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Art Caribbean Fusion Cuisine closes doors

A Caribbean-inspired restaurant in the heart of Grand Rapids closed down.

Ferris State University helps people of Myanmar through Anu Sushi contract

A sushi supplier to Ferris State University is making an impact providing meals to orphans and employing refugees from Myanmar.

Brunch-themed restaurant coming to downtown this fall

Fans of waffles, cocktails and coffee — particularly all three at once — will have a new brunch hangout this fall.

Wege Prize competition receives grant funding; Kendall College announces 2021 winners

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University’s international Wege Prize competition was awarded grant funding to extend the annual competition for five more years through 2025.

Mokaya brings unique chocolate to Grand Rapids

Mokaya, a Grand Rapids chocolatier known for high-tier chocolates, partnered with a South American producer on a unique product.

Trademark rule changes could provide more opportunities for owners

Trademark owners will have to adhere to some new rules and procedures later this year, courtesy of the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (TMA.)

Pandemic has many considering business exits

The tumult of the past 15 months is leading many business owners to think about retirement, but a local firm says only 1 in 4 have a formal succession plan in place.

Entrepreneur copes with loss by helping others

A West Michigan woman is turning her family tragedy into joy by doing something she loves.

The Right Place unveils online database of diverse business owners

The Right Place launched a Diverse Business Directory for greater Grand Rapids on its website as part of its economic inclusion initiatives.

Wise Men Distillery opens downtown tasting room

Wise Men Distillery of Kentwood recently opened a new tasting room in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, at 146 Monroe Center NW in the McKay Tower.

Whitmer: Spend $300M of virus aid to hike hourly wage to $15

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday proposed spending $300 million in federal COVID-19 funding to help Michigan businesses pay workers $15 an hour.

Grand Rapids Venture Capital acquires Professional Courier Services

A recently formed venture capital firm acquired a same-day small package delivery and errand service business.

Bell’s Brewery launches tropical spin on Oberon

Bell’s Brewery is taking Oberon fans to new shores with a tropical take on the summer beer.

Start Garden graduates make their mark

Start Garden has made its presence felt in this region’s business community ever since it was founded nine years ago by Rick DeVos.

SBAM chooses next president and CEO

The Small Business Association of Michigan chose its next president and CEO to succeed the organization’s outgoing leader next year.

Lakeshore Advantage to host SURGE Celebration

The economic development agency for Allegan and Ottawa counties will celebrate the years of work that led to the success of local startups at a public event next month.

Alpine Events unveils new Wyoming showroom, adds Holland location

A local events and rental company finished renovating its new headquarters and showroom in Wyoming and is about to open a new location in Holland.

Dance studio launches crowdfunding campaign

Midwest Movement Collective is seeking funding to open its doors.

Flint business owner sentenced for dumping waste into sewers

FLINT — A Flint business owner was sentenced to one year in prison for illegally dumping nearly 48 million gallons (182 million liters) of liquid landfill waste into the city's sewers over several years.

Teen rebrands, expands apparel company

Eion Jackson is one of those rare high school seniors who knows exactly what he’s going to do with his life, and he’s already making it happen.

Taste of Muskegon Tour unveils 2021 map

Taste of Muskegon is gearing up to host the first of its two major events this year with the unveiling of a tour map of restaurants and food trucks countywide.

Littlefoot Coffee receives entrepreneur of the year award

Grandville-based Littlefoot Coffee Roasters received the 2021 Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Michigan State University Product Center during its Making It In Michigan conference.
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Former realtor opens locally focused e-commerce site

A former Grand Rapids realtor has left an established career of 12 years to open her own e-commerce shop.

Eastern Kille Distillery wins double gold at world competition

Eastern Kille Distillery participated in the world’s largest spirits competition for the second year and earned its first double gold medal, the highest medal awarded.

SpringGR alumni to be featured at Woodland Mall Mother’s Day expo

A large group of graduates of the small business coaching and training program SpringGR will provide a one-stop shop for last-minute Mother’s Day gifts this weekend.