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Trendway adds independent reps in Canada

Trendway added a pair of independent sales rep groups in Ontario and Quebec, continuing its expansion into Canada.

La Fuente Consulting launches language services company

A local diversity, equity and inclusion consulting firm is launching a partner company that will offer international interpretation, translation and multimedia services.
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Former GOP House speaker quits new job after criticism

KALAMAZOO — A former high-ranking Republican lawmaker quit Monday as leader of an economic development group in southwestern Michigan, days after his hiring was panned by leaders in the region.

Bodman admits new member

Bodman PLC announced Lindsay M. Cummings, of the Grand Rapids office, was admitted as a member of the firm.

Futures for Frontliners boosts state’s economy

LANSING — In the spring of 2020, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the Futures for Frontliners program to thank essential workers, but the program also may prove to be an economic asset to communities involved.

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.

Miller Johnson elects managing member

Grand Rapids-based law firm Miller Johnson announced David M. Buday was elected as managing member.

West Michigan Partnership for Children hires equity officer

A nonprofit foster care program hired a chief engagement and equity officer.

Report ranks Kalamazoo 8th in the Midwest for affordability

A personal finance website ranked Kalamazoo as one of the top 10 cities for high salaries and low cost of living.

Rockford Construction appoints vice president

Rockford Construction announced the appointment of Steven Frederickson as vice president, overseeing its health care division.

GRAAHI appoints 17-member advisory council

The Grand Rapids African American Health Institute is now aided by a consultative council intent on growing the nonprofit organization in fighting racial and ethnic health care disparities in West Michigan.

Report: Grand Rapids is 9th most dependent on small businesses for employment

A new report found over half of Grand Rapids workers are employed by small businesses, the ninth-highest percentage among large metros.

Local attorneys named to Lawyers of Color’s Hot List

Warner Norcross + Judd’s Ojone E. Ameadaji and Barnes & Thornburg's Erika Weiss were named to the 2020 Hot List by Lawyers of Color, a nonprofit organization that promotes diversity in the legal profession and advances democracy and equality in marginalized communities.

Staffing firm hosting skilled trades job fair

The local branch of Express Employment Professionals will host a skilled trades job fair this week on behalf of more than 50 West Michigan employers.

Varnum names executive director

Varnum LLP welcomed Patrick J. Reid to serve as its executive director.

Lacks Enterprises makes leadership changes

Lacks Enterprises named a new CEO and CFO in light of longtime CEO Richard Lacks Jr. transitioning to executive board chair.

Grand Rapids city manager appointed to statewide board

Grand Rapids City Manager Mark Washington was appointed to the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees, League Board President William Wild announced.

Land Conservancy of West Michigan appoints executive director

The Land Conservancy of West Michigan promoted its development leader to succeed its retiring executive director.

Report finds Grand Rapids has lowest percentage of female breadwinners

A new report puts Grand Rapids in last place among large metro areas where women earn more than their husbands.

Downtown Market adds board members

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market added three new board members last month.

Miller Canfield appoints first woman CEO

Detroit-based law firm Miller Canfield, which has a Grand Rapids office, named Megan Norris as its new chief executive officer, the first woman in the firm’s history to hold that title.

Logistics company opens brokerage division

Supply Chain Solutions introduced a brokerage division to its portfolio of logistics services.

Grand Rapids ranks No. 2 among ‘remote-ready cities’

A new report says Grand Rapids is one of the top 10 cities best positioned to attract remote workers.

Kent County commissioner joins Ford airport board of directors

Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority named Kent County Commissioner Emily Brieve to its board of directors.

Bodman selects aviation practice group co-chair

Bodman PLC appointed Brian E. Kersey of its Grand Rapids office as co-chair of the Aviation Law and Finance Practice Group.

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