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Can-Do Kalamazoo launches $50K campaign for new building

An organization is launching a $50,000 crowdfunding campaign to raise the remaining capital for its mixed-use incubator space in Kalamazoo.

Local tech startup receives $500K investment

A Grand Rapids-based tech startup secured an investment from a startup accelerator.

Teen entrepreneur lands Fresh Thyme deal

A Kalamazoo teen recently secured a retail deal for her small business.

Can-Do Kalamazoo to unveil plans for mixed-use incubator

In addition to browsing the wares of 100 vendors, attendees of the Kalamazoo Farmers Market’s June Night Market can learn details of Can-Do Kalamazoo’s new branding and building plans.

Nonprofits partner to offer grants to women-owned businesses

Two Muskegon organizations are working together to support women-owned businesses. 

College student launches designer basketball line, partners with Marvel design team

A Michigan native at East Carolina University collaborated with a high-profile design studio to bring a fresh vision to basketball. 

The Collaborative Lab opens in Comstock Park

West Michigan businesses and content creators have a new studio available to use for events and the creation of videos, photos and podcasts.

BAMF Health to advance cancer care with new scanner

A recent delivery of groundbreaking technology will enable a Grand Rapids-based precision medicine company to make strides in detecting and treating cancer.

Grand Valley grad heads in new direction

Kat (Samardzija) Weaver isn’t one to sit still when she could be building something new.

Partners report GR SmartZone growing

Spartan Innovations and Start Garden reported this month economic development growth among high-tech startups is continuing in the region.

Michigan Rise makes 50th startup investment

A 2-year-old fund started by the Michigan State University Foundation now has invested nearly $6 million in startups across the Mitten state.

Clean Team acquires janitorial division of Century Flooring & Cleaning

A Toledo, Ohio-based company acquired the janitorial division of a local business.

ArtRat to host storefront-making workshop

A local art gallery will host the Storefront Guy for a free workshop.

Entrepreneur grows book-related businesses in Grandville

Amber Skiles built two businesses inspired by her love of vintage books and her desire to keep them out of landfills.

Small businesses lament inflation

Small business owners across the country and locally are reporting inflationary pressures are hurting their bottom line and making it harder to survive, according to a recent survey.

Village of Sparta incubates micro businesses

Innovative minds in Sparta came up with a plan to reactivate the downtown shopping district and help startups, and it is paying dividends in its third year of operations.

Talent optimization platform raises $3.5M in seed funding

A Grand Rapids tech startup that uses machine learning to map workforce capabilities has secured $3.5 million in venture capital.

Cyberattacks are gaining momentum

A new report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation found cybercrimes cost Michiganders more than $181 million last year, and a local expert says the risks will only continue to rise amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Lakeshore Advantage opens startup incubator

Lakeshore Advantage’s SURGE program has opened a pilot business incubator, The SURGE Center, in downtown Holland.

Business owners back community in more ways than one

Starting and growing a business can be challenging, but one local family has managed to do both during an unprecedented period in history.

Wedding vendors swamped by pent-up COVID demand

LANSING — “We’ve been in business for 37 years, and this is definitely the craziest season we have ever seen,” said Kevin Humphrey.

Cedar Springs Cannabis celebrates grand opening

A new cannabis retailer is bringing a hometown feel to Cedar Springs.

Aggressive Cleaning Services sells to private buyer

A building services company acquired a local commercial cleaning business.

Film director spots receptive market in West Michigan

While businesses were closing during the pandemic, Paige Irene Bruns was opening her own.

RPC makes loan to Black-owned car detailing and paint company

Rende Progress Capital made a new loan to a Walker-based vehicle detailing company.