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Tech entrepreneurs launch meeting schedule software

Three Grand Rapids technology entrepreneurs this summer launched machine-learning-based meeting schedule software in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Meijer injects $500K into Rende Progress Capital

Meijer Inc. is putting $500,000 into operational support and lending capital for the local racial equity lender Rende Progress Capital.

UV Angel signs manufacturing deal with Corning

A pathogen control technology maker in Grand Haven is partnering with Corning to scale its clean air products line.

New Holland announces fall-inspired Dragon’s Milk Reserve for 2020

New Holland Brewing Co. is releasing an updated throwback Dragon’s Milk Reserve bottling for fall-inspired enjoyment.

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.

Private equity firm acquires Cheeze Kurls Inc.

A local snack food manufacturer was acquired by the private equity firm Kilroy Partners.

Black-owned fashion retailer opening in downtown Grand Rapids

Mel Styles on Monday announced the grand opening of its first physical studio this weekend.

Boxed Water partners with eco-friendly businesses to support clean-up efforts

Boxed Water is Better of Grand Rapids announced a partnership with other eco-minded brands to drive consumer awareness of September’s Coastal Cleanup Month.

Big Boiler Brewing owners acquire Castle Brewing

Castle Brewing Co. in Greenville recently was sold to Big Boiler Brewing in Lowell, according to a statement from Small Business Deal Advisors.

RPC creates RACE4Progress loans for women of color

Rende Progress Capital is deploying three more loans through its RACE4Progress Loan Fund for entrepreneurs of color impacted by COVID-19.

Comerica Bank launches RISE! to support small business

Comerica Bank launched a program that will provide free business resources to aid in the pandemic economic recovery for its customers.

Flat River Group opens distribution center, appoints leaders

A toy and game distributor in the region added new space in Kentwood, hired two senior staff members and appointed a board member.

Comedian turns over a new lathe

The pandemic shutdown has comedian Amy Gascon spreading a different kind of cheese these days.

Jump Ahead L3C selling hats at Bridge Street Market

A youth-focused organization that is working toward opening a community center is selling hats in the Bridge Street Market.

Sock brand expands presence with new business deals

Grand Rapids social enterprise iNFable announced two major deals to help boost the brand.

New $50M fund set up to acquire West Michigan businesses

A private investment firm with ties to Western Michigan University recently launched a fund that will help aspiring owner-operators acquire small businesses in West Michigan.

Eastern Kille Distillery named Michigan Whiskey Distillery of the Year

A Grand Rapids-based distiller was named Michigan Whiskey Distillery of the Year upon receiving its first double gold award from the New York International Spirits Competition.

Michigan bowling alley closing after more than 50 years

BROOKLYN — The new coronavirus has knocked down the pins at a Michigan bowling alley.

CertaSite names leadership team

A recently formed, fast-growing fire protection and life safety company appointed a leadership team.

The Candied Yam wins $25K through Discover Eat It Forward program

A Southern food restaurant in Grand Rapids was randomly selected as the winner of $25,000 through a program created to support Black-owned restaurants during COVID-19.

City Built drops hip-hop-themed beer series

City Built Brewing Company announced its Crown Series, a new release of beers that pays homage to hip-hop duo Run the Jewels.

Restaurateurs open Eastown pizza joint

Defying the COVID-19 pandemic, husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Joel Wabeke and Sarah Wepman opened a pizzeria in Eastown called Quarantino’s.

Bell’s Best Brown sports new look; fall offerings begin to arrive

Fall is almost here, and with the changing of the seasons, craft beer fans will see the return of Bell’s Brewery signature stouts and other fall offerings, along with a new look for a fall favorite.

Startup filling a gap in boating industry

Harbor Hawk takes care of dockside needs, from lifts to deliveries.

Long Road releases first line of canned cocktails

Long Road Distillers rolled out a new lineup of canned craft cocktails, based on a few of its most popular cocktails since opening its doors more than five years ago.