Koops Automation investing $445K on Holland expansion

Koops Automation Systems in Holland is launching its third expansion in four years.

West Michigan Works! offering Careers in Construction Month events

The region’s workforce development agency is joining construction industry professionals and organizations across the nation in hosting events for Careers in Construction Month.

Auto supplier to create 100 jobs via expansion in Whitehall

Hilite International is launching an expansion in Whitehall that is expected to create 108 jobs and generate a total private investment of $9.6 million.

Business Leaders for Michigan appoints new president and CEO

The state’s business roundtable hired the former director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity as its next president and CEO.

Region nets over $12.3M in Restart grants

West Michigan small businesses are benefiting from a statewide, $100 million grant program to the tune of over $12.3 million, thanks to the efforts of a pair of regional economic development organizations.

Survey reveals COVID-19 upended status quo

A semi-annual survey report from PNC shows economic confidence fell during the past six months as small and midsize businesses across the country made major changes to their operations and relied on stimulus funds as a lifeline to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

DPW draws global interest for business park

The Kent County Department of Public Works announced it has received nine responses to a Request for Proposals issued in June for an anchor tenant at the future sustainable business park in Byron Center.

Franchising on the rise

While the economy is down and unemployment is at an all-time high, the franchising industry saw a bump in activity with people wanting to take more control of their future.

Comerica index shows state is recovering

A barometer of Michigan’s economic activity shows that the state is slowly rebounding.

Ada Township honors supervisor who served 32 years

Ada Township celebrated Oct. 8 as George Haga Day with a series of events to honor Haga’s work as township supervisor.

GROW receives $400K federal grant for small business lending

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women received a $400,000 grant to fund its small business development lending in economically disadvantaged communities.

Conquer Accelerator launches first Grand Rapids cohort

A Michigan State University Foundation accelerator program that provides funding, mentorship and network opportunities to emerging entrepreneurs launched a Grand Rapids cohort.

Grand Rapids rates among best places to live in US

Grand Rapids was named one of the top 100 best places to live in 2020.

City, county schedule survey and virtual community housing forums

Kent County residents are invited to identify priorities for investment of future federal grant dollars to support housing and community development projects and programs.

Chamber, Experience Grand Rapids campaign targets former West Michigan residents

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce and Experience Grand Rapids are launching a marketing campaign to draw former residents back to West Michigan.

Economic development leaders form statewide partnership

Economic developers from across the state recently partnered to form Economic Development Leaders for Michigan to protect and advance economic development initiatives through legislative advocacy.

Robotic transporters roll into Spectrum hospitals

Spectrum Health significantly expanded its fleet of service robots since introducing the first two to Butterworth and Blodgett hospitals in 2007.

Salon owner overcomes obstacles

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Jairleen Zuiderveen hasn’t let life’s hard knocks derail her from achieving her dream of owning a hair salon where men can feel comfortable and confident.

Photographer pictures new line of business

After taking professional photos for 18 years, Russ Climie, owner of Tiberius Images, has finally opened his own photography studio, but it is not your conventional studio.

GROW tallies impacts from ReStart Kent

An economic development nonprofit on a mission to help create equitable opportunities for small businesses in West Michigan is celebrating the successful completion of one loan program geared toward COVID-19 recovery and working to launch another.

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