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.

State budget restores workforce funding support

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law a 2021 state budget this week that restores much-needed training dollars for companies in need of skilled workers.

City issues fiscal year 2020 performance report

Grand Rapids city officials recently reported positive progress in the first year of its four-year strategic plan.

WMCAT converts conference to eight-month virtual series

The West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology is converting its planned in-person, two-day conference on community prosperity to a mostly virtual, eight-month series.

Local First launches new online business directory

Local First is giving West Michigan residents a new resource for finding and keeping up with local businesses.

Kent County allocating $5 million to closed businesses

Kent County announced it will allocate $5 million to businesses closed by executive order as of Aug. 1.

Wyoming hosts open houses for master planning process

To help residents learn more about the plan and have an opportunity to ask questions, the city is hosting eight open houses next week.

Business Leaders for Michigan launching racial equity survey

The state’s business roundtable is committing to an “intense focus” on eliminating racial inequities in Michigan with key board members at the helm.

Partners unveil Gateways for Growth Welcome Plan

A multiorganization partnership unveiled a plan for creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for new Americans in Kent County.

Huntington Bank commits $5B to state

Michigan will receive the lion’s share of Huntington Bank’s recent $20 billion pledge to its seven-state footprint, and the bank’s West Michigan region president sees it as a fitting move given the level of need.

Kent County awards $450K grant to First Steps Kent

Kent County awarded First Steps Kent $450,000 in federal CARES Act dollars to assist licensed child care providers in meeting the needs of new health and safety requirements.

Ford airport breaks ground on phase one of federal inspection station

Gerald R. Ford International Airport entered phase one of its goal to welcome nonstop international commercial passenger flights.

Hispanic Chamber creates pilot student fellowship

Building Bridges Through Education, an initiative of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, launched BBTE Fellows, a pilot fellowship for Latinx students across Michigan.

US Department of Commerce invests $68K in CARES Act recovery funds

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration awarded a $68,250 CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission.

Rapid schedules three community-building events along Division Avenue

The Rapid, in partnership with Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and the cities of Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming, will host three community events in early October as part of the Division United project.

Comerica, GROW partner on Business $ense Boot Camps

Comerica Bank is contributing $112,000 to Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women to aid West Michigan entrepreneurs and small businesses.

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