is on ensuring a smooth transition.

Citizens finds recovery continues in Q1

The Citizens Business Conditions Index for the first quarter of the year was in “upbeat territory,” the financial institution said.

Grand Rapids opens next round of match fund entries

The city of Grand Rapids is accepting proposals for the next round of Neighborhood Match Fund grants starting Tuesday.

Lakeshore Advantage to host SURGE Celebration

The economic development agency for Allegan and Ottawa counties will celebrate the years of work that led to the success of local startups at a public event next month.

$50K crowdfunding goal set for Holland’s Window on the Waterfront Park

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is aiming to help downtown Holland raise $50,000 for the Window on the Waterfront Nature Play Park project through a crowdfunding campaign.

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