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Panel OKs $1.2B coronavirus bill; visitation rules relaxed

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers advanced a bill Wednesday that would allocate more than $1.2 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding, including $200 million to help small businesses restart as stay-at-home restrictions are loosened.

Business Leaders for Michigan shares COVID-19 recovery proposal

The state’s business roundtable shared a three-part proposal with elected officials for a “sustainable” restarting of Michigan’s economy.

Owner of marijuana dispensaries offers grants

Greg Maki, the owner of Park Place Provisionary and Exit 9 Provisionary, started the Agri-Med Comeback Fund for Muskegon Businesses to help businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.

Family owners close Grand Central Market and Deli

The family that owns Grand Central Market & Deli in downtown Grand Rapids is closing up shop permanently.

Former chef launches New York-style bagel company

A former chef and current line cook at The Commons Grand Rapids is launching a bagel bakery.

Report shows remote work poses higher security risks

Verizon investigation shows almost twice as many confirmed breaches as last year.

Salons assemble their game plans

Everyone wants a haircut, but at what cost?

Pandemic can’t stop new cannabis business

While most locally owned businesses have an established presence in Grand Rapids and are known among residents, Casey Kornoelje has not been so fortunate.

Teen uses free time during pandemic to grow streetwear business

A local youth began pouring his passion into his e-commerce clothing business when COVID-19 put life on pause in March.

Court orders defiant Michigan barber to close his shop

DETROIT — A Michigan court on Thursday ordered a barber to close his shop and stop defying the state's COVID-19 restrictions, though he vowed to keep cutting hair.

Physical rehab center announces new location

The Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Therapy LP announced plans to open its newest clinic Monday.

Local fashion designer to open first retail store

Grand Rapids-based fashion designer RC Caylan is bringing his designs to Breton Village this summer.The flagship store for RC Caylan Atelier will feature a...

New app offers transportation for kids

Trusted Rides officially launched in Grand Rapids with a new iOS and Android app to help working parents meet their children's transportation needs.

Report finds nearly 45,000 self-employed workers in Grand Rapids metro

A new report by Volusion found the Grand Rapids metro area is home to almost 45,000 self-employed workers, which is 9.1% of its total workforce.

Right Place assists medical device packaging company

Packaging Compliance Labs is expanding its current operations in Kentwood.

Dynamic Conveyor rolls out specialty line

A conveyor manufacturer is launching a line of specialty conveyors built to handle items that traditional lines can’t.

Mertens Hospitality opens second pop-up restaurant

The owner of a local French restaurant, café and bakery has opened a pop-up pasta restaurant on-site.

New Hotel Mertens announces unlimited coffee club

Mertens Hospitality, owner of local French favorite restaurant New Hotel Mertens, announced it will offer an unlimited coffee membership.

Brothers Leather Supply Co. shifts to custom branded goods

A company that makes leather goods is shifting to a custom-branded products model for other businesses.

Long Road celebrates five years with new release

Long Road Distillers will celebrate its fifth anniversary this weekend with a limited release of a new offering, Long Road Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon Whisky.

H-2B hospitality workers in limbo for summer season

Some are here with no work while others wait in their homelands for clearance to come here.

Entrepreneurs create ear-saving inventions

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Wearing a face mask all day can be a pain in the ears.

Republic Services spends $20M in local communities

In response to economic restrictions brought on by COVID-19, Republic Services launched a $20-million initiative to recognize its frontline employees in the field, their families and small business customers across the country, effectively killing two birds with one stone.

PADNOS launches staffing agency

As a company that prides itself on its flexibility and innovation, PADNOS has launched a staffing firm that provides employee labor to customers that need it.

MEDC, Michigan Women Forward create $1.5M relief fund

The state is partnering with an organization that supports women entrepreneurs on a relief fund for small business owners.